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Difficulty V
Length 1 Miles
Gauge MILL CREEK NEAR CATARACT, IN
Flow Range 350 - 1200 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 204 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/15/2005 10:41 am

River Description


Presently very off limits, but it has been run.

For more info, see this website: Cataract Falls

Rapid Descriptions

Upper Cataract

Class - V Mile - 0.1

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

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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Will Crimmins
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14 years ago

If you have any questions about running the falls, shoot me an email at willcrimmins@yahoo.com. I ran them about a week and a half ago, March 28th 2004. Would definately recommend running. -Will

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Mikr Clendenen
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7 years ago

Ran lower falls 3 weeks back at 600 cfs. Went great! The upper falls dosent look good to go without 2000 cfs at least, let me know if you wanna run it on the next rain! mclendenen1@gmail.com

Summary of Gauge Readings

At 350, the falls may be do-able, but very 'boney'. Boats are likely to 'grunge out' on the bedrock.
At levels above 1000, the lead-in to the upper falls will become increasingly pushy.
The lower falls is subject to being completely 'swallowed up' by the lake below!

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
MILL CREEK NEAR CATARACT, IN
AW Gauge Info
204 cfs ℹ️ 02h02m Gauge (245 sq.mi. drainage) is less than four miles upstream, thus very accurately portrays flow in reach.
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Directions Description


Access is restricted. Anyone chosing to run this is advised to have a shuttle buddy for drop off and pick up.

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