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Ohio whitewater, Maumee River

Wood county, Boat launch to I-475 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     5.5 miles
IMHO: the canoeing &/or kayaking put-in/take-out locations should be moved.  The class II's beginning just above the Jerome Rd/Fallen-Timbers Rapids, are a real treat to run!  They terminate at the put-in dot on the map.  The Class II Buttonwood Rapids, begin just below the I-475 bridge, and extend to a point just below the down-river side of Bluegrass Island. There are plenty of hydraulics just below & above both areas, to take a breather
    in.  Mid-March thru May 1st, choose the timeing of your visit very carefully!  The river is loaded with wading Walleye fishermen, during that period.  To avoid them, and make your experience more interesting & exciting,
run the river when the water level reads 584-585 at the I-475/23 bridge.  That's when the two Class II rapid-sets extend into mid-range+ difficulty. Says Dennis

The natural beauty of Ohio and the water flowing gracefully down Maumee River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Toledo, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. No matter if you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Boat launch to I-475 bridge section is one of them. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Ohio you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come.

Maumee River, Boat launch to I-475 bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Maumee River.
 Whitewater Near Maumee River:
Maumee River, Wood County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (Boat launch to I-475 bridge)
Maumee River, -blank- County, 14 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Grand Rapids)
Portage River, Sandusky County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Woodville to Elmore)
 Ski Areas Near Maumee River:
Mount Brighton, Michigan , 52 miles away, 250 foot drop, 18 lifts, 26 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 64 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
Pine Knob, Michigan , 66 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 14 runs
Mount Holly, Michigan , 67 miles away, 350 foot drop, 13 lifts, 17 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 95 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Maumee River:
Great Lakes Marinas, Toledo , 7 miles away
Pier 75 Dry Rack Marina, Toledo , 10 miles away
Harrison Marina, Toledo , 15 miles away
John Fisher's Marina, Erie , 17 miles away
Jockett's Marina, Toledo , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Maumee River:
Carland Beach, Lucas , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Maumee River:
Staybridge Suites TOLEDO - MAUMEE, Maumee , 1 miles away
Residence Inn Toledo Maumee, Maumee , 2 miles away
Super 8 Maumee Perrysburg Toledo Area, Maumee , 2 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Toledo Maumee, Maumee , 2 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Toledo-Maumee, Maumee , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Maumee River:
Swanton KOA Kampground, Swanton, 10 miles away
Firelake Camper Park, Bowling Green, 11 miles away
Portage Quarry Recreation Club, Bowling Green, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Maumee River:
Mary Jane Thurston State Park, Ohio , 15 miles away
Van Buren State Park, Ohio , 21 miles away
Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Maumee River:
Par Ace, Perrysburg , 3 miles away
Fallen Timbers Fairways, Waterville , 3 miles away
Heather Downs Country Club, Toledo , 4 miles away

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