Chippewa Subdistrict

The Chippewa Subdistrict was formed to manage our regional watershed. The Chippewa Watershed consists of all land that drains into Chippewa Creek and its tributaries from the Lake Erie/Ohio River divide to the Chippewa Creek's junction with the Tuscarawas River.

The Chippewa Watershed covers 120,320 acres (188 square miles) in the following counties:

  • Medina - 51,905 acres
  • Wayne - 67,959 acres
  • Summit and Stark - 456 acres



Eight flood control dams were constructed in Medina and Wayne counties and improvements were made to 33 miles of channel along the Chippewa Creek including the tributaries of Little Chippewa Creek and River Styx.

Four of the dams include conservation pools or wet dams (there is always water in the pool area).

The other four dams pass normal stream flow through them and only impound water during times of flooding. These are considered dry dams.

For maps of the Subdistrict, click here.
For more information on what is a watershed, click here.