Salt Creek 6-8 Hour Float

A self-supported trip created by mathgroomer

Trip Overview

Put In: Addison Rd and Elizatheth Drive. SALT CREEK PARK (drive all the way to the back of the parking lot to put in the river. Here there is no path. Just have to walk to the rivers edge and use the flat stacked rocks to get into the river.

You can also get out at Cricket Creek for a much shorter float trip. Here, there is a gravelly type walkway to walk on to bring your kayaks up to the parking lot.

Take Out: West Butterfield Road and West Commonwealth Lane. ELDRIDGE PARK. Drive all the way to the back of the parking lot. And there’s a short cement uphill walkway to the parking lot.

Safety Notes

Not many safety notes for this river. They should have “what can you expect on this river” space. At the very beginning, it’s fun to float through the golf course. There are spots near St. Charles Rd and Route 83 (where the quarry is, that you can get out and play in some cement tubes). And toward the end of the trip there are great photo opportunities by the railroad tracks that go over the river!

Gear Notes

The river really isn’t deep enough for you to wear a life vest if you know how to swim. But you should always have one with you for emergency purposes.

We always have sun-lotion, bug spray and a hat of some sort. You definitely need a pair of water shoes for this river to keep from cutting or bruising your feet on the river bed. We always carry a dry box with us that has all emergency essentials. Tourniquet, whistle, compass, safety protection, medication for injuries, beer opener, wine bottle opener, identification, a good size multi-purpose knife and a dry bag/pouch you can wear on your arm for your phone. Have a dry bag w a change of clothes and totals for when you get out or in case you tip.
And, of course, a speaker, camera and/or fishing poles.


After heavy rains, this river can travel very fast and very high. Always check to see if you can clear the underside of the bridges after heavy rains. This creek can get that high.

Portage Notes

No where on this river trip should you have to portage

Trip Details

  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddling, Kayak Fishing, Rafting
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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