Beginning with headwaters as far north as Richland and Crawford Counties, the Olentangy River winds through 88.5 miles of rural and urban landscapes, eventually flowing into the Scioto River in Columbus.
When river conditions are right, kayakers and canoeists can put into the Olentangy River for a 2.7-mile float to Highbanks Metro Park, where they can pull out of the water.
During a trip down the river, paddlers might see bald eagles, great blue herons, cliff swallows, soft-shelled and painted turtles, a variety of ducks, white-tailed deer, muskrat, mink and other wildlife. Watch for interesting geologic features, including concretions and layers of shale.
A great trip starts with familiarizing yourself with downstream access points and a check on weather and water conditions before you depart. Although people can legally float the river, most of the ground below the water is privately owned. Walking or wading on private property is considered trespassing. Please be respectful of private property owners.
Check the TRAIL MAP for canoe and kayak access points to the river within Delaware County
Click below for current outflow rates and river conditions:
For additional info on outflow rates and river conditions, call: 740-363-4011
Check out the New Central Ohio Blueways Interactive Map
Click the logo below to view Central Ohio Blueways’ new website. The website provides valuable information on paddling in Central Ohio and includes an interactive map. This map details where to safely and legally access the water for paddle sports at River Run Park, as well as at many other locations in Central Ohio’s neighborhoods.