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Old 09-08-2008, 10:57 AM
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Default Shenango River, Greenville to Kidds Mill

After a great paddle on the Shenango the day before, and sunshine in the forecast, we decided to try this section of the Shenango. Trumbull Canoe trails recommended access at Greenville’s Riverside park (new launch site with restrooms, ample parking, seasonal concessions), but we were looking to paddle a bit farther. We decided to put in at the Porter Rd Bridge: posted signs allow for fishing by property owner, so we hoped boat access would not be frowned upon. I parked in the park (soccer fields) at the corner of Rt 58 and porter rd mile east of the bridge (1/2 mile jog in 50 F is a nice way to warm up.) Our take out was Kidds mill, and is a great access point. Our total trip was 5.77 miles and was only 2.5 hours from launch to load. The first mile was very twisty, with several dead falls, but only one had to be crossed (just north of Riverside park), most were easily paddled around. The only other real problem was how shallow the river became just south of the Main street bridge in Greenville. We didn’t get out, but our hulls took some abuse. Once out of Greenville, the area is pretty remote, flirting with the railroad for a few miles. There is a constant hum of truck traffic from Rt 18 for most of the trip, but nothing too bad. This stretch of river is worth paddling, with mostly smooth water, and occasional small rapids and high current. When we arrived at Kidds Mill, the GPS said total moving time of 2 hours. I think a much better day trip would have been from Riverside park to Big bend access, just over 13 miles, but should only take six hours.


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