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Difficulty I
Length 34 Miles
Gauge WHITEWATER RIVER AT BROOKVILLE, IN
Flow Range 100 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 161 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/05/2017 10:43 am

River Description


Despite its promising name, the Whitewater River holds very little true whitewater. This reach is quite popular for canoeing, and boaters will find good swift current, minor rapids, and (perhaps, at the right water levels) a few potentially surfable waves.

While the majority of miles of the Whitewater River lie in Indiana, it flows into the state of Ohio (to its confluence with the Great Miami, before it, in turn, runs into the Ohio River). That short stretch in Ohio is one of only three which the state of Ohio has named to "exceptional water quality" status, according to the Ohio EPA. (The other 2 are the Mohican and the Tuscarawas.) It also has 100% attainment of aquatic life.

Putin: Metamora, near roadside park on U. S. 52 just west of Metamora.
Takeout: northeast corner of Jameson Road bridge (south of Harrison, Ohio on the Indiana-Ohio state line).
Alternate takeout: Lost Bridge on the Great Miami River in Ohio.

Note: for a reach this long, there certainly are other put-in and take-out options for shorter runs. Logged-in registered users might help out fellow boaters by adding a comment to list your favorite sections (put-in and take-out) and telling a bit about what is available on that section and what flows you like best for it.

Rapid Descriptions

Gauge: 1,224 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Directions Description


Put-in: Metamora, near roadside park on U. S. 52 just west of Metamora.
Take-out: northeast corner of Jameson Road bridge (south of Harrison, Ohio on the Indiana-Ohio state line).
Shuttle: From Brookville, proceed south on old U.S.52. Cross Interstate 74 near the state line. Old U.S.52 curves around the river and goes through Harrison, Ohio. When U.S.52 turns left (east), instead continue straight ahead four blocks to the river.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2011-06-01 n/a Fatality One Boat Trip Read More

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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

7/26/2005
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.
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