July 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Float a section of beautiful Big Darby Creek, a national and state designated scenic river. Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is co-sponsoring a canoe/kayak trip on scenic Big Darby Creek with the ODNR Ohio Scenic Rivers Program. We will put in on AOA’s Mishe Moneto Preserve near Darbyville and take out at our new Gunning Preserve, about 5 miles downstream. We will have an opportunity to view properties that have been protected by AOA as part of our river conservation mission to help safeguard our water quality, native habitats and scenic assets. Enjoy views of the Big Darby valley and learn about river characteristics and conditions.

Bob Gable, Ohio Scenic Rivers Program Manager, and Heather Doherty, Central Ohio Scenic River Manager, will lead this adventure. We will stop periodically to wade the stream and look for aquatic species. Bob will identify and discuss the various fish and mussels that live in the creek as well as other Big Darby characteristics.

Canoes, paddles and life jackets are included. Participants who want to use their own canoe or kayak are welcome. Single and inexperienced paddlers are welcome and will be paired with a partner based on experience. We will try to place at least one person with paddling experience in each canoe to navigate the natural meanders of the river environment.

This trip will be held rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather and getting wet. We will rendezvous at the take-out point on the Gunning Preserve and carpool upriver to the put-in location. This trip is open to the public. Spend a fun summer day on the river while learning first-hand about AOA’s riparian corridor and watershed conservation efforts!

RSVP Requested: Please RSVP if you are planning to participate in the canoe float. You can RSVP to Steve Goodwin by email at office@appalachiaohioalliance.org or by phone at 740.817.1759. Let Steve know if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak.

Time: Participants should be at the Gunning Preserve ready to depart by 9:00 a.m. We expect the trip to last approximately 5 – 6 hours.

What to Bring: Bring your own drinks, picnic lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, hat, and water shoes or old sneakers.

Place: Participants should meet on the Gunning Preserve, using the driveway along London Road. The driveway is on the north side of the road about 5.6 miles south of State Road 316 in Darbyville in Pickaway County. The address for the driveway is 20170 London Rd, Circleville, OH 43113. Look for AOA signs at the entrance. Use this Google map link to Gunning property:

High Water Conditions: This trip will be postponed only in the event of severe weather or high water conditions on the river. Please note that water levels have been elevated all summer and are highly dependent on local rains this week. We will post event status information on the AOA Facebook page if conditions require. We will also email everyone who opens the event details through our Constant Contact email distribution, if any cautions or notices be necessary. Call AOA (740.817.1759) if you need to check on river conditions or the trip status.