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

Mill Creek, Indiana, US


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

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03358000 350 - 1200 cfs V 01h08m 131 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


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)


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.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
November 16 2011 (2583 days ago)
mclendenen (153684)
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!
April 6 2004 (5362 days ago)
Will CrimminsDetails
If you have any questions about running the falls, shoot me an email at I
ran them about a week and a half ago, March 28th 2004. Would definately recommend running. -Will

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