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Olentangy River in Ohio

Trip Overview

Put in: Hyatts Road north of Powell off S.R. 315, roadside access river right

Take out: Dow Nelson Field access by Worthington High School Farrington Drive at S.R. 161 in Worthington, access river left (gate open on time restrictions)

USGS info: 2.24 feet deep, 209 cubic feet/sec

60 degrees and sunny on a weekend in December?! Bonnie and I had to take out the kayaks. We wanted a close destination and the Olentangy answered the call. We set in just a bit north of powell and had our car waiting for us just by the 161 bridge near the Worthington high school. It was quiet on the river and only started to see people when we went by Highbanks Metro Park. There's a pretty constant stream of cars driving by if you are on the river during rush hour. Surprisingly, there were some challenging rapids scattered throughout our entire journey. Wildlife was out in full force. We saw one deer, lots of bluejays, and a blue herring. Bring some extra clothes because you'll probably get wet.




This is an awesome website if you want to do more of the Olentangy River:

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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