Lets meet to help celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Mad River Run. The Mad River Run grand opening will be begin at noon on May 5, 2014 at Eastwood MetroPark near with the dedication occurring at 2 PM at whitewater drop.
Construction is complete on the first phase of the Mad River Run, which includes a kayak and canoe 'whitewater' feature along the Mad River within Eastwood MetroPark.
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Part conservation, part recreation, the project includes significant bank stabilization measures, and restores a section of river from Eastwood MetroPark to downtown Dayton to as much natural functionality as possible. It improves public access, aquatic habitat and safety characteristics of the river. This first phase of construction was funded in part by a generous $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Dayton.
The spring-fed Mad River runs year-round because of its groundwater sources and makes up the majority of the flow of the Great Miami River below its confluence during drought condition, giving it a reputation of being a reliable river to paddle and fish.
The Mad River Run provides a 4-mile paddling experience. Kayakers and canoeists can put in at Eastwood and take out near RiverScape MetroPark, just below the bridge. Those interested in fishing will benefit from deep water holes formed by the water flow around the Mad River Run rock structures, where fish tend to concentrate to stay out of the river current as well as over-winter.
In addition to being a destination for free, active outdoor recreation all year long and a place where everyone can connect with the river, this site plays an important role in the Midwest Outdoor Experience, one of the largest outdoor recreation festivals in the region, which happens the first weekend of October each year.
Visit Five Rivers MetroParks paddle sports activity page to learn more about upcoming paddling programs and other local resources.
Photos of the Mad River Run are available on the Five Rivers MetroPark's Flickr page.