Despite its promising name, the Whitewater River holds very little true whitewater. Quite popular for canoeing and recreational kayaking, you'll 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, which then flows into the Ohio River). That short stretch in Ohio is one of only three sections of river which the Ohio EPA has named to "exceptional water quality" status. (The other two 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. We encourage registered, logged-in users to help out fellow boaters by adding comments, listing your favorite sections (put-in and take-out) and telling what is available on that section and what flows you like best for it.
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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.
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