Mad River Run
Local whitewater that is part recreation, part conservation
Opened in 2013, the Mad River Run in Eastwood MetroPark not only improves public access to the river for recreational purposes, it also improves the aquatic habitat and safety characteristics of the Mad River. This construction was funded in part by a generous $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Dayton.
The Mad and our other rivers are vital to Five Rivers MetroParks’ commitment to outdoor recreation and conservation leadership efforts to protect our natural resources. Protection of our river corridors provides critical habitat for wildlife to thrive and for our community to discover the wonders of nature.
The in-river feature includes two passageways:
- River Right – smooth water passageway for novice paddlers
- River Left – whitewater play feature
Your regional recreation destination
Imagine performing tricks in whitewater rapids, flipping around like fish catching air while others slide through rapids and shoot downstream … in Dayton. Welcome to the Mad River Run whitewater play park.
Mad River Run offers a paddling play area with Class 3 rapids and room for spectators to watch from the riverbank. There are access points on river left and right for paddlers.
Kayakers and canoeists who are interested in recreational paddling can put in at Eastwood’s Harshman Road put in and take out near RiverScape MetroPark, just below the Riverside Drive bridge or the Interstate 75 bridge — passing through the RiverScape River Run along the way.
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. It’s a place for anglers to seek fish pooled above and below the run and enables fly anglers to hone their skills with the calmness of the waters.