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Eagle Creek, Leavittsburg Ohio USA

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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Al Vazquez
  • Date Submitted: 6/99
  • Email: kayak@easyposter.com
  • Location: West of Warren Ohio in Leavittsburg
  • Class: Typically flat water except after heavy rains
  • Distance Paddled: 6 miles round trip
  • Water: fresh
  • Wildlife: Many songbirds, fish, beautiful wildflowers

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: From downtown Warren take West Market Street West. Or from I-80, exit Route 5 north to West Market Street East. From West Market Street in Leavittsburg, turn north on Leavitt Road across the Mahoning River. Enter the Canoe Livery on the West side of the road about 100 yards from the river crossing.
  • GPS: N 41 deg 14.546' - W 080 deg 52.895'
  • Fee: none
  • Description: floating dock
  • Parking: Adjacent, paved
  • Facilities: restroom, bait shop, refreshments, snacks, picnic area, canoe rentals

What We Saw

After about a mile paddling NW along the Mahoning River we came to the Route 5 bridge (photo at left) that lies just before Eagle Creek breaks away to the right from the river. In the photo, the mouth of Eagle Creek is visible under the bridge just to the right of the kayaks. The photo below shows the mouth of the creek on the right and the Mahoning River, about the same size as the creek at this point, to the left of the trees.

Within the first mile of the creek, it's character changes as it becomes more remote and narrow. We also took a few feeder creeks which did not go more than about a quarter of a mile into dense forest.

In the summer, the sound of birds in the woods was constant and wonderful. And bright wildflowers were everywhere.

We also came across boys fishing who told us that the fishing was usually pretty good.

The fellows at the bait shop were very knowledgeable about the creek. Though we turned back after about 3 miles, they said it could be taken much farther. I hope to go back and try this beautiful water again soon.

On the way back, the obvious landmark to alert you to that you're nearing the launch and exit point is the Route 5 bridge again. You'll see the bait shop and launch point on your left on the return as well as the sign in the photo at left warning you to take out because of a dam that lies just down the Mahoning River. Don't go past the launch point and you'll be fine. Since there is typically very little current on any day you should go kayaking, taking out here should present no problem at the end of a very enjoyable paddle.

We had refreshments and conversation relaxing under the trees surrounding the bait shop and adjacent picnic area.