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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
When the water is flowing this would be a good paddle. However beware the land owners are not friendly. Signs posted everywhere saying no access to the river.    Trespassers will be shot, Life after death trespass, and find out etc. Do not paddle alone. Do not step foot on shore. Try to stay in your kayak. We had to get out and lower our kayaks down some falls for safety and were told that we were trespassing by putting our feet on the creek
    bottom. Not getting into laws or land rites versus water access. The land owners would rather you die or get hurt then have you wade in the water. One of the most beautiful places I have paddled. Shame I have to recommend
skipping it. We were polite and simply carried on our way. Won’t be back. Says Chris

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.

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

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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
 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:
Little Mountain Country Club, Painesville , 4 miles away
Chardon Lakes Golf Course, Chardon , 6 miles away
Legend Lake Golf Club, Chardon , 6 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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