The Mud Run Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, conserving, protecting and restoring the land and water resources in the upper watershed of Mud Run. The Mud Run is a spring fed creek in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio.


Rock the Stage, 2023 was a fantastic evening of musical talent in support of the Mud Run Conservancy!

A big thank you goes out to the members of the 5 bands who played for 5 hours to support the Mud Run Conservancy. Many talented people worked hard to make it a successful evening! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MRC VOLUNTEERS WHO SHOWED UP AND WORKED TIRELESSLY! We look forward to third concert with Crazy Joe and friends in 2024!

Crazy Joe, Rock the Stage, 2023
RawDog, 2023
RawDog, 2023
Kyle brought along his crazy guitar! An amazing musician among friends at Rock the Stage, 2023!

Mad River Song

“Take care of the water that gave us life, Got to be willing to sacrifice! Keep it in rhythm and let it flow.”

(Take a listen to this song knowing that Coyote Run and Pup Creek are tributaries of the Mud Run which is a tributary of the Mad River. Ohio’s streams need our protection.)

Donate today to help us protect the Mud Run Watershed.

This rather interesting insect was swept up during the recent Mud Run survey. Know what it is? Click here for more info on this ferocious inhabitant of the Mud Run!

Dragonhunter Dragonfly, (Hagenius brevistylus)

Here are more interesting creatures found during the same Mud Run survey. These two little guys were found among the water cress in a primary headwater stream of Mud Run. Click here for more info on this sticky fish!

Mud Run survey… looking for fish with the monster.

The headwaters of the Mad River begin just north west of West Liberty in Champaign County near Piatt Castles. The spring fed river is one of Ohio’s few trout streams and offers year round paddling free of ice. The Mad River conflues with the Miami River in downtown Dayton and continues on as the Miami all the way to Cincinnati and the beautiful Ohio River.

“What’s important is protecting the quality of this stream and the watershed. That is first and foremost.” Tom Allen

Do you know about the redside dace? This fish is a cold-water indicator species found in an unnamed tributary of the Mud Run. A robust and sustainable population was observed  in the stream on June 8 of 2018!
Help improve the waters in the Mad River Watershed by attending any of the following activities:


  • Write the director of the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Mary Mertz and request the Mad River receive a scenic river destination due to its unique spring fed waters and its important cold water fisheries.
  • Volunteer with Mud Run Conservancy and educate the citizens about the abundant water resources of our township and the need to protect and preserve them.
  • The Mad River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is an organization whose focus is to study, protect and restore the Mad River. Get involved with Trout Unlimited and protect The Mad, Ohio’s principal trout stream of Ohio.

The Mud Run Conservancy is dedicated to the well-being of the Mud Run Watershed. This valuable resource encompasses over 20 miles of waterways and includes the Mud Run Creek, Clear Creek, a major tributary, two minor tributaries, fens, wetlands and dozens of natural springs.