Distance: At 9.3 miles this section
takes about 3-5 hours to float
River Features: This is one of the better
canoeing sections in the valley, offering reliable water
level and short riffle stretches. The depth of the creek
in this section becomes 2-3 feet, and the average width
is about 60 feet. A few buildings can be seen along this
stretch, along with dense hardwood forests, steep ridges
and banks and a few areas suitable for bird watching or
wildlife photography. Game fish in this stretch reflect
relatively good water quality; they include smallmouth
bass, rock bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and various
About 1/2 mile downstream of Knop Lake is the old Pyrmont
Dam (see below). About 1/2 mile after that the creek passes
under the Pyrmont Road (CR 800 W) bridge. 2 miles downstream
of that is the CR 900 W (County Line Rd) bridge, and 3
miles further downstream is the Heath Rd (CR 900 E) bridge.
After another 3 miles you will encounter the take-out
downstream of the CR 725 E bridge on the left bank.
Hazards: Approximately 1/2 mile downstream
of Knop Lake Public Fishing Area canoeists will encounter
the Pyrmont Dam. Canoeists should take the channel to
the right because it diverts around the dam; the channel
is narrow, has a few sharp turns and tends to funnel water.