Whitewater, E.Fk. - b) Brookville Dam to confl. w. W.Fk.Whitewater (2 miles)

Whitewater, E.Fk., Indiana, US


b) Brookville Dam to confl. w. W.Fk.Whitewater (2 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm
Max Gradient 15 fpm

Phil Surfin' the Cold

Phil Surfin' the Cold
Photo of Phil E. by Scott Puthoff taken 11/24/12 @ 4.36 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03276000 3.50 - 6.50 ft I 00h40m 3.06 ft (too low)
Too low. Can be done, but expect to drag through all shoals/rapids. Gauge (380 sq.mi. drainage) is at put-in. Flows are highly regulated by dam immediately upstream (subject to suddenly rise or fall significantly).

River Description

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).



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Last Updated: 2017-08-06 02:14:36


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Brookville DamN/APutin Photo
0.9Mini-AcceleratorIPlayspot Photo
1.8Concrete Surf WaveIPlayspot Photo
1.9Bridge RapidIPhoto
2.0Morgan's CanoeN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Brookville Dam (Class N/A)


Photo by Scott Puthoff taken 11/25/12

Put-in.  Be mindful of people fishing in the tailwaters.

Mini-Accelerator (Class I, Mile 0.9)

Some swift water

Some swift water
Photo by Scott Puthoff taken 11/24/12 @ 4.36 ft

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.

Concrete Surf Wave (Class I, Mile 1.8)

Surfin' Time

Surfin' Time
Photo of Tara S. by Scott Puthoff taken 11/24/12 @ 4.36 ft

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.

Bridge Rapid (Class I, Mile 1.9)

Chute to the right!

Chute to the right!
Photo by Scott Puthoff taken 11/24/12 @ 4.36 ft

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.

Morgan's Canoe (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

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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August 13 2006 (4541 days ago)
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