Christiana Creek - Willowdale Park to Beardsley Park (1.8 miles)

Christiana Creek, Indiana, US


Willowdale Park to Beardsley Park (1.8 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 1.8 Miles

A nice day of paddling

A nice day of paddling
Photo of Tom and Jay by Dan taken 11/23/91 @ low

River Description

A small stream with clear water and some mild rapids. It runs through town but has a lot of park property along its banks. There are a few small play spots and eddys that make it a good place to take new boaters or just to get out in the spring. Watch out for trees and a small dam on the creek.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-29 00:34:42


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: ~117 sq.mi.N/A
0.0Put-in: Willowdale Park (1320 Olive Street)N/APutin
0.5Wellfield Botanical Gardens DamIPhoto
0.6Limbo LogN/A
0.7Railroad Bridge/Railroad RapidII
0.8Sewer Pipe Rapids (Main Street Bridge)IPhoto
1.1Cassopolis Street Bridge RapidN/APhoto
1.2High Dive Park DamIPhoto
1.3Kroger WaveI
1.4St. Joseph River EddyN/A
1.4Island Park Waves (St. Joseph River)N/A
1.8Take-out: Beardsley ParkN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~117 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 117 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).

Put-in: Willowdale Park (1320 Olive Street) (Class N/A)

There is public parking and a short carry to the creek where there are several good put in spots, some with easy seal launch possibilities.

Wellfield Botanical Gardens Dam (Class I, Mile 0.5)

A nice day of paddling

A nice day of paddling
Photo of Tom and Jay by Dan taken 11/23/91 @ low

The dam is constructed of concrete rubble so there are many chances to add scrapes to your boat here.

Limbo Log (Class N/A, Mile 0.6)

Approach this log across the creek with care. If water levels are high, paddle through the woods on the right.

Railroad Bridge/Railroad Rapid (Class II, Mile 0.7)

This bridge has 4 short spans and may have to be portaged at high water levels. If you take the leftmost route you will immediately go over the drop.If you choose the other spans you can prepare in the eddy pool above the drop.DO NOT overturn under the bridge!There are old pilings with vertical rebar sticking up.This drop was built of concrete rubble.The whole creek is channeled into a 4 foot wide 2 foot high drop.There are good eddies on both sides so that eddy turns, peel outs, and ferrying can be practiced here.

Sewer Pipe Rapids (Main Street Bridge) (Class I, Mile 0.8)

Clear water in indiana ?

Clear water in indiana ?

Practice your beginningboof. The best chance of avoiding scraping your kayak here is left of center. Eddy out just past the bridge to practice ferrying. At some levels surfing can be done here.

Cassopolis Street Bridge Rapid (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Under the bridge

Under the bridge

Practice your beginningboof off the pipe and run down the middle to avoid the most concrete.Some limited surfing possibilities.

High Dive Park Dam (Class I, Mile 1.2)

The Dam

The Dam

Practice your beginningboof off the dam. Practice your moving water roll with few consequences in the moving water below the dam. Take out and walk above the dam to practice easy seal launches.

Kroger Wave (Class I, Mile 1.3)

Usually the best surfing spot on the creek with eddies on both sides.

St. Joseph River Eddy (Class N/A, Mile 1.4)

At lower river levels the currents can easily dump unprepared paddlers where the creek empties into the St.Joseph River.

Island Park Waves (St. Joseph River) (Class N/A, Mile 1.4)

At lower river levels two waves develop between the islands on river left. Eddies let the paddler return for surfing, ferrying, peel out, and eddy turn practice.

Take-out: Beardsley Park (Class N/A, Mile 1.8)

Take out river right before the Main Street Bridge.

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