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Kayak Red, White & Boom

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  • Olentangy River

    640 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH (map)

    39.967281 -83.018501

  • Let's kayak on the Olentangy River for Red, White & Boom! Join a bunch of other kayakers for the best seats in the house for Columbus' fireworks.

    Plan on doing a tailgate before we put in the parking lot behind the address listed. This lot fills up fast, which is why I'm setting for it 3:30pm. We'll have a portable grill, so bring something to grill or a dish to share, picnic supplies and a comfy chair. Also, please bring plenty of water...it's sure to be hot.

    PLEASE NOTE: Columbus PD will safety check each boat before we are allowed to put in.

    Must Bring:
    -wearable personal floatation device
    - light source e.g. flashlight
    - boat registration paperwork (in addition to the sticker)
    - current license sticker on your boat
    - whistle.

    We'll put in near sunset and paddle about half a mile down stream. Fireworks start at 10pm.

    Follow Nationwide Blvd to the end and turn right into the parking lot. The road may be blocked off. If so, your kayaks on top should let you through or tell the police officer that you are kayaking and they should let you through. There is also a parade happening about 6pm that make affect traffic. Visit the website for more details: http://www.redwhiteandboom.org
    I'll have sign up on one of the cars to try to make it easier to find us, as there are several other kayak groups that will be there.

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  • Sami

    Guys, I/we have spent countless hours trying to coordinate this trip and have gotten as many reports from as many sources. At this point obviously you're all welcome to do what you wish, however I do not have time to try and reroute 72 individuals within 24 hours. If you do go, be safe and have fun!

    July 2, 2014

  • Cindy

    OK, according to several sources we are allowed to launch again, but we won't be allowed as far down river as in the past

    July 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me guess, its going to be on a Fri, Sat or Sun...

    June 24, 2014

  • Sami

    I regret to inform everyone that the CITY has denied all access to the water this year as a result of the construction of the low head dams on the Olentangy.

    We are working on an alternative paddle/trip for this weekend; so stay tuned.

    3 · June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Sami. I'll stay tuned!

      June 23, 2014

  • Sami

    I just received a call back from Valerie of P&R who suggested I call the Whittier Park to see if they were permitting kayaks to launch from there docks. I called the park office who lead me to the rangers. The ranger explained that every law enforcement agency will be using this launch as there main base. He then stated that the Manager of the Park (Marshall) was still in the set up stages and would contact me if indeed we're able to launch there. I'm afraid it isn't looking good my friends, but I'll keep on it until we get a definitive answer.

    June 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Sami

      June 19, 2014

  • Sami

    I have called Parks and Rec 2 times now only to be put on hold each time, and I'm on hold again now as we speak; 14.45 min and counting :( Okay, a young lady named Valerie just answered and here is her response. "They have closed ALL river access for the fireworks. The Director HAS NOT determined an alternate put-in, and she isn't sure if they will at this point. She mentioned the Park of Roses fireworks but also stated if they are more than 10 kayakers we need an event permit, of which she is checking into for us. All in all she took my name and number and said she would call me once/if she heard anything different. I'll call her back next week to see if there has indeed been any progress.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    That sucks....can anyone explain what it is they are trying to accomplish with this whole Olentangy River thing? Right now, it looks terrible and my assumption it is going to take another year or two. Will the water levels continue to be really low and the Olentangy/Sciot downtown much less wide? I loved this event every year. I was down there today and the water looks just fine and completely navigable

    June 7, 2014

    • Kip P.

      I was downtown yesterday and I agree it is certainly navigable but it is a "construction zone". I'm sure that's way it is closed to boats. I also thought that we would have to be fighting a much stronger current as is.

      June 7, 2014

    • Nikki

      There all signs all over down town with drawings of what they are doing. Just imagine all that's there now, the walk ways, bike paths, plants, now imagine another level down having the same thing. The dams have been taken out, the water will never be high again.

      June 18, 2014

  • Don S.

    Is there any news on our being able to pull this off or has this trip been cancelled?

    June 14, 2014

  • Sami

    Okay guys, let me research this further, and with that come up with a "Plan B".

    2 · June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Talked to a guy who works for the city. He said there would be no boats allowed in construction area because of the lower water due to removal of the main st. dam. This has revealed heretofore sunken parts of old bridges, dumped concrete and other hazards they don't want boaters to interact with. However, he said if enough people complain, something might be done. He did say that putting in at the Scioto Audubon park and paddling upriver would probably be alright

    June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I work for the city and I can start doing some questioning and find out what is going on

      1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kip P.

