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Red White and Kayak!

  • Red White and Boom

    636 W. nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH (map)

    39.967144 -83.018448

  • This is now an official annual event! and If you've done it in the past you will be back this year too! For the rest of you this is very light paddeling perfect for beginners. Mostly you will be ewing and awing over the best seat in the world to see a great fireworks display and oh there is that pre party thing too. Also because of our location you miss the crowds in fact for those that live on West side of town 20 minutes after show is over you can be home, seriously!
    Where
    There is a parking lot and boat ramp at the very end of W. Nationwide Blvd, west of Huntington Stadium. GPSers, try 636 W Nationwide Blvd, 43215. Check www.redwhiteandboom.org/ for information about road closings. Note there is a parade at 6:00 that affects these. SR-315 or I-71 to I-670 then Neil Avenue to W Nationwide Blvd worked best in the past.

    Once you get to the very end of W Nationwide Blvd, turn right into the parking lot where you'll see lots of boats. Look for the PADDLE OHIO sign on Matt G.'s Jeep Cherokee windshield.
    For those who haven't gone before traffic can be interesting just getting there, roads start getting closed and the only way I've been able to get in is coming in from the West going East on long street and make a left on Hocking and another left on Nationwide Blvd. Cops have had road closed but if you have a kayak on top or tell them your going to boat ramp they will let you through.
    Before sundown, we'll enter the Olentangy River, paddle a couple hundred yards to the Scioto River, hang a left, then continue downstream. We usually congregate near the dock at Neil Avenue and Long Street just before the second railroad bridge. During the fireworks, we are not allowed downstream of that bridge.

    Parking!!
    In the past we have not had a problem with parking ........ but...... more and more are finding are little secret parking space so If possible try to share a ride, double up, triple up, pack that vehicle tight with people & kayaks........you get the idea.
    WHEN
    Currently the date is July 3rd and weather dependent. Matt G. will be in the parking lot by 4:30 (Hopefully in a really shady spot). Parking gets tighter during the evening. There will be many other paddlers besides our group. Get there as early as possible. Worst case, drop your boats near the boat ramp and park down the street elsewhere.

    We'll hang out in the parking lot, then enter the river before dark. The show starts at 10:00.

    If you don't have a Kayak but are interested in going contact Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, for the last couple of years they have been renting kayaks for this event but contact them early they go fast. Better yet great time to buy that kayak you wanted.

    WHAT TO BRING
    - Folding chair
    -Food, we usually all do a bit of sharing ...especially if you bring something good. We'll have a table top grill you are welcome to use. .
    - Water, water, water.
    -Other beverages, as longs as consumed in red cups discretely there has not been a problem at pre event party.
    - You may want earplugs
    - You may want safety glasses if you don't wear glasses already. Depending on the wind direction, we've had small bits falling on us some years. Yes, we're that close to the action. Just ask Matt about this.
    - A few anchors in the group are helpful. 10' of rope is plenty.
    **Inspection**
    Anytime you go boating you are subject to a random inspection. At this event, it is guaranteed. Most of us go to the inspectors at the top of the boat ramp when we arrive to get it over with, instead of being hindered later when we try to get in the water. You will need
    - wearable personal floatation device
    - light source e.g. flashlight
    - boat registration paperwork (in addition to the sticker)
    - current license sticker on your boat
    - whistle. Technically, you don't need a "sound signaling device" on this river, but you might as well carry one for safety whenever you paddle and to avoid getting into a legal argument with the inspector if he's expecting you to have one.

    Just have a flashlight with you. You don't have to use it. You don't have to attach it to your boat. You don't need green and red lights. You don't need a flashing light. Headlamps are handy, but you won't even have the light on most of the time, if at all. There is plenty of light downtown.

    Thanks goes out to Matt G for doing all the work so the rest of us can just show up at this event and have fun.

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  • Matt G

    A little history...
    Scioto River gauge downstream of this event:
    July 3, 2012 varied from 140 to 185 cubic feet per minute
    July 3, 2011 varied from 324 to 435 cubic feet per minute
    July 3, 2010 varied from 598 to 703 cubic feet per minute
    July 3, 2009 varied from 223 to 256 cubic feet per minute
    TODAY 6,840 to 7,140 cubic feet per minute

    Good call Scott

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Matt G

      I got this info from the USGS gauge downstream on the Scioto. Google "Scioto USGS" and you'll the first result will be downstream, the second result will be upstream.

