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From Pemberville past Woodville the river is slow to moderate current with occasional riffles. Past Woodville and before Elmore, you begin to get numerous small islands and easy rapids on the river. There is a tiny low head dam before you get to the Ohio Turnpike. There were slots in the dam and we were able to run through the chute. At the water level we paddled, the rapids at the turnpike weren't bad. I had thought we might have to portage around the rapids with our carbon fiber boats, but we were able to pick a route through this area. The only place we had to portage was the Rt. 51 bridge rapids in Elmore. Below Elmore is a broken down dam that you can easily run though one of two slots.
Here is one of the water gauges located close to Elmore - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv?04195820 (it was at 2.95 when we did this trip). With my racing canoes I've always found that I wanted the gauge height to be above 2.6 feet. At the lower end you can paddle a lot of the river, but may have to briefly get out for an occasional shallow riffle. It took us just over 4 hours to paddle the entire distance.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Classic Freestanding Rack
ODEO Laser Flare