      COP used to do that. We would paddle up almost to the Main Street Dam but that was when the launch site was Bicentennial Park. We certainly wouldn't have as good of view but I think it would work. We'll need to check out the current now that everything has changed. We could probably eddy hop.

      June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are not going to be on the Scioto - Just the Olentangy from the meet-up description. Scioto is closed due construction and other hazards from my understanding.

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kip P.

      Maybe we're not dead yet. I just looked at their faqs page from 2013 (http://www.redwhitean...­) and it said the very same thing. Maybe we aren't considered boats???

      June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yaks!

      June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your right Kevin this sucks big time. I work weekends and have been waiting all year for this event! That being said I agree with Suha, is it possible to paddle from another location? I like the paddle/camping idea!!

    June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      camping out sounds like a great idea,, but try finding a campsite now for over a very busy holiday weekend.

      June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      who said you need a "campground"?

      1 · June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any other river locations we can float and watch the fireworks from? Maybe a paddle and camping trip?

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kelly

      would love that

      June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There must be a way to get the city to allow non-motorized watercraft on the river..

    June 8, 2014

  • Bob F.

    I just saw a post on facebook from one of the guys at cop that the Scioto River will be closed to boat traffic for Red, White and Boom due to construction.

    June 8, 2014

  • Don S.

    I can see why they would have a problem with regular motor boats but why not let the kayakers and canoes go on the river? Your right Kevin this sucks big time.

    June 7, 2014

  • Kip P.

    SORRY TO BE THE BEARER OF REALLY BAD NEWS BUT...

    I heard a rumor so I emailed the Scioto Greenways group (they're working on the river downtown).
    Their very sad response is below:

    Thank you very much for reaching out. You are correct – the river will be closed to boat traffic during Red, White & Boom. With construction going on, the river is not suitably navigable for public boating. We’ve been working closely with the producers of Red, White & Boom to mitigate any impact of construction on the event. I will certainly let them know that contacting boaters is of the utmost importance. To that end – do you have any recommendations for list serves and websites that may be a good way to get the word out, besides our own social media and web presence and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department outlets? Thanks, Nell Nell Selander
    CDDC & Capitol South
    (614)[masked]

    June 7, 2014

  • Don S.

    Hey gang I have my kayak trailer updated to carry 10 or so kayaks and my Toyota Sequoia can carry five passengers and gear if anyone wants to carpool it to REd, White and Boom. If you are interested leave contact info here and we will set up a location to meet.

    June 7, 2014

  • Don S.

    I'm going to take a chance and go. I have not done well with fireworks since I got back from Vietnam in 1969. I think it's time I faced my fear and I can not think of a better way to do it than with my river rat friends.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Kelly

    Any campers?

    May 25, 2014

    • Rob

      Nowhere to camp at.

      May 25, 2014

    • Kelly

      Booo. We live in Dayton

      May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've wanted to do this for years! Sure hope I'm not recovering from getting my knee scoped by then. Bad thing about my sit inside kayak if I get my knee done, too much bending for a tall guys legs

    May 25, 2014

  • Tracy

    Thank you Kim!

    May 12, 2014

  • Tracy

    Does anyone have a kayak I could borrow?

    May 2, 2014

    • Kim V.

      No because it's too complicated for this event due to traffic and time constraints. You can check if any livery is offering rentals for that day

      May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI I will be at RWB early on the 3rd. I am taking my wife to the airport in the a.m. Got the whole day off! Where could I put-in in Columbus to do a couple hour float down to the public ramp at Nationwide?

    March 12, 2014

    • Kip P.

      Many years ago, I used to lead a trip for Columbus AYH to RWB. We would but in just south of Griggs dam at 6PM and get downtown just before dark. There is one portage around the Dublin Road dam.

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info.

      April 29, 2014

  • Jim R.

    If I don't have to work I'll be there early.

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a lot of learning to do before then! But if I feel comfortable by then, I would love to join you!

    March 6, 2014

    • Sami

      Hi Lauren, we can teach you everything you need to know. We'll have several "free" training classes before July. Just waiting for the weather to break. It should be warm enough by June. LOL

      March 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lol. I certainly hope so!

      March 6, 2014

  • Sami

    Last year there were 37 River Rats at this event. Let's see if we can't top that this year.

    March 5, 2014

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