Whitewater, E.Fk., Indiana, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|Max Gradient||15 fpm|
|EAST FORK WHITEWATER RIVER AT BROOKVILLE, IN|
|usgs-03276000||3.50 - 6.50 ft||I||01h32m||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).|
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).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.8||Concrete Surf Wave||I|
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.