July 25, 2021 @ 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 at the Upper Darby Canoe Access and take out at the Darby Bend Lakes parking area in the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, about 3.5 miles downstream. We will take the opportunity to view the Big Darby Oaks property that has 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 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 and Heather will identify and discuss the various fish and mussels that live in the creek as well as other Big Darby features.

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 level. 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. Please read note below regarding water conditions. We will rendezvous at the take-out point 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 to assure availability of a canoe or kayak. 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 Darby Bend Lakes parking area ready to depart for the put in site by 9:00 a.m. We expect the trip to last approximately 4 – 5 hours.
What to Bring: Bring your own drinks, picnic lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, hat, and/or water shoes or old sneakers.
Location: Participants should meet at the far west side of the parking area in the Darby Bend Lakes section of the Prairie Oaks Metro Park on the east side of Big Darby Creek, in the northwestern portion of Franklin County. You can use 2665 Amity Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026 for a Google Map address to the entry drive off Amity Road. Look for AOA traffic cones at the parking area rendezvous point. Map to parking are is located below.
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 were elevated this past weekend 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 has registered for the event, if any notices or postponements are necessary. Participants can call AOA at (740.817.1759) if you need to check on river conditions or the trip status.

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