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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.5 Miles
Gauge Little Beaver Creek near East Liverpool OH
Flow Range 300 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 171 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/23/2004 12:42 am

River Description


Little Beaver Creek runs from the Lisbon area generally eastward to the Ohio River near East Liverpool. It is the site of the Sandy and Beaver Canal from the canal boom in the nineteenth century and the remains of dozens of the old stone locks are visible from the creek. Beaver Creek State Park, near Elkton, has a rebuilt lock and grist mill, as well as several other restored historical buildings. This park is helpful to the paddler, providing access and parking, camping, and a phone-in water level gauge. Another recreational possibility to be aware of is the North Country National Scenic Trail, which passes through the park and along the creek.

The character of the creek is basically gentle, with slow current and little depth at normal paddling levels. The stream bed is mostly rocky, with serious strainers being a rare occurrence. Class I riffles are found along the length of the creek, with a few places that may approach class II at some water levels. There is only one serious rapid, a class II that approaches class III at higher water levels, found just downstream from the Fredericktown access. This is a good stream for beginner kayakers to learn their water reading skills and to develop the basic surfing/ferrying skills, as well as getting the feel of easy rapids.

ACCESS

The start of this section is from Lusk Lock, a part of Beaver Creek State Park located about 5 miles from the main body of the park. To get to Lusk Lock get off route 11 at the route 154 exit and head east towards Elkton. Just past the Elkton post office (on the left), route 154 turns to the left. Go straight here, down CR 419 and continue about 3 miles or so. There is a brown state park sign saying ?Lusk Lock? on the right side of the road by a narrow gravel drive. Turn here and follow the drive till it ends at the parking area. The easiest access to the creek is down the trail leading out of the parking area to the left. Note that it may be possible to extend this section upstream by putting in where the creek goes under route 11.

The take-out at the State Park can be reached by turning to the right when leaving Lusk Lock and continuing down CR419 till you reach the stop sign at route 7. Turn to the right onto route 7 south, and continue about a mile. Turn to the left up a steep hill at the intersection with the brown and white state park sign pointing towards camping. Follow this road up the hill, past the campground on the right, and another mile or so till it comes to a stop sign. Turn to the right at the stop sign, following the gravel road back down the hill. The state park is immediately across the bridge at the bottom, with the painted on gauge on the far side of the bridge, left hand side. There is parking all along the bottom here, and access is easy.

In the summer of 2003 the state park opened a new paddlers access area, just past the start of CR419 from route 154 in Elkton. The parking area is about 1/8 mile up on the right. There are NO rapids from here to Lusk Lock, but it's great for birdwatching.

THE CREEK

There are only a few items to mention on this section of the stream. The first is a possible hazard just past the first bridge. A landowner in the past has strung a wire across the river here at near head level. High water has washed it out, but be aware in case it has been restrung. The biggest rapid on this section occurs just past the second bridge (route 7). It is a class I that can be an easy class II at water levels around 800 cfs at the online gauge. There is usually a strainer at this bridge, but normally the right side is open enough to float through. The other riffles in this section can be fun to play on, but mostly vanish as the water level raises towards 2 feet at the painted gauge at the state park.

Note: High water from the remnants of Hurricanes Ivan & Frances brought water levels here up past 7 feet on the state park gauge. There are now several trees in the creek where for many years it had almost none.

Rapid Descriptions

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11 years ago

I was on the river right around the same time you were, however, i was kayaking, and i will agree the water was very swift. My father and i started at the state park and took out at fredericktown ( we ran eagle rapid and played a little then walked back up stream) we had no mishaps. it took us a little less than 2 hours to complete this run (usually taking 3-3 1/2 hours if not more) anyways, the river was a blast and wished it ran at these levels year round, but take caution as the previous comment stated, you will need to have some experience when the river is flowing at higher levels

Gage Descriptions

When the gauge reads 300 cfs it is roughly equal to 1' (min. for paddling) on the gauge on the bridge at the state park. You can get the gauge reading from the ranger at the park; call (330)385-3091.

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Directions Description


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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

7/26/2005
Thomas O'Keefe

The Cuyahoga River, the river that burned, played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation's river conservation movement. While restoration gains have been significant, a proposal for a new hydropower project on a dam targeted for removal would represent a signficant setback in ongoing restoration efforts and would delay for at least half a century any effort to bring back the lost whitewater that sits buried behind the Ohio Edison Gorge Dam. Paddler participation at upcoming scoping meetings is important.
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