Looking for a local river trip that provides both solitude and great views of Columbus?
This past Sunday we paddled the Scioto River from the base of Griggs Dam past the confluence with the Olentangy, thru Downtown and took out at the boat ramp at Scioto Audobon Metro Park.
The northern portion offered enough solitude and wildlife (herons, deer, an owl) that it was easy to forget how “in town” we were. South of the low head dam at the Dublin Road Water Plant (very easy to portage around on the right side of the river) the river is much more urban. At least 20 bridges cross overhead and the views of Downtown are spectacular. The Downtown area has been totally revamped with the removal of the Rich Street Dam. We got out to stretch the legs at Rich Street and discussed heading up thru the park to grab some brunch. Next time we will take a cable lock to secure the kayaks and lunch will be part of the plan. South of Rich the river becomes a reservior for the last mile and a half to the boat ramp at the Metro Park. This trip covers about 8 miles and we were on the water for about 4 hours.
One nice thing about paddling in town is that it does not require a second vehicle to shuttle back and forth. An UBER from the takeout back up to the truck we left at Griggs was $14, then a short drive back to pick up the boats and other guys.
1. Just a bit of whitewater below Griggs Dam
2. Below Trabue Road.
3. Low head dam at Dublin Rd Water Plant.
4. Downtown Columbus from water level.