Stonelick Creek, Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|Max Gradient||40 fpm|
|East Fork Little Miami River at Perintown OH|
|usgs-03247500||900 - 8000 cfs||II||00h51m||~ 1880 cfs (running)|
|Low runnable to medium flows. Best level is around 1200-2500 cfs on gauge. Reference gauge is partially controlled by a dam upstream. Check dam outflow to ensure it has not increased showing a false "running" reading.|
Lower Stonelick Creek is a great Class II run with all the features for beginner and intermediate paddlers to hone their skills. At lower water, it's probably less hazardous than O'Bannon but definitely more challenging than the East Fork of the Little Miami, Little Miami, Caesar's Creek, or Todd's Fork. At higher water (5+ feet on the OH 131 gauge), it has a Class III section.
There are two put-ins for Lower Stonelick. The first is the listed put-in, probably room for 3-4 cars. If that is parked up, the other is just past the OH 132 bridge crossing Stonelick Creek (2 minutes back the way you came from the take-out). You'll see a gravel pull-off just behind some mailboxes. Don't block the mailboxes if you park there. Carry down on the downstream side of the bridge through the honeysuckle. While the take-out is on US 50, parking for the take-out is just down the road at the US 50 and OH 222 junction. Tons of parking at the take-out.
The best rapid of the Lower Stonelick is "S-Turn" which runs directly into "Speed Bump". At higher water, it becomes one rapid. At the bottom of Speed Bump, a nice surf wave forms. It's also deep enough behind the wave that you can roll in the event of a flip. Be mindful of getting out of your boat here - the property owner on river right has been known to be unfriendly to paddlers! There's a great covered bridge that you paddle under right after you go through "Dental Plan". It's a great little rapid that can be easily avoided to the left. If you decide to go through, just maneuver through the little boulder garden. Another spot with some play is a hole/wave that forms by "Sycamore Point" (the river bends to the right, with a Sycamore tree hanging out on river left partly in the water). Also fairly deep for rolling, however, be mindful of the sycamore tree downstream. Also a good place to practice squirts.
Take out at the US 50 bridge on river left downstream of the bridge. You can take out on the right, but then you have to cross the bridge to get to your vehicles. There is an alternate take-out at St Philomena Church on Stonelick Williams Corner Road (cuts off about a mile or so of the paddle).
Here's some video taken in 2010 of the run at flows on the low end:
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.5||First Surf Wave||II|
|3.5||Alt Take Out||N/A|
Put-in is right next to the river.
OH-132 bridge is another access point. Walk down as close to the bridge as you can.
A small wave forms on river left just downstream of a house on river right.
Follow the wave train all the way down the left side of this rapids. At higher flows, some pretty nice waves form!
This rapids is immediately after S-Turn. Watch out for a large rock at the end of this rapid. (More of a concern at lower water.) The line is to start center and head to the right. There's a play wave at the end of the drop (on the right) with good eddy service on the right and in the center.
A tight line to run between rocks on river right, but it can be avoided by running to the left at lower water.
At higher water, a wave forms above this little section.
Take notice of sweet covered bridge!
You can take out at the church on river right. I wouldn't park there at 8 am on Sunday though (they have mass then).
A little hole/wave forms near the bottom of this drop with good eddy service on river right. Watch out for the sycamore tree just downstream!
At higher water, features wash out and the area is not as fun.