Massie's Creek - Wilberforce

Massie's Creek, Ohio, US



Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 0.5 Miles

Rue de Scaramouche

Rue de Scaramouche
Photo of Bottom of drop by Ron Metzger @ 200 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Massies Creek at Wilberforce OH
usgs-03241500 150 - 3000 cfs III 00h17m 137 cfs (too low)

River Description

Local authorities do not consider this a legal run. Paddler's attempting this reach run risk of fine and confiscation of gear. See comment below.

from Rick Roberts' post to Boater Talk,

At 100 CFS it's not that narrow. Class wise I'd call it a very technical 3 with 2 consequences in that if the worst happened, it's a short access to being able to walk out. No serious swims. Lots of drops in the 3-6 foot level and big rocks.

A 3 because there would be a lot of maneuvering to do. Very easy to walk around anything you might not want to run.

The dam at the start of it is part of an old quarry.

I've seen it at 125 CFS and there wer no boils or anything indicating serious hydraulics.

You won't find it mentioned in any book because it's only runnable after lots of rain and not for very long.

If it's a 1/2 mile to the take out I'd be astonished which means you could run it several times.

It would almost be as though someone built an artificial WW course.

Description: The dam at the put-in is well over 15 feet.
The run is over a mile long, and there are only 2 good drops.
Both are near the beginning of the run, in a very pretty gorge.
The last 2/3 of the run is basically flat with lots of strainers.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-04-17 00:12:28

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 1 2011 (2578 days ago)
There are some scary strainers in the second drop. At higher flows it is hard to see them.
January 23 2006 (4746 days ago)
logan bockrathDetails
this is a legal run, but odnr doesn't encourage it. The dam is a good 20', kind of horse shoe
shaped, and has a fairly large hydraulic at high water; it's also very deep. The only rapid on the
run has a 6' drop and then a 4' drop about 50' downstream. A very pretty creek for Ohio if you can
overcome the smell of sewage in the water.
January 3 2004 (5497 days ago)
Scott McCorveyDetails
My buddy ran it a few days ago and on his 3rd lap had a Ranger threaten to arrest him and give him
a fine of $1500 as well as take his boats etc.