      July 3, 2013

    • Matt G

      Keep in mind that the ramp is on the Olentangy, but you have to paddle into the Scioto to see the fireworks. The Olentangy dropped because they closed the Delaware Dam. The Scioto is still roaring. Please be careful if you put in.

      July 3, 2013

  • Matt

    Scott. Will you be inviting everyone up to your place on the 20th floor of North Bank condos now ?

    July 2, 2013

    • Matt G

      I didn't know that side of the sewage treatment plant was referred to as the "North Bank." Sounds elegant.

      July 2, 2013

  • Scott

    I didn't think of that Matt. Yes, Great idea!! Everyone is invited to the 20th floor for a serious party, open bar and a great fireworks show! One small problem, I don't remember ever owning a North Bank condo.

    July 2, 2013

  • Jenn

    Boo was so looking forward to this :(

    July 2, 2013

  • Scott

    Darn!!

    July 2, 2013

  • Scott

    Just came from the put in ramp, the water is high and moving fast! With the forecast calling for more rain I thought this was a dangerous situation and cancelled. With the depth and speed of the water only really strong paddlers will be able to paddle the 1/2 mile back up stream and would not be surprised if the city doesn't allow anyone on the water tomorrow night. I've been doing this trip for over 15 years normally a no brainer waist deep water moving at 0 miles an hour safe for everyone but this year unfortunately is different. I forwarded this message to The River Rat group which is doing the same trip. If you decide to go with them beware that just because you can paddle against the current when you have others in rafts and kayaks in front of you that can't could be an incredibly dangerous situation!! If you go wear your PFD and be careful!
    Scott

    July 2, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    Why is this event being cancelled?

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is awesome! Think we will be able to get in after work, like 530 or 6?

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't rent a kayak. Next time maybe

    July 1, 2013

  • Susan

    What an awesome event--thanks for organizing this

    July 1, 2013

  • Marcia

    Can't wait.

    July 1, 2013

  • Jenn

    This is our first time doing Red White and Boom in our Kayaks... We just got our Kayaks this year and look forward to more adventures :)

    2 · July 1, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    Marilyn McKinley and
    Stephen Canneto whoops
    signed up with 2 groups so cancelling this one. Tx.

    June 28, 2013

  • cindy s.

    change of plan. can't make it. :-(

    June 28, 2013

  • Scott

    Just a couple of quick notes:

    If you have a way transport more than one kayak please try to load as many as possible, carpool, carpool carpool! I have the time listed as I think 5 but .....if you want a place to park you should come as early as possible every year a few more find are secret spot and it gets harder and harder to park. I think Matt is planning on having breakfast in the lot just so he can get that shady spot. If you are one of those who can't find a spot to park, drop off your kayak with us and head down 33 till you find a spot, yeah your going to do a bit of walking but someone will help with the kayak on the way back.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't come up with a kayak just yet.

    June 27, 2013

  • Susan

    Hello, I have a friend who would like to come but she doesn't have a kayak. Does anyone have an extra they wouldn't mind loaning?
    Thanks!

    June 27, 2013

  • Jan Hendricks A.

    I'm not going to make it. No way to transport my kayak!

    June 26, 2013

  • Ricie

    I found this group searching for someone to paddle the sciota from columbus to chilicothe and this sounds like the perfect event to get to know people. I love the idea of being on the water for Red White & Boom!

    June 26, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    Stephen and I will each bring our own kayaks, vests, everything ... where is put in?

    June 23, 2013

  • Tim S.

    At least myself and wife.... Perhaps 3 more if I can secure rental kayaks. Looking forward to this..... Tim

    June 23, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    Can anyone comment on my question below about how we get back to our cars after the event?

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We paddle back. Its a very slow current. No problem at all.

      June 20, 2013

    • Rick S.

      Fire up the Evinrude and hammer down. Ohhh....wrong group.

