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Upper Cuyahoga River/Sheraton anybody?

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 10:30 AM

Hey guys! I'm new to this group and don't really know much about how it works, but would anybody like to run a stretch of the Cuyahoga River sometime?

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  • Virginia

    Erin, thanks for your very informative posts on the Cuyahoga. We will definitely keep your info in mind when planning future paddles. For sure, the Sheraton section would not be suitable for beginners...
    Don't mind a few challenges, but this group paddles flat water for the most part ...

    November 9, 2013

  • Virginia

    Sorry, wont't be attending due to temps.

    November 8, 2013

  • Sue R.

    I will not be attending. Be safe to all that go....

    November 7, 2013

  • Erin

    Read below first. This is a continuation.

    To confuse matters even more, the non-profit organization "Friends of the Crooked River", along with various communities & other organizations, are trying to create a designated water trail for nearly the entire river. This is a lofty goal and they realized they would be more successful if they broke the river down logical sections and worked on obtaining the designation by section. They their own names the 7 sections, so there are even more terms flying around out there! One of those terms is Lower, which is the industrial section, and another is Gorge, which includes both the Sheraton section & the Lower Gorge. Are we having fun yet?

    Because whitewater requires a much higher degree of skill, experience and knowledge it is rare to find places that rent whitewater boats. Liveries rent canoes & recreational kayaks on sections of river that are considered suitable
    for beginners at normal water levels.

    November 7, 2013

  • Erin

    Since I paddle both flatwater & whitewater, it might help to clarify some terminology for everyone. The "Sheraton" section refers to the Class III/IV section of the river starting roughly where the 2 dams came down this summer and continuing for a bit beyond the Sheraton Hotel. Some may occasionally refer to the Sheraton section as the Upper Gorge, but Sheration is most common & helps to eliminate confusion, as there is another "Upper".

    The Upper Cuyahoga generally refers to the flatwater sections from the headwaters down to the Sheraton section. There are several "sub-sections" which are generally referred to by their put in & takeout locations. There is another whitewater Class III section called the Lower Gorge. It begins below the Edison Dam and continues to Cascade Metropark in Akron.

    The Lower Cuyahoga flows through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park & into Lake Erie.

    I ran out of space & will continue with another post.

    November 7, 2013

  • Virginia

    Looks like the weather is not going to cooperate -- cloudy, in the low 50s, with up to 20 mph winds. Does not sound like a good day to be on the river. You guys are free to post a location and meet up, but I think Sat. will be too cold for me. Sorry, but the rentals are already closed for the season.

    November 7, 2013

  • Rhonda Peters S.

    So what location? And is there a place to rent a kayak there?

    November 7, 2013

  • Matt J.

    Hey Virginia I appreciate the courtesy but I think you know the group and the area better than I do, so I think itd be better if you or someone else chose a suitable location. The Sheraton section is fun, but you cant rent boats, it requires us to operate a multi-vehicle shuttle, and to top it off, is mostly class iii & iv rapids. So I'd rather trust your site decision

    November 6, 2013

  • Virginia

    I have changed the location back to Matt's suggestion, since this was his idea. Matt, please post a date and more specific location when you decide what is best. Thanks!

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to 5759 Canal Rd

    November 6, 2013

  • Erin

    I have a prior commitment & cannot attend. I'm unable to paddle until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Bummer! You can learn a little about river gages by reading the discussion I started for this club last summer. For the Kent section, go to the Crooked Rivers Canoe Livery website, click on the paddling link on the right, scroll down & read their recommendations about river levels on the bottom left, click on the real-time data link & find the CFS. Right now the level is fine for beginners, as it is below 500 CFS. Here is a direct link (you might have to copy & paste): http://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv?site_no=04206000

    Unfortunately, Rhonda, they've closed for the season. I would think most or all of the liveries in this part of the country have probably closed.

    November 6, 2013

  • Virginia

    Matt, would you like to post a location i'm not sure what you had in mind ... Saturday looks to be in the mid-50s. Should we try for it?

    November 5, 2013

    • Matt J.

      Well my idea location no longer appears to be suitable for the event. I cant personally guarantee that I can do Saturday, but if it works for everybody else then I can just meet up with you guys another time, its no biggie

      November 6, 2013

  • Virginia

    Erin, you seem to know a lot about reading the gauges. Would you mind keeping an eye on the section from Kent to Cuyahoga Falls?

    November 5, 2013

  • Erin

    Water level, of course, depends on rain & releases from the reservoir, but suffice it to say that the level immediately upstream of the removed dams is shallower and a little pushy. I haven't paddled the Kent to Cuyahoga Falls section since they were removed, but would guess it hasn't changed much. For river paddling it is always best to check the gauge when in doubt.

    November 5, 2013

  • Jeffrey Waggoner changed the location for this Meetup

    November 4, 2013

  • Jeffrey Waggoner changed the location for this Meetup

    November 4, 2013

  • Jeffrey W.

    what day time or what location?

    November 4, 2013

  • Erin

    Count me in as a "maybe". I'm hoping for good weather around Thanksgiving as that may be my first chance between now & the end of November to spend a day on the river.

    November 3, 2013

  • Rhonda Peters S.

    yes, but I need to start at a place that rents kayaks as I don't own one at this time.

    November 3, 2013

  • Virginia

    Mostly flatwater .... A few rapids okay, but nothing big-time.

    November 2, 2013

  • Matt J.

    So do you guys prefer flat or whitewater for this?

    November 2, 2013

  • Virginia

    I added a tentative location ~

    November 2, 2013

  • Virginia

    Okay, now all we need is a warmer day! (Drier would help, too!)

    November 2, 2013

  • Matt J.

    I agree with you on that. I'm not really feeling thermals and wetsuits if I don't have to

    October 30, 2013

  • Virginia

    I'd be interested in paddling the Upper
    Cuyahoga if we can get a day in the 60s. Let's watch the weather forecasts ...

    October 29, 2013

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