Paddle Greenville Creek - Alice Bish Park to Bear's Mill -6 miles!


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Join us on a scenic paddle of Greenville Creek, an Ohio Scenic River, from Alice Bish Park to Bear's Mill.


We will paddle 6 miles from Alice Bish Park in Greenville, Ohio to the take at Bear's Mill near Greenville, Ohio. There is not a livery for boat rental or a shuttle. You will need to own your own boat and be willing to shuttle with other kayakers on this meet up.

We will meet at Alice Bish Park and prepare our boats for launch. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number once RSVP's close.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first time I have attempted to paddle this waterway this year and as such, there may be strainers, and obstacles that may require portage. We are looking for a stream flow of approximately[masked] cfs for an optimum paddle. With that said, if you are an adventurous type, read on...

• Start
We will push off from the shoreline at 10:15 AM

• Finish
We should be out of the water 1:00 PM

• Duration
Expect to spend about 3 hours on the water

• Pace
We will take a leisurely paddle giving plenty of time for camera opportunities

• Distance
This paddle is 6.1 miles + or -

• Difficulty
This paddle is suitable for beginner paddlers. You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver. Its not a hard paddle, however their are obstacles to maneuver.

• What You See
An abundance of interesting wildlife: deer, rabbit, squirrel, pleated woodpecker, mallard duck, wood ducks, Canadian geese, blue heron, king fisher, etc.

• Restrooms
Located at both the the boat launch and the boat take out area

• Food
Bring water and snacks. We may have dinner locally after the paddle for those interested.

A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. There are some spots that you will need to get out of the boat and pull over the shallow spots. A bit flatter or non-ridged hull is better.

• What to Bring
Wearing a PFD is Required - Also bring, dry clothes, dry shoes, and safety equipment. Food and water. *Bring a towel as to respect the vehicle owner in which you share a shuttle.


Greenville Creek Paddling Map [pdf 1.0Mb] (

NOAA Hourly (
Accuweather Minutecast (
Lightning Maps (


Sunrise: 6:33am
Sunset: 8:38pm


USGC - Greenville Creek near Bradford OH[masked] (,00060,00010)

American Whitewater - Greenville Creek - Greenville Falls to Stillwater River (
(note: we are not running this section)

We will visit Bear's Mill at the take-out and likely see a demonstration/tour o the mill's operations

Tolly's Gastro Pub
644 Wagner Ave.
Greenville, OH[masked]


I am not your guide and as such I am not responsible for you or anyone that attends this event. I am simply a friend that is sharing shuttling logistics and an opportunity of possibility of making some new paddling friends.

To attend this event you must have answered "Yes" in your profile to acknowledge you acceptance of the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY ( located on this site. Additionally, your attendance to this event is an acknowledgement that you have read and agree to the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY ( If you do not accept these conditions we ask that you do not attend this or any Ohio Paddler event. Please update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk prior to the paddle. I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I may 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 river conditions.


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.


Put-In: Alice Bish Canoe Launch (,+Greenville,+OH+45331/@40.1039113,-84.6194834,101m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x883feb586b1bee61:0x12b7b9ba0ffd4c74!8m2!3d40.1037897!4d-84.6179082) -

Take Out:Bear's Mill (
Shuttle Time: 7 minutes drive time between locations

- Bear's Mill - Greenville, Ohio
Bear's Mill rests in the woods along Greenville Creek. Opened in 1849, Bear's Mill is one of the few water-powered flour mills still operating in Ohio. Currently managed by the Friends of Bear's Mill, the mill serves as a combination working gristmill, museum, and art gallery. Since 1975, Bear's Mill has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, just this year, Bear's Mill was named the best Historical Site in Ohio by Ohio Magazine.

The original owner of the mill, Gabriel Baer, imported buhr grindstones from France, which are still in use today. The stones coarsely grind wheat, corn, spelt, and buckwheat. Stone grinding preserves many of the nutrients in the grain, which are destroyed by modern milling processes.

The stone-ground flours and meal produced at the mill, as well as baked goods made from Bear's Mill flours, gourmet foods, and kitchenware are available at the Mill Store. The Mill Gallery displays artwork by Ohio Valley artists. The Mill Potters also have gorgeous handmade pottery on display and available for purchase.

Visitors to Bear's Mill can tour all four floors of the building, learn the history of the area, and discover how the mill operates. The beautiful wooded grounds allow visitors to view wildlife and the nearby dam on Greenville Creek. Public art receptions, open houses, and holiday candlelight walks are offered yearly. Bear's Mill has something for everyone, whether visitors are interested in history, local food, farming, or art. (Courtney Denning) (
6450 Arcanum-Bears Mill Road, Greenville, OH[masked]

Hours of Operation
January–March: Thur–Sat 11am–5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm
April–December: Tues–Sat 11am–5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm
Grinding demonstrations on Saturday at 2pm