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Paint Creek Lake Paddle

Located amid the breathtaking scenery of the Paint Creek Valley, 5,652-acre Paint Creek State Park features a large lake with fine fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. A modern campground and meandering trails invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the rolling hills and streams of this scenic area.

Paint Creek Lake is a flood control and recreation reservoir of 1,190 surface acres and 30 miles of shoreline constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is a mainstream impoundment of Paint Creek in the Highland and Ross County portion of the Scioto River Drainage basin, and drains an area of 753 square miles. Dam construction began in 1967. Water was impounded in March 1974 and attained normal summer pool elevation by May 1974.

The dam is 118 feet high and 800 feet long. The spillway section of the dam structure contains three 57- by 37-foot tainter gates to permit additional flood control. The maximum water depth at the dam is 50-feet. The control tower on the upstream side of the dam has two 71/2 - by 501/2 -foot service gates to allow the water to pass through a conduit under the dam. Two low flow intakes, one at the 26-foot level and one at the 5-foot level, allow mixing of water at various temperatures so that the water which is released downstream will remain at normal temperatures with sufficient dissolved oxygen for the aquatic life.

The shoreline of the main body in the southern part of the lake is steep, with sheer limestone bluffs, and drops off rapidly to 30 feet of water. The limestone cliffs are prominent on the east side of the lake and up into the Paint Creek arm. The west side (Rattlesnake Creek Arm) is shallow and less steep. There are areas in the lake where trees and brush were not removed prior to impoundment. Along the shoreline, stumpy areas, large limestone rocks, and fallen trees provide cover for several species of fish.


We will meet promptly at 10:00 AM and unload boats at the ramp. We will head up Paint Creek.

If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number closer to the event time.

• Start

We will push off from the shoreline no later than 10:30 AM.

• Finish

We should be out of the water 3:00 PM + or -.

• Duration

Expect to spend about 4 +/- hours on the water.

• Difficulty

This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat water experience.  You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver.  Its not a hard paddle, however there are obstacles to maneuver.

• What You See

Birds, wildflowers, wildlife, waterfalls and rock cliffs.

• Restrooms

There are no restrooms available.

• Food

Please bring a lunch.  We will have lunch on the water at a nice gravel bar halfway through the paddle.

• Equipment

A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary.  This is a flat water paddle and a recreational boat will do well.

• What to Bring

PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared. 

PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide.  I am a friend to paddle with that has provided you with group companionship and kayaking opportunity.



Directions on Google Maps

From U.S. 35 E in Beavercreek, OH

Take US-35 E to OH-41 S in Union. 41.6 mi

Take the OH-41 exit from US-35 E

Turn right onto OH-41 S 11.8 mi 

Turn left onto N Washington St 0.6 mi

Turn left onto OH-28 E/Jefferson St 0.9 mi

Turn right onto OH-41 S 0.7 mi

Take the 1st right onto Rapid Forge Rd 0.3

Turn left to stay on Rapid Forge Rd 5.2 mi

Turn right onto Taylor Rd 1.0 mi

Ramp is straight ahead

Coordinates:  39°16'10.4"N 83°23'06.3"W


Water and Weather Conditions

Beach Advisories

Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories

Weather - Bainbridge, OH



Paint Creek State Park Map

Paint Creek State Park


I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk.  Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.


This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions.


Sunrise: 6:35am

Sunset: 8:49pm



No guests on the sign up.  Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the paddle.  In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver.  this protects everyone on the event.

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  • Ruth

    I found these tips on several kayaking sites:
    Lightning safety tips for paddlers:

    1. Make every effort to not be on the water when a storm is predicted. Listen to the forecast and avoid potentially dangerous situations from the get-go. If it looks safe to proceed, it is always best to paddle with a buddy.

    2. If you're out on the water and hear distant thunder, get off the water at your first opportunity. Better to be safe than sorry.

    1 · August 3, 2014

    • Joy

      Oh..but we had so much

      1 · August 3, 2014

    • Bert

      We could have stayed at the lunch spot for a while longer, but it was getting dark again by the time we got back so maybe the next one have got us. I do believe where we stopped to wait out the storm was the best option at that point, not completely out in the open and away from taller trees. To me it was pretty exhilarating; a day that will certainly be remembered by all who were there. Thanks Rob!

      1 · August 3, 2014

  • Denise O.

    So as to be prepared for future storms, does anyone know what the optimal safety recommendation for lighting while in a kayak? I'm thinking that standing under the tree wasn't so smart.

    August 3, 2014

  • Rob E.

    Thanks everyone for a .... ummm .... exhilarating paddle. I think I will have to rethink the inclement weather policy after this one. What a fun time (now that the lightning is over)!

    3 · August 3, 2014

  • Ruth


    1 · August 2, 2014

    • Joy

      Definite 10:-)

      August 2, 2014

  • Joy

    Awesome sauce!!!!!! Thanks Rob for the rainstorm. .made it extremely wonderful...

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Ruth

    There are not enough stars in this rating system! Thanks for arranging the thunderstorm and deluge, Rob! Let's try to paddle in a tornado next time. :D!

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • JaniceAlvarado

    We'll be camping Friday and Saturday at Paint Creek. Pls contact me if you'd like to join us.

    2 · July 28, 2014

    • JaniceAlvarado

      See my meetup on Tristate Kayakers if you'd like to join us.

      July 30, 2014

  • Rob E.

    Hey everyone!
    Tri-State Kayakers is offering a camping option in association with this paddle. If you would like to participate follow the link (you will have to join Tri-State Kayakers).

    See you Saturday!

    1 · July 30, 2014

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