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Ohio whitewater, Rocky River - North Branch

Medina county, Nichols Road to Granger Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4 miles
 
Live on oxbow of West Branch of Rocky River about 8 miles from whitewater area.  River is a main watershed and goes up quickly and then waters recede just as fast.  Have had some kayaking deaths in spring from underprepared paddlers. Says Tara Calame

The average Ohio whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.
    The Nichols Road to Granger Road stretch of Rocky River - North Branch is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Medina County and the playfulness of the
water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The Nichols Road to Granger Road stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots  
for that. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in is not too far from Wooster, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
At Rocky River - North Branch you always meet someone from Medina. Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area is a fine spot near Rocky River - North Branch. A normal amount of precipitation falls here at Rocky River - North Branch. June is when you get the most rain here; January is when it's the driest.

Rocky River - North Branch, Nichols Road to Granger Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rocky River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Rocky River - North Branch, Medina County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Nichols Road to Granger Road)
Rocky River - West Branch, Cuyahoga County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Sprague to Cedar Point Road)
Yellow Creek, Summit County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.3 miles long (Ghent to Cuyahoga River)
Chippewa Creek, Cuyahoga County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 1.65 miles long (Rt. 82 to Brecksville Reservation)
Cuyahoga River, Summit County, 16 miles away
      Class I - 6.8 miles long (Ira Road to Route 303)
Lake Erie, Cuyahoga County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Edgewater Park)
Cuyahoga River, Summit / Cuyahoga County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.7 miles long (Route 303 to Boston Mills Road)
Cuyahoga River, Summit County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Ohio Edison Dam to Cascade Valley Metro Park)
Cuyahoga River, Summit County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Broad Blvd to Front St)
Tinker's Creek, Cuyahoga County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.65 miles long (Pleasant Valley to Tinker's reservation)
 Ski Areas Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Boston Mills, Ohio , 18 miles away, 240 foot drop, 7 lifts, 8 runs
Brandywine, Ohio , 19 miles away, 240 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Alpine Valley, Ohio , 42 miles away, 230 foot drop, 7 lifts, 9 runs
Clear Fork, Ohio , 52 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 10 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 54 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Emerald Necklace Marina, Lakewood , 16 miles away
Rocky River Bridge Docks, Rocky River , 17 miles away
Edgewater Marina, Cleveland , 18 miles away
Channel Park Marina, Cleveland , 18 miles away
Commodore's Club Marina, Cleveland , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Perkins Beach, Cuyahoga , 17 miles away
Huntington Beach, Cuyahoga , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Hampton Inn Cleveland-Medina, Medina , 2 miles away
Red Roof Inn Cleveland Medina, Medina , 2 miles away
Super 8 Medina, Medina , 2 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Medina- Akron West, Medina , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Brunswick, Brunswick , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Willow Lake Park, Brunswick, 4 miles away
Bonita-osage Park, Wadsworth, 6 miles away
Maple Lakes Campgrounds, Seville, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, Brecksville - OH , 15 miles away
Portage Lakes State Park, Ohio , 20 miles away
Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Ohio , 23 miles away
Findley State Park, Ohio , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rocky River - North Branch:
Blue Heron Golf Club, Medina , 3 miles away
Bunker Hill Golf Course, Medina , 3 miles away
Cresscott Golf, Medina , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Rocky River - North Branch
Ledge Lake, Medina , 6 miles away
Chippewa Lake, Medina , 9 miles away
Camp Hilaka Lake, Summit , 10 miles away

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