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I'm Sami from The Ohio River Rat Society and would love to join your group for this event. I'll announce it to my group as well if that's okay with everyone?? I'll wait for your response before doing so. I look forward to meeting everyone

    June 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      One of my members suggested a meet up for this event on their own. As to not take up a space since you are limiting it, I'll go with my group and just introduce myself to you all. I see there are several individuals that are in both our groups that are going as well. Either way, I guess we'll see you down there. Sami

      June 20, 2013

    • Scott

      Sami do as you wish regarding your group but the limit I put was 500, which I assumed everyone would take as a joke & not as an actual limit. The good thing about coming with us is that we've been doing this for awhile and have most of the bugs worked out. The only thing that sometimes alludes us is that shady spot to have our cookout.

      2 · June 21, 2013

  • Susan

    My third year. The best way to enjoy the BOOM! The vibrations resonate through the water giving the most amazing vibrations. Trippy!

    June 20, 2013

  • Todd A.

    Would a paddleboarder be welcome to this event?

    June 18, 2013

    • Matt

      Sure. Come on out. I would suggest having the same safety equipment that is listed for the kayakers. Light, registration, etc.

      June 18, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    Hey guys, super excited about this paddle. Always wanted to do, but never been able to get it done. I have a few questions and am also glad to help any way I can. My fiance Laura and I will be coming with our two kayaks and wondered where and what time we need to be somewhere to guarantee a spot in the lot. Also, is this lot a permitted parking area? We are coming from the East side, so not sure of the best way to get around to where we need to go.

    One other question I had was how to get back to our cars? It looks like you plan to drop off at Nationwide on the Olentangy before the Confluence of it and the Scioto (please let me know if I am mistaken here). Is it hard to paddle back to the drop off or is there another plan to get back?

    Thanks!
    Kevin

    June 18, 2013

  • cindy s.

    It seems to me the Lennox Center will be a good place to meet and pack ourselves into fewer cars. or, coming from north, the Continent.

    June 12, 2013

  • JoEllen H.

    Parking is at a premium so any carpooling is a good idea.

    June 9, 2013

  • cindy s.

    I wonder if we should meet up someplace to "pack the vehicle tight with people & kayaks". How was it done before?

    June 9, 2013

  • Sandy

    Hoping to make it to this. Sounds like a great time!

    June 8, 2013

  • Chad

    What's the best way to the ramp. Last year we had to explain the need for access to a cop on 33 east bound to get to the lot. The city had 33 blocked off at the 315 overpass. Is there a preferred driving access route to the gravel lot?

    June 7, 2013

  • John B.

    Hey All. I was looking at the Red, White and Boom website a couple weeks ago and found this:

    Are boats allowed on the river?
    Boats are permitted on the river, but not within the fireworks zone. The clear zone is maintained from the I670 overpass bridge to the Main St. Bridge. The boat ramps will be closed. All boating questions should be referred to the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department at[masked]-3300.

    Isn't the ramp you use at Nationwide within this zone? Is this something new this year?

    I was interested in seeing the fireworks from this location and know that y'all have used it in the past, but became worried when I read the RW&B FAQ.
    http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/info/faqs/

    June 4, 2013

    • Matt G

      I called the phone number this morning. The RWB website made the usual blanket statement, but the real rules are just as they have been the past. No power boats or trailers on the ramp we are using, but kayaks and canoes are ok on the ramp and in the water down to the RR bridge at the north edge of Veterans Memorial.

      3 · June 6, 2013

    • John B.

      I was hoping that was the answer. Thanks for the updated info, Matt!

      June 7, 2013

  • tami

    Hi Ya'll. Anyone have a kayak I can borrow for this event? I also don't own a life jacket just yet. While I adore kayaking, I've yet to make the transition from renter to owner, but I WILL SOON! Thanks!

    June 4, 2013

  • Rick S.

    Let me know if I can bring any food items or other.

    June 4, 2013

  • Scott

    After going to this event for 15 years you would think that we could answer most of the questions but Matt G pulled all the information together so if there is a problem.....it's his fault! I'm just hoping he gets that shady spot this year.

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • JoEllen H.

    Best way to see the show had a great time last year

    June 4, 2013

  • Matt

    Awesome. Looks like you have all the details down and you have pre-answered every possible question.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time seeing the display from the water. Can't wait!

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • cindy s.

    first time, looking forward to it!

    June 4, 2013

  • Diane

    Look like a great time...hope to make it

    June 3, 2013

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