Rattlesnake Creek - Fishback Road to St. Rt. 28

Rattlesnake Creek, Ohio, US


Fishback Road to St. Rt. 28

Usual Difficulty II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Free Wheeler! #2

Free Wheeler! #2
Photo of Bryan Tudor by John Geoppinger taken 05/30/04 @ 6.3

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Rattlesnake Creek at Centerfield OH
usgs-03232300 5.00 - 9.00 ft II(IV) 00h32m 3.92 ft (too low)

River Description

The short run above the falls consists of about 3 distinct sets of easy drops, with ok play features at optimal levels, and a 20+ ft waterfall. The best play feature on this section is the hole right above the third drop called Dead Deer Hole. Good eddy on the right. The waterfall is the reason to drive all the way up here! It must not be missed.

This has to be the eaziest waterfall to run over 20 ft in the country. The pool is very deep and that allows you to try any off the lip trick out there. So look at it, get the video camera, and fire it up! If you set ropes it is an easy walk back to the top for multipule runs.

At certain levels a nice riverwide hole forms about 100 ft upstream of the falls. It is shallow but great for spins. In that aspect it is almost as good as Swimmers on the Lower Yough. Just have a good roll because it would not be adviseable to swim due to the fact you do have a 20+ft waterfall downstream. Runnable only after heavy rains.

Class: II (IV - falls below take out)
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-06-12 11:00:03


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
3.0The FallsIVTakeout Access Waterfall Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

The Falls (Class IV, Mile 3.0)

Shaking the snake...

Shaking the snake...
Photo of Rody Walter by Ty Bresson @ minimum

A clean 15 to 20 foot waterfall at the end of the run.  The conservative line is on river right but a middle or even left line is possible depending on water level, and how badly you are willing to take a beat down.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
August 24 2012 (2341 days ago)
At minimum flow you can still run the far right side of the falls. There is a video of some canoes
doing it.
June 28 2010 (3130 days ago)
Bryan TudorDetails
There was a recent fatality on the falls. Someone jumped off the falls and drowned. Took several
days to find the body and used up huge amounts of public money. Please keep a low profile for a
while and be safe!