The Mad River Run Grand Opening

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.

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  • Kenny

    Looking forward to seeing seeing and participating in the paddle for this water toy. Thank you Rotary for providing such a great feature for the Dayton community.

    May 6, 2014

  • Erik D.

    The weather turned out to be amazing, it was great to see all of the paddlers and talk to everyone. this was also a really amazing way to thank the Rotary Club of Dayton for their donation which made this whitewater feature a possibility - Thanks Rotary Club!

    May 6, 2014

    • Kenny

      Good seeing you there the other day. Sorry that I was a bit late to the party. Did anyone else from our group make it to the show?

      May 6, 2014

    • Joy S.

      My friend and I came from Somerset. We can't wait to come back and ride the waves.

      1 · May 6, 2014

  • Kenny

    Hey Erik, Can you verify the time for this. I just got another Metro Parks Outdoor Recreation Update that is now mentioning this as "Construction is complete on the first phase of the Mad River Run. Join Five Rivers MetroParks and the Rotary Club of Dayton as we celebrate the completion of the Mad River Run with a grand opening held at 12:30 PM on May 5, 2014 at Eastwood MetroPark." I called FRMP earlier and they stated the 12:30 time is for rotary members only. Did the time change? Thanks for all you do sir. Kenny

    May 2, 2014

  • Dee

    Kenny, the dedication is at 2pm.

    April 10, 2014

    • Kenny

      I do have one for sale, but it is a Pyrahna G:3 white water boat. Probably nothing you have interest in. However, since were friends, you are welcome to borrow one of mine if it's available until you make a purchase.

      April 11, 2014

    • Kenny

      I called the Metro Parks and they indicate the dedication is at 2 PM. The noon event that I found (through Google) refers to a luncheon for the Dayton Rotary Club, who largely provided the donations that has made this portion of the project possible. They were happy to learn about the "oops" on their part that creates confusion.

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Joanne S.

    Sounds amazing~ Hope I can find something fun up in NE Ohio to do. Maybe run the Cuyahoga. They took the damn down in Cuyahoga falls.

    April 9, 2014

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