Fish and Kayak on Ohio’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

Ashtabula County boasts four of Ohio’s 15 wild and scenic rivers, which are ideal for anglers and paddlers looking to connect with nature.

Ohio is home to 15 wild and scenic rivers. Ashtabula County boasts FOUR of these rivers twisting and turning through the countryside.

Ashtabula River

Once the border between the Algonquin and Iroquois Indian tribes, the name translates as “river of many fish.” 88 species of fish have been documented in the waters.

Grand River

Pristine semi-wilderness conditions, good quality water and variety of fish species allow the ideal habitat for beavers and river otters.

Conneaut Creek

Heavily wooded watershed harboring exceptional variety of wildlife populations and unique, sometimes rare, plant communities. Nationally known as “Steelhead Alley” for quality steelhead trout fishing.

Pymatuning Creek

Outstanding recreational fish populations, including northern pike and yellow perch, not common in Ohio’s rivers and streams.

Anglers pull prized catches from the waters, canoe and kayakers paddle under natural canopies, and bird watchers spot migrating species along each of the meandering rivers. With access points clearly marked throughout the area, the flowing rivers welcome outdoor lovers year-round.

Kayak Adventures:

Check out the wild and scenic Ashtabula Harbor or Conneaut Harbor via kayak. Harbor Yak houses its kayak rentals (in addition to paddle boards, hydro-bikes, and canoes) in a late-1800s boat house on the Ashtabula River. Visit Harbor Yak to sign up for a group Sunset Tour and watch the sun go down from the vantage point of the Lake Erie breakwall.

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