Greg Hynes submits (2006-04-14):
For those living in or around Southeastern Indiana this is a fun run with some fun play spots.
Most of the property along the river (except the Brookville Town Park) is private so please respect.
The put is just below the dam off of Highway 101. (Stay well below the spillway.) Watch for friendly fishermen. You will float down through several riffles and (at high water) class II-III drops. The last of these will be river left, just before the US 52 bridge and the confluence with the West Fork (old cement factory dumping area). This oblique surfing wave is the most fun, but develops into a powerful keeper hole at high flows (lake let down times).
For take out you may wish to coordinate with (and maybe pay an access fee to) Morgans Canoe (on the Whitewater River, after the confluence with the W.Fork).
Put-in. Be mindful of people fishing in the tailwaters.
The river narrows to about half it's width as it drops over a small shoal. Because of the drop and narrowing, the current is very swift here with crisp eddies on both sides. Great place for catching eddies, s-turns, and ferrying in swift current.
Possible spot for eddyline moves.
Some old concrete (maybe?) in the river creates a small surf wave/hole. Ferry over and front surf until you get bored, cold, or cold and bored.
More of a riffle, but still has some eddies and small holes to play in. Go to the right for the best kind of fun.
Private take out. If it is during their season of operation, check with them before you take out to pay any access fee that they might be charging.
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We paddled this on 10/2/10. The gage read around 3.4 ft. First, I would not classify this as a II-III river. It is a class I river. Second, I would not consider it "runnable" at this level. We drug through almost every riffle. There were a couple of small waves and holes that were barely a discernable feature at this level and were barely surfable. I would suggest about 3-6 more inches of water to be classified as minimal flows. At that level, this could be a great training run for beginners to learn edge control and there are plenty of good eddies to catch.
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Phone:Water Management Team (502) 315-6487
Cited gauge is at Hwy.101 near the put-in for this reach, thus very accurately reflects stage for this reach. Flows will be dependent upon release from the dam.
Neither release schedule nor best levels (min/max) are known at this time.
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