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Kentucky whitewater, Banklick Creek

Kenton county, Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     5 miles
Fun run, Top Drop is an easy class II. Whole creek is tight and technical at low flows, have heard it gets nasty at high flows. A lot of trash, but no bad smell. Definitely recommend to intermediate paddlers, but normally only 1 line through rapids so scouting is helpful. Says cgreene

Paddled one small section during a rain event. This creek is definitely a raw sewage risk. That fact aside, to get any whitewater action on this creek,
    you have to be prepared to paddle during a heavy rain event, often while it is still raining. It gets full and low very quickly due to small suburban watershed. Says NK

Banklick Creek is nasty water.  Not sure where
there are any class ii or iii rapids - I've never seen them and I've been close the creek all my life.  Most parts have warnings not to swim basically because of the raw sewage that runs in it.  Paddle at your own risk - I won't! Says Lori

The put-in is not too far from Cincinnati-Middletown, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nature scenery of Kentucky and the playfulness of the water
are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence stretch of Banklick Creek is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence section is one of them.

Banklick Creek, Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence 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 Banklick Creek.
 Whitewater Near Banklick Creek:
Banklick Creek, Kenton County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence)
Gunpowder Creek, Boone County, 12 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.5 miles long (Camp Ernst Road to Dale Williamson Road)
Great Miami River, Hamilton County, 18 miles away
      Class I - 0 miles long (50 Hole)
Whitewater Outfitter - Historic New Richmond, Clermont County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Miami River, Clermont County, 21 miles away
      Class I - 0.5 miles long (Kelly Nature Preserve to St Route 126)
Horner Run, Clermont County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Cook Road to I-275)
Backbone Creek, Clermont County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 1.5 miles long (Elmwood Road to East Fork of Little Miami River)
Hershel Run, Clermont County, 30 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.35 miles long (Belfast Road to Stonelick Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Banklick Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 25 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 93 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 94 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Banklick Creek:
Villa Hills Marina, Villa Hills , 6 miles away
Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, Ludlow , 6 miles away
Destiny Yacht Charters, Cincinnati , 6 miles away
Sunset Bay Marina Campground, Cincinnati , 7 miles away
Newport on the Levee, Cincinnati , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Banklick Creek:
Super 8 Fort Mitchell Cincinnati Area, Fort Mitchell , 4 miles away
Days Inn Fort Wright Cincinnati Area, Fort Wright , 4 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wilder, KY, Wilder , 5 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Cincinnati Airport/Erlanger, Erlanger , 5 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Erlanger Cincinnati, Erlanger , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Banklick Creek:
KOA Campgrounds, Crittenden, 4 miles away
Crittenden KOA Kampground, Crittenden, 9 miles away
Oak Creek Campground, Walton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Banklick Creek:
Little Turtle Trail, Hamilton , 18 miles away
Blue Jacket Trail, Hamilton , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Banklick Creek:
Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky , 15 miles away
Kincaid Lake State Park, Kentucky , 23 miles away
East Fork State Park, Ohio , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Banklick Creek:
Fox Run Golf Course, Independence , 2 miles away
Kenton County Golf Course, Independence , 2 miles away
Summit Hills Country Club, Crestview Hills , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Banklick Creek
Bullock Pen Lake, Grant , 13 miles away
Williamstown Lake, Grant , 16 miles away

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