Gauge Description:

 A gauge installed as part of the Ohio Edison Dam hydroelectric project is the basis for the references to flow rates discussed below. This gauge is accessed via the Advanced Hydro Solutions (AHS) website by clicking here or directly using this link. The AHS gage is updated every 30 minutes, is not influenced by contributions from the Little Cuyahoga River, and is better suited to monitor flow conditions in this section of the river.

Unfortunately (or, perhaps fortunately!), that gauge appears to have been very short-term, and is no longer reporting. It was part of a study for a proposed hydro project (which may have inundated or altered flows to part or all of this reach).

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cuyahoga River at Old Portage OH
usgs-04206000 500 - 4000 cfs I(II) 13h06m 265 cfs (too low)
gauge class Too low for any real whitewater experience.
Gauge (404 sq.mi.drainage) is about 15 miles downstream, and a dam intervenes. Flows in this reach may therefore differ slightly from gauge.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 500 cfs extremely Low-barely Low I(II) gauge is important or has warning Too low for any real whitewater experience.
500 -1000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-II gauge is important or has warning Low-boatable; friendly beginner flow.
1000 -2000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II(III) gauge is important or has warning Moderate flow; sweet surfing for intermediate whitewater boaters.
2000 -4000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-III+ gauge is important or has warning High flows; big and pushy, not recommended for novice whitewater boaters, but great fun for aggressive experienced paddlers.
4000 -6000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High III+ gauge is important or has warning Epic flows; Caution is urged.
6000 -10000 cfs somewhat High-extremely High III+ gauge is important or has warning (Near) Record flows. Extreme caution is urged for anyone attempting to boat.

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Cuyahoga River [OH] Doubled Up +2,000 cfs David Hill
Cuyahoga [OH] Cuyahoga at Kent 2700 cfs (?) Rob
3y232d18h53m @Cuyahoga A. Brady's Leap to wooden landing below Stow Street [OH] Pin spot hole 1670 cfs Matt Jackson
8y15d13h17m /Cuyahoga-A. Kent to Munroe Falls [OH] The Big One n/a Daniel Dzurec
8y15d13h19m /Cuyahoga-A. Kent to Munroe Falls [OH] The Big One n/a Daniel Dzurec
8y15d13h24m /Cuyahoga-A. Kent to Munroe Falls [OH] Big Water n/a Daniel Dzurec
8y15d13h30m /Cuyahoga-A. Kent to Munroe Falls [OH] Big Water n/a Daniel Dzurec
> 10 years Cuyahoga [OH] Cuyahoga River at Kent 1130 Keith Clarke
> 10 years Cuyahoga River [OH] River Day 1140 cfs on AHS gage David Hill
> 10 years Cuyahoga, at Kent [Oh] Dave's Wave 1140 Timothy Reynolds
> 10 years Cuyahoga River [OH] Dam By-Pass Channel 1700 cfs on USGS gag David Hill
> 10 years Cuyahoga River [OH] Pin Spot ~200 cfs on USGS gag David Hill
> 10 years Cuyahoga River [OH] Spring Warmup n/a David Hill