Miami and Erie Canal Prairie Creek Aqueduct
As Deep Cut was constructed below the normal grade of the terrain, construction at Prairie Creek require vast amounts of clay soil to raise the canal above the landscape. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources 2000 dredging project brought this area of the canal back near it’s original appearance.
During the original Miami and Erie Canal construction, standardized dimensions included:
- Water level depth of 4 feet
- Upper width of 40 feet
- Bottom width of 26 feet
- Towpath width 10 feet
- Towpath and opposing berm 2 feet above water level 32
The trek to Prairie Creek Aqueduct is roughly one mile round trip from Barber Werner Rd. east of State Route 66.
Miami and Erie Canal Six Mile Creek Aqueduct
Six Mile Creek aqueduct is one of the highlights of the canal. It was designed to drain to maintain the water level of the Miami and Erie Canal by allowing excess water to flow over its spillway down into Six Mile Creek below.
A stone bridge for the towpath parallels each side of the aqueduct which was built in 1903 and updated 100 years later. A pedestrian bridge now allows visitors to cross the canal.
A vehicle pull-off drive is just north of the creek.
The pictured below was taken in the spring immediately south of the aqueduct while redbud trees were in bloom.