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Ohio whitewater, Paint Creek

Ross county, Paint Creek Reservoir to Route 41 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     7 miles
The 1/4 mile section just past concluence with Rocky Fork creek is excellent for Ohio. A definite Class 3 depending on water flows, lower folws are more challening to a point. Watch out for the large souse hole about midway through, go right at Turtle Rock, (large flat rock formation 2/3rds through and go far left at the end due to 2 to 3 foot ledge most of the way across.   There is a not so easy put in at RT 50 On Rocky  Fork  just before
    confluence with Paint Creek and a take out about 2.25 miles down stream on Paint Creek at the old RT. 50 Roadside Rest allowing multiple runs thru the Chutes. Better Scout it first. Be carful if you go past the Roadside
Rest there is a 20 foot fall with no easy way to run it. Another decent section, (probably class II), is the section between Greenfield and Paint Creek Lake. This is a section where you will find almost continuos light rapids carrying you through pretty quickly, until you hit flat water from the Lake backing up the creek about 2 miles from the lake. Put in at the park at the east end of 2nd Street in Greenfield with parking not a problem. Plenty  
of take outs at Paint Creek Lake but a lot of flat water. I am checking to see if it is possible to take out on Paint Creek Rd where Greenfield bicycle path joins. Says Gerrie Greene

The starting location is a short drive from Chillicothe, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Ohio and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners.

Paint Creek, Paint Creek Reservoir to Route 41 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Paint Creek.
 Whitewater Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek, Ross County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7 miles long (Paint Creek Reservoir to Route 41 Bridge)
Rocky Fork Creek, Highland County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (McCoppin Mill Road to Paint Creek)
Rattlesnake Creek, Highland County, 15 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3 miles long (Fishback Road to St. Route 28)
Lee's Creek, Highland County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 2.2 miles long (Rt. 28 to Rattlesnake Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Paint Creek:
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 12 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 63 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 95 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Clear Fork, Ohio , 95 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Paint Creek:
Country Hearth Inn And Suites Washington Court House, Washington Court House , 18 miles away
Days Inn Hillsboro, Hillsboro , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn Piketon, Piketon , 23 miles away
AmeriStay Waverly, Waverly , 23 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chillicothe, Chillicothe , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek State Park, Greenfield, 5 miles away
Paint Creek State Park - Horseman's Camp, Greenfield, 5 miles away
Tanglewood Acres, Bainbridge, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Paint Creek:
Bench Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
Fort Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
Wildwood Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
George Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
Deer Loop Trail, Highland , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek State Park, Ohio , 4 miles away
Pike Lake State Park, Ohio , 8 miles away
Rocky Fork State Park, Ohio , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint Creek:
Valley Vista Golf Course, Bainbridge , 4 miles away
Buckeye Hills Country Club, Greenfield , 12 miles away
Rocky Fork Golf Course, Hillsboro , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint Creek
Pike Lake, Pike , 8 miles away
Longs Retreat Lake, Pike , 8 miles away
Rocky Fork Lake, Highland , 9 miles away

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