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Ashtabula River
Ashtabula River from Riverview Covered Bridge.jpg
The Ashtabula River as viewed from the Riverview Covered Bridge
Map of the Ashtabula River and its watershed
Country United States of America
State Ohio
County Ashtabula County
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of east and west branches in Monroe Township, Ashtabula County
850 feet (260 m)
41°48′51″N 80°36′57″W / 41.81417°N 80.61583°W / 41.81417; -80.61583
River mouth Lake Erie at Ashtabula, Ohio
571 feet (174 m)
41°54′36″N 80°47′55″W / 41.91000°N 80.79861°W / 41.91000; -80.79861
Length 40 miles (64 km)
Basin features
Basin size 137 square miles (350 km2)

The Ashtabula River is a river located northeast of Cleveland in Ohio. The river flows into Lake Erie at the city of Ashtabula, Ohio. It is 40 miles (64 km) in length and drains 137 square miles (350 km2).


Ashtabula derives from Lenape language ashte-pihële, 'always enough (fish) to go around, to be given away', a contraction from apchi 'always' + tepi 'enough' + hële (verb of motion).

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Ashtabula River has also been known as:

  • Ashtibula River
  • Riviere Auscubalu
  • Riviere Oscubolu


On October 30, 2008 the river was designated a State Scenic River by the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


In 1985 the first two miles of the river was named an Area of Concern by the International Joint Commission, primarily because of Fields Brook, a tributary that had received discharges from 19 industries between the 1940s and 1970s. The cleanup was deemed complete in 2014.


  • Fields Brook
  • Strong Brook
  • Hubbard Run
  • Ashtabula Creek
  • West Branch Ashtabula River
  • East Branch Ashtabula River
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