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Difficulty II+
Length Miles
Gauge Mad River near Dayton OH
Flow Range 1200 - 2400 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 946 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2011 1:10 am

River Description


This is a great park and play spot! You can do anything here including cart wheels, spitwheels, blunts, etc.
The water comes out of 3 tunnels and is divided in half by a concrete wall. You want to play on the river left side. The right side can be nasty -- great paddlers have swam out of it.

Try to keep a low profile -- I have been harassed by the cops. It is best to park way down stream and paddle up to the dam. This is not very hard if you keep to the bank where the flow is very slow.

Note: You may also wish to visit Bernie's Hole, which lies about a mile downstream.

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Karl Whipp
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15 years ago

The access at Huffman dam is, at this point, somewhat sketchy. If you do not know anyone who really knows the low down on where to park, how to act and how to respond if approached by the authorities, please make sure that you find someone who does know the real scoop before going. We would hate to lose this nice playspot due to inappropriate action here. We would like to keep this spot open for everyone to use...wisely. Im sure you understand.

Thanks.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Anything below 1200 is not worth the drive.
Prime level is 1700 cfs.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Mad River near Dayton OH
AW Gauge Info
946 cfs 01h11m Gauge (635 sq.mi. drainage) is 300' upstream of this dam, so accurately reflects actual flow for this spot.
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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

2005-07-26 00:00:00-04
Thomas O'Keefe

The Cuyahoga River, the river that burned, played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation's river conservation movement. While restoration gains have been significant, a proposal for a new hydropower project on a dam targeted for removal would represent a signficant setback in ongoing restoration efforts and would delay for at least half a century any effort to bring back the lost whitewater that sits buried behind the Ohio Edison Gorge Dam. Paddler participation at upcoming scoping meetings is important.
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