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Difficulty II at this flow (I normally)
Length 0.01 Miles
Gauge Great Miami River at Hamilton OH
Flow Range 500 - 1200 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 34 minutes ago 1140 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/19/2006 1:26 pm

River Description

The "50 Hole" is a good park and play spot. The hole is under the railroad trestle right next to Rt.50. Cross over the tracks and you will see the well worn parking space and the trail to the river.

At the higher levels it tends to be a glass wave that is good for front surfing and not much else. When it gets into the lower levels it becomes more of a hole that is good for spinning and low angle cartwheels. It is an excellent place to learn to spin (my first spin was completed here).

Behind the hole there is a huge eddy, but the eddy line is tricky (sucking whirlpools, etc). Beginners might get stuck on one of these eddy lines and have trouble rolling up.

There is a slight worry about water quality, so keep your eyes and mouth shut when you flip.

Other related or nearby streams: Heritage Park to Dravo Park, Great Miami, Ohio (Class I), about 11 miles NorthEast (upstream).

Rapid Descriptions


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Tom carson
3 years ago

OK, we got the tree cut up and after much effort got it headed past the eddy line back into the pool and headed downstream. It was awesome today at 640 or so, good for surfing, front and back and not wicked whirlpools downstream. Still a small hole but very adequate for some fun and as the H2O level has been down for some time the water quality is not bad. Lots of fish jumping.

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Tom carson
3 years ago

Tree down in the hole, requires chain saw work to move as it is still attached at the trunk.

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6 years ago

I stopped by Fifty Hole yesterday evening for a little Park and Play. Flow was around 700 cfs, so the "Hole" should have been rockin'. I was extremely disappointed with what I saw. What used to be a playable hole was nothing more than a mild surf wave. Whatever formed the pourover must have been pushed downstream. Also, the eddy to the right is filling in with silt. It's too shallow to practice rolls (like you'd want to) near the bank. Hopefully, the hole will come back, but for now it's not worth the trip unless you're really desperate to paddle in funky water. I'm still wondering what those huge clumps of brown foam are that are trapped in the eddy.

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13 years ago

tree down just pass the hole look out.

Gage Descriptions

When nothing else is running in Ohio this is normally pretty good. I have never seen the hole too low. The lower the better, 700 to 900 cfs is prime.

Directions Description

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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

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.

Bryan Tudor


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