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Kentucky whitewater, Gunpowder Creek

Boone county, Camp Ernst Road to Dale Williamson Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     7.5 miles
wow thats crazy Says Logan

hi my name is bill horton and i have went down this stretch of gunpowder creek before. i lived on gunpoweder for about five years. i went to work with a friend of mine name tim baynum who live up gunpowerder about a mile from me. we always talked about taking his canoe through this stretch. what i guess i should tell you where gunpowder crosses camp ernst rd there is not much water most times of the year.
    but one spring day a thunder storm had just pass and go over and when we came throuh ole gunpowder was cooking pretty good we went and got his canoe and put in at the bridge thier at camp ernst rd. the water was white caping
man we were moving really fast it was great. we went about a mile when we saw a tree that had fallen all the way across the creek we started to paddle for the bank when we got up to the bank i push to get us on the bank and my paddle broke in half in my hand. so here we are about a mile down creek with one paddle.so much for old wooded paddles we packed the canoe around the tree and put back in well needless to say its hard to steer a canoe  
with one paddle . we met the first tree limb that was hanging over it knock our butts out of the boat .were going down the creek with the canoe upside down . there is no getting your footing . we finally got to a calm spot i guess a deep pool were we could get to the bank flip the canoe upright and proceed again it wasnt very long til the same type of deal happend again this time leaving the canoe pinned against a tree. the water was rushing in were you could not free it. finally tin worked it free the canoe spun out in the creek he had a hold on the rope that was tied to the front. well the rope broke there goes the canoe and we are not in it. tim swims after it like tarzan and catches it .we got it turn upright and notice that the canoe has a hole about the size of a softball in the bottom. need less to say a canoe that has a hole that big is not easy to ride in the water in the bottom made it really unstable we would have to stop and dunp the water out every few minutes. finally we decided to put my shirt plus my big butt over the hole and thats how we made it through. it was a geat ride through pretty country but i was glad when my strech of the creek appeard it took us about 3.5 hours to do the trip. Says bill horton

Gunpowder Creek, Camp Ernst Road to Dale Williamson Road road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Gunpowder Creek.
 Whitewater Near Gunpowder Creek:
Gunpowder Creek, Boone County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.5 miles long (Camp Ernst Road to Dale Williamson Road)
Great Miami River, Hamilton County, 11 miles away
      Class I - 0 miles long (50 Hole)
Banklick Creek, Kenton County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Independence Station Road to Doe Run confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Gunpowder Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 13 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Gunpowder Creek:
Trixies Marina, Union , 4 miles away
Mariner's Landing Marina, Cincinnati , 9 miles away
Catalina Harbour, Addyston , 10 miles away
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, Aurora , 10 miles away
Constance Marina, Hebron , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Gunpowder Creek:
Long Island Beach, Hamilton , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Gunpowder Creek:
Comfort Suites Florence, Florence , 7 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Cincinnati Airport South-Florence, Florence , 7 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton Florence Cincinnati Airport South, Florence , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Florence/Cincinnati Airport, Florence , 8 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Florence, Florence , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunpowder Creek:
Turnabout Camp and Boat Club, Union, 4 miles away
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union, 5 miles away
River Ridge Park, Burlington, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gunpowder Creek:
Little Turtle Trail, Hamilton , 9 miles away
Blue Jacket Trail, Hamilton , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunpowder Creek:
Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky , 4 miles away
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 32 miles away
Versailles State Park, Indiana , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunpowder Creek:
Traditions Golf Club, Burlington , 3 miles away
Meadwood Golf Club, Burlington , 5 miles away
Lassing Pointe Golf Course, Union , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Gunpowder Creek
Lake Jeanclia, Boone , 9 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn , 12 miles away
Bullock Pen Lake, Grant , 12 miles away

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