2-3 Day Trip
River/Creek (Up to Class II)
Number of Portages:
Mohawk Dam, 100 ft up and down. Very difficult portage. Never again. Fun to do once, but at 50y.o. that is a young man's portage.
I'm told occasionally, you can go through Mohawk dam as it is a dry dam with gates that regulate water flow. You can see daylight under the gates, but the water level was high and gates down. I would not recommend shooting this as 6 inlets merge to 2 outlets and navigating the tubes would be crazy. 6 mile reservoir's low head dam was large and flowing. You might make it over the top, but the hydraulic at the bottom would be merciless. A dangerous lowhead dam ~ 8ft high. Portage river left. several easy spots to take out and drag through grass to an easy put in eddy below the dam.
I paddled a 13ft perception conduit. I packed 50lbs of gear in it to include water, tent, food, beverages, etc. My partners paddled also a 13ft perception conduit or an inflatable safari 12ft. No need for skirts. No need for cooking water with the camp site, only need drinking water for the boat ride.
Weather was great approx 80 each day with 65 nights, no rain. Water temp was high 60's - low 70's guestimate. The ODNR river gage at Mt Vernon #3136500 read 470cfs @ 4.25ft. The river pushed us around 3.5mph without paddling.