Kinniconick Creek

Kinniconick Creek is located in Lewis County and flows downstream until it finally joins and empties into the Ohio River. During its journey downstream it flows through the small communities of Kinniconick and Camp Dix and comes to an end in Garrison, KY. Overall, Kinniconick Creek is a semi shallow stream with an abundance of ​​rock bars and woody debris located among the many shallow riffles, runs, and larger, deeper pools. Kinniconick Creek has several public access points that provide boaters and anglers access to the stream and the opportunity to fish for smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, muskellunge and several other sport fish species.


Kinniconick Creek Access Site to Site Mileages
Put In Access SiteTake Out Access SiteTotal River Miles
Leatherwood Branch Park AccessPuncheon/Pipe Lick13.1
Puncheon/Pipe LickMcDowells Creek Park Access14.1
McDowells Creek Park AccessMill Pond Creek Access1.6
Mill Pond Creek AccessGarrison Ramp2.7



Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*
No current stream gage data is available for Kinniconick Creek. Current stream gage data from Tygarts Creek is used in lieu of data from Kinniconick Creek, as it closely mimics levels on Kinniconick Creek.
RatingGauge Height in Feet (ft)
Low<2.5 ft
Good2.5-3.5 ft
High>3.5 ft
Tygarts Creek @ Greenup, KY
RatingFlow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low<50 cfs
Good50-130 cfs
High>130 cfs
*These ratings are only recommendations.  Skill and experience will dictate level appropriate for each angler.
Resources for River Levels:
U.S. Geological Survey
(Provides real time stream flows on rivers and stream around the state)
Current Stream Levels On Tygarts Creek @ Greenup, KY

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Kinniconick Creek Public Access Site Descriptions

Leatherwood Branch Park Access: (Additional Information/Directions)


This park access is located 7.5 miles south of Vanceburg, KY, just off of Kentucky 59 and Kentucky 344. A large, paved parking area is available at this park access, along with a covered shelter and several picnic tables. The section of river at this site is best suited for canoes and kayaks, however, it will require users to walk equipment a short distance to the access point.

McDowells Creek Park Access: (Additional Information/Directions)


This gravel/dirt access is located off of McDowells Creek Road on Payton Road and is just over 3 miles southwest of Garrison, KY. Parking is limited to 2 small gravel parking areas located at the park access. The section of river at this site is best suited for canoes and kayaks. There are no amenities available at this location.

Mill Pond Creek Access: (Additional Information/Directions) 


A single lane, gravel ramp and bank fishing access area is located 2 miles southwest of Garrison, KY just off of Kinney Road/ State Hwy 1306. A small, gravel parking area for around 3 vehicles is located at the top of the ramp on the side of the road along with 2 picnic tables and street light. This access point and section of river is just upstream of Garrison Ramp and is best suited for canoes, kayaks and small john boats.


Garrison Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)


A two lane, concrete boat ramp is located on the east side of Garrison, KY just off of KY-8. A large, paved parking area is available at the ramp site with no other amenities available. The section of river at this site is a short distance from the Ohio River and is best suited for canoes, kayaks, and small john boats.

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Fisheries Overview

The following length frequencies are representative of the top 4 species sampled in Kinniconick Creek from 2016.

Smallmouth Bass length frequency graph 


Kentucky Spotted Bass length frequency graph 


Rock Bass Length frequency graph 


Muskellunge Length frequency graph 



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