Bill Zawiski of the Ohio EPA joins us for this fun and informative outing. After a quick start at Red Lock, we’ll meander into a maze of braided channels and tree jams on our way to the historic Station Road Bridge. Along the way, Zawiski will discuss the ecological significance of dam removal on the Cuyahoga and why he and Friends of the Crooked River have worked to remove several to date: in Kent, Munroe Falls, and Cuyahoga Falls. We’ll pass a number of tributaries–Spring Creek, Columbia Run, Brandywine Creek, and finally Chippewa Creek—before we arrive at our destination: the site of the most recent dam removal, the Canal Diversion Dam near Rt. 82. If water levels are cooperative we’ll paddle to the site itself, examine where and how the dam was taken out, and paddle briefly back upstream to the takeout; if levels are uncooperative, we’ll take out and then walk downstream to have a look at the newly free-flowing river.
This trip is only for paddlers who can control a boat in moving water
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