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Ohio whitewater, Big Creek

Geauga county, Girdled Road to Helen Hazen Wyman Park Painesville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     7.2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Ohio and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This stretch of Big Creek in Geauga County is 7.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. Whitewater rafting
    and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is one of
a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. The put-in location is a short drive from Ashtabula, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Chardon come to Big Creek;
when you're here it's always fun to take a look at Punderson State Park. A journey to Cascade Falls will fill your spirit with perfect feelings. Big Creek is next to Headlands Beach State Park which is a delightful place, and good skiing awaits you at Alpine Valley. Have a great hiking adventure along the Erie Trail, and going for a hike along the Mushers Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. High temperatures at Big Creek through the long summer days are in the 80's; the night is quite cooler of course, usually in the 60's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 10's for Big Creek.

Big Creek, Girdled Road to Helen Hazen Wyman Park Painesville road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Big Creek, Geauga County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (Girdled Road to Helen Hazen Wyman Park Painesville)
Kellogg Creek, Lake / Geauga County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Grand River Tributary)
Chagrin River - East Branch, Geauga-Lake County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 4.7 miles long (Mitchell Mills Road to Daniels Park)
Paine Creek, Lake County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 3 miles long (Grand River Tributary)
Chagrin River, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 7.7 miles long (Rogers Road to Daniels Park)
Grand River, Ashtabula County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Harpersfield Dam to Hidden Valley)
Chagrin River - Aurora Branch, Cuyahoga County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.55 miles long (Chagrin Reservation)
Tinker's Creek, Cuyahoga County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.65 miles long (Pleasant Valley to Tinker's reservation)
Cuyahoga River, Portage/Summit County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.25 miles long (Kent to Munroe Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Alpine Valley, Ohio , 8 miles away, 230 foot drop, 7 lifts, 9 runs
Brandywine, Ohio , 31 miles away, 240 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Boston Mills, Ohio , 32 miles away, 240 foot drop, 7 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Big Creek:
Fairport Harbor Yacht Club, Fairport Harbor , 6 miles away
Riverbend Marina, Painesville , 6 miles away
HTP Rack & Marina, Fairport Harbor , 6 miles away
Douglass & Mc Leod, Painesville , 6 miles away
Grand River Marine, Grand River , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Quail Hollow Resort, Concord , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn Painesville, Painesville , 3 miles away
Residence Inn Cleveland Mentor, Mentor , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cleveland-Mentor, Cleveland , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MENTOR (LAMALFA CONF CENTRE), Mentor , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Girdled Road Reservation, Chardon, 2 miles away
Big Creek County Park, Chardon, 3 miles away
Hidden Lake, Perry, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Erie Trail, Geauga , 11 miles away
Mushers Trail, Geauga , 11 miles away
Beach Trail, Geauga , 11 miles away
Mohawk Trail, Geauga , 11 miles away
Iroquois Trail, Geauga , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, Brecksville - OH , 34 miles away
Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio , 7 miles away
Punderson State Park, Ohio , 11 miles away
Geneva State Park, Ohio , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Quail Hollow Country Club, Painesville , 2 miles away
Painesville Country Club, Painesville , 2 miles away
Casement Golf Club, Painesville , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Kiwanis Lake, Geauga , 11 miles away
La Due Reservoir, Geauga , 14 miles away
Lake Estabrook, Geauga , 18 miles away

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