Mill Creek - Cataract Falls (1 mile) ** Access Issues **


Mill Creek, Indiana, US

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Cataract Falls (1 mile) ** Access Issues **

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

Photo#10503

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MILL CREEK NEAR CATARACT, IN
usgs-03358000 350 - 1200 cfs V 01h09m 87.1 cfs (too low)


River Description

Presently very off limits, but it has been run.

For more info, see this website: Cataract Falls


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-06-15 10:41:29

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Upper CataractVWaterfall Photo
0.9Lower CataractIVWaterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Upper Cataract (Class V, Mile 0.1)

Upper Cataract Falls @ 2500 cfs

Upper Cataract Falls @ 2500 cfs
Photo of Upper Cataract Falls by Ben Swain taken 01/06/07 @ 2500 cfs

A very action-filled, complex lead-in brings you to this falls. It starts with a river-wide short dam structure, proceeds to various slides, ledges, and waves, and then . . . the big wahoo! The left side of the main falls lands shallow/hard on rock. The remainder of the width of the falls looks wicked with high flows.



Lower Cataract (Class IV, Mile 0.9)

Photo#10503

The approach to this falls is much more straightforward than the Upper, though not without it's own hazard. A preliminary short ledge forms a wave which can stop you for an unplanned surf. You had better come out of it in your boat and in control, because the main drop is not far downstream.

Believe it or not, it should be noted that this lower cascade is sometimes not present! Water from the 'lake' (reservoir) downstream can back up so much that it completely swallows up this drop!

The following YouTube video shows a run of this drop.




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