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Ohio River Watertrail - Parkersburg WV

The Ohio River Watertrail provides outdoor enthusiasts with 39 miles of the Ohio River and 18 Miles of the Little Kanawha River located in and around Wood County Wv. This Water Trail is exceptionally accessible to residents and visitors. The Water Trail borders the cities of Marietta, OH, Williamstown, WV (a trail co-sponsor), Vienna, WV, and Parkersburg, WV (a Trail co-sponsor), and Belpre, OH. It is crossed by Interstate 77 and US Route 50. 

There are multiple public trailer-ready boat ramps with ample parking along the Water Trail. Hotels are located within 15 minutes driving distance of the trail and multiple restaurants are within a short walk. The Marietta Adventure Company (a Trail co-sponsor) offers Kayak rentals, a shuttle service, and guided and self-guided trips.

For cycling enthusiasts, the Water Trail is also accessible from three bike paths, in Marietta OH, Belpre OH, and Parkersburg WV. Four miles of the Little Kanawha River runs alongside North Bend Rails to Trails State Park. Half the Trail access sites have ADA compliant parking, ADA compliant restrooms, and ADA compliant access to the water. There are no ADA facilities to aid getting in and out of canoes and kayaks at this time. 

Visit the Ohio River Water Trail - Parkersburg, WV Facebook page for more information and photography by clicking here

 


Click the image below to download and print your own Ohio River Water Trail Map!

 

Print double-sided on 8 1/2" X 11" paper.

 

Or stop in the CVB and pick up a copy of the Ohio River Water Trail Map!


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Suggested Float Trips:

(Click the trip titles for more details)

Duck Creek -

RT Mileage: 13    Hours: 6-7

Put-in/Take-out: Williamstown Boat Ramp 

Prior to the Civil War, a slave named Josephus would ferry fugitive slaves, two or three every month, across from Virginia to the mouth of Duck Creek.

This trip passes by Buckley Island, part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to pull their canoes and kayaks up onto the shore and explore on foot during daylight hours.

 

Worthington Creek and the Little Kanawha -

RT Mileage: 5.3    Hours: 2.5

Put-in/Take-out: Corning Park, Parkersburg

 

Lee Creek - 

RT Mileage: 8.6    Hours: 5

Put-in/Take-out: Lee Creek public stream access

A quiet backwater of the Ohio River.

 

Neal Run - 

RT Mileage: 3.5    Hours: 2

Put-in/Take-out: Point Park, Parkersburg

Become an urban explorer on this Neal Run trip. Paddle under a railroad bridge and through a long culvert. You may have to portage over a beaver dam.

 

Around Buckley Island - 

RT Mileage: 6.15    Hours: 3

Put-in/Take-out: Williamstown Boat Ramp

You can also put-in/take-out at the Marietta Levee or the Ohio River Islands NWR Visitors Center.

Buckley Island is part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to pull their canoes and kayaks up onto the shore and explore on foot during daylight hours.

From 1793 to the mid-1820’s, Marietta and Williamstown operated a ‘Pestilence House’ on Buckley Island. The ‘Pestilence House’ was a crude shelter where people with an infectious disease, such as smallpox, yellow fever, malaria, cholera, dysentery, and influenza were sent to die.

 

Blennerhassett Island

RT mileage: 3.5    Hours: 2

Put-in/Take-out: Point Park, Parkersburg

 

Around Blennerhassett Island

RT mileage: 10.2    Hours: 5

Put-in/Take-out: Point Park, Parkersburg

 

Around Blennerhassett Island

RT mileage: 7.5    Hours: 3

Put-in/Take-out: Belpre Access Park

Blennerhassett Island State Historical Park is open for you to explore between May and October. Kayak access for Blennerhassett Island is on the south side, at the ‘head’ of the island. This beautiful island has a history of scandalous doomed romance, conspiracy, and treason. 

 

Around Neal Island                                                        

RT mileage: 7.1    Hours: 3

Put-in/Take-out: Point Park, Parkersburg

The northern half of Neal Island is part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to pull their canoes and kayaks up onto the shore and explore on foot during daylight hours.

 

Around Vienna Island

RT mileage: 14    Hours: 7

Put-in/Take-out: Point Park, Parkersburg

 

Around Muskingum Island

RT mileage: 11    Hours: 5.5

Put-in/Take-out: Williamstown Boat Ramp

You can also put-in/take-out at the Marietta Levee.

Muskingum Island is part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to pull their canoes and kayaks up onto the shore and explore on foot during daylight hours.

 

Williamstown to Devola                                             

RT mileage: 12    Hours: 6

Put-in/Take-out: Williamstown Boat Ramp

You can also put-in/take-out at the Marietta Levee.

The Muskingum River was an important shipping route in the mid 18th Century. Its hand-operated river locks were restored in the 1960’s. This trip takes you through Marietta to the lock at Devola.