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Difficulty II-III
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge O'Bannon Creek near Loveland OH
Flow Range CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 2.85 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/17/2011 12:01 am

River Description

This run is a delightful and scenic Class II-III run. It starts off as a very mild class I stream for the first mile and a half, with two probable portages due to bad strainers. Chances of paddlers hiking and cleaning this creek are highly unlikely, so expect these trees to stay put for some time.

About a half mile after passing the first bridge, the creek finally starts to pick it up a little bit. When you see a gigantic mustard color mansion on river left, the first ledge appears. It's a small double ledge that is easily run anywhere. Not long after that, the first horizon line comes into view. This is the largest drop on the creek. Easily run with 3 or 4 fun lines, a sweet boof is located just left of center.

The creek continues with boogie water down to the next big ledge. When you see the next bridge, you'll know it's coming. A visible horizon line is apparent and you should have the line picked out ahead of time. This drop is the bad one you've probably already scouted while running shuttle. You've probably already decided whether or not to run it, too. There is only one safe way to run this drop, (other than sliding up on the right bank and pushing yourself over the ledge) and that is down a noticeable spout on river right. If you don't run it there, you're probably gonna spend some time in the hole. A ten foot log was seen on one occasion, doing cartwheels in the hole for over twenty minutes. Get your boof stroke on 'cause you're gonna need it. This is a good place to set safety if you're gonna try running this thing at higher levels.

The run is almost over. There is just a half mile of non-stop action with some small ledges and a couple of fun surf/play spots. Enjoy!

Rapid Descriptions

The final ledge

Class - III Mile - 2.9

The ledge is a riverwise horsehose shaped falls.  The drop can make a nasty hole at super high water.  There is an excellent access point here.


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8 years ago

There are no longer any trees that require portaging. There was one strainer that you can boat over when the river is a normal boatable flows.

Gage Descriptions

No gauge, just take a 'visual' at any of the bridges. Only runnable after heavy rains.

Directions Description

The take-out is located just south of Morrow on Woodville Road at the confluence of First Creek and Todd's Fork. From there, head south on Woodville Rd. (stopping to scout the nasty ledge under the first bridge you'll cross) to Gheils-Carroll Rd. Turn right on Gheils and head to the first bridge. You can put in here on river left just upstream of the bridge, but you MUST Ask Permission. The homeowner is very nice, but do not take advantage of the situation. He allows access but we were told to please ask permission every time, and do not bring multiple cars and/or a crowd.

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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.

Matt Muir




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