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At the SR 7 bridge, just above the main part of the state park, and just above and below the CR 170 bridge there is class 2 water other than that the run is moderate. We only encountered 1 other kayak on the creek this day which is fairly typical as the creek sees fairly low use.
Little Beaver Creek is a rare find for the state of Ohio and is a most scenic creek to paddle. Most of this stretch is through forest, with high walls bordering the creek lined with hemlocks. The creek used to be part of a canal system and remnants of old locks and towpaths can be seen at various locations. With the exception of the state park and at the bridges, there is little sign of civilization. Ducks, geese, and kingfishers are the dominant birds, also deer and turkey are abundant. The creek has an excellent smallmouth bass fishery, along with sauger, white bass, and many other species that migrate up from the Ohio River.
Just east of the launch at Elkton, the west branch of the creek joins in adding some extra flow to the creek. Then just below the CR 170 bridge the north fork joins and the creek becomes quite a bit wider, more river-like with mostly glides and riffles and few rapids. If you want to have a peaceful paddle through some beautiful country and not encounter many other people, this is the place.