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Shooting the Olentangy River rapids.

It looks like we have rain coming in over the next 36 hours. If this develops as predicted the Olentangy River will be running at optimum levels. It's 714cfs now and should rise to over 1400cfs with the incoming rain.

If you're wanting to run this with me Monday after work, Let's have some fun.

See you on the river

Sami
River Description
This class I-II run is of primary interest to Central Ohio paddlers. At high water levels a number of small ledges create playful waves and hydraulics. There are unfortunately few mid-stream boulders and eddies, however, many playspots are serviced by bank eddies.

Characteristics at select flows:
[masked] cfs: runnable but no worthwhile play. Good levels for early ww beginners needing moving water experience;
[masked] cfs: the maximum amount of hydraulics appear. Waves are small.
[masked] cfs: many enjoyable medium-sized waves. A lot of the hydraulics start to wash out. "House Wave" is nice. Noticeably pushier;
4000-4500+ cfs: large standing waves offer fun surf. Holes are washed out, but many of the waves break nicely. Very pushy and flood-like. Most waves are catch-on-the-fly. "Maui Wave" above take-out is prime.

Hazards: There are two low-head dams to be aware of. The first occurs approximately 2/3 into the run above the US 23 bridge. Portage river right. A second very low small dam is located about 50 yards downstream of the first. It's broken out on river right and easily run there.

Access:
Put-in: From the US 23 bridge which crosses the river south of Delaware, head north several miles up the river right side road. Continue north on the dead-end road leading to a Delaware Water Treatment Facility. Park along the guardrail, just in front of the newly erected fence, looking for a trail in the weeds dropping down to the river.

Take-out: From 23 near the bridge, travel south on Chapman Road, which parallels the river. In less than a mile, look for a red ranch house on your left close to the river. Just past that, once the left side of the road turns to woods, look for two pullouts close-by on your right, the northern one with a mailbox. Park in the southern pullout. A trail leads down to the river where a low-head dam used to be (removed, courtesy "Scenic Rivers" License Plate funds). Removal has revealed a new ledge! Note the area is private, so be in good behavior mode.
Alternate access point under 23 bridge.

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3092/#tab-photos

YEE HAA!

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  • Jennifer

    Sami is great about finding a balance between adrenalin and safety.

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Sami

      Awesome, keep me posted!

      April 30, 2013

    • Sami

      Okay guys, between the 2 reports, I think we have it covered; and I can't thank you enough. Feel free to call me tomorrow so we can figure out our next trip. I still can't get those rapids out of of head, as they were amazing for Central Ohio. [masked]

      April 30, 2013

  • Jeffrey Korn, D.

    I took Suhana to the proposed take out on Chapman Road (Winter St.?) to show her the rapids. We found an open field where we could park: across from the water and the no parking signs. I stopped by the field's neighbor: she said it belongs to the boy scouts. There is nothing there but grass and a roofed (no walls) shelter farther in. I imagine if we called the Scouts (4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH
    (740)[masked]), they would have nothing to lose to let our cars sit there for 2-3 hours.

    1 · April 30, 2013

    • Sami

      YOU DA MAN! Let's watch the waters levels, as I'm more than ready

      April 30, 2013

  • Sami

    If nothing else it was good to see everyone. I'm going back up Weds to scout everything out, so we'll know next time what's legal and what's not as it's obviously changed. I'll keep everyone posted. Sorry guys!

    Sami

    April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A few of us did the hoover paddling to the eagles nest. wished we could hve found a way to do the river. but we live to Yak again. Nice to see all of you.

      April 29, 2013

  • Bob F.

    we didn't get a boat on the river but not for a lack of trying. We couldn't find suitable entry and exit points on the river. Water levels were high, banks steep and we ran out of daylight. For safety sake decided to abort. We'll try again.

    April 29, 2013

  • Jennifer

    My number is[masked]-3525. We need to regroup. We are calling it for darkness.

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    As predicted it's running slightly over 1400cfs. Today is going to be a good day to be on the water.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sami, I got that kayak today for less than you suggested! And I got a skirt. I will still meet at your place.

    April 29, 2013

    • Sami

      Did you get the red one I sent?? BTW, you rock, girl!!

      April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    Make that 1240cfs, and building :)

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    Water flow up is to 1180cfs as of 2pm

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    Hey guys, here's my cell for those of you who do not have it
    [masked]

    Sami

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Annie is no longer a guest. She is one of us!

    April 29, 2013

    • Sami

      True that! LOL

      April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    Good deal, Bob! Sounds like your wife and mine have the same values. LOL

    April 29, 2013

  • Bob F.

    See you guys tonight. Had to check with the boss. She said ok as long as my life insurance is paid up! The girl knows her priorities. looking forward to it.

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    NICE! See you then

    Sami

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    Just as predicted the water levels are up and ready for us to play. Right now they're at 942cfs and building.

    See everyone this evening

    Sami

    April 29, 2013

  • Sami

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone for a great time Saturday. Ann and I had a blast. As you said Sami, it was a fine group of people. Cheers to all who attended and made it a fun day.

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Sami

      It was great to meet you and Ann. It was a great time, especially playing in the Class I rapids of which you have never done before. I look forward to seeing you guys tomorrow. Hopefully it will keep raining. Thought I'd never hear myself say that. LOL

      April 28, 2013

  • Sami

    Even if you did, I do not have an extra spray skirt of which you'll need. Sorry on this one.

    Sami

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sami, Do you think don't have enough experience for this one? Ab

    April 28, 2013

  • Sami

    Access:
    Put-in: From the US 23 bridge which crosses the river south of Delaware, head north several miles up the river right side road. Continue north on the dead-end road leading to a Delaware Water Treatment Facility. Park along the guardrail, just in front of the newly erected fence, looking for a trail in the weeds dropping down to the river.

    We'll meet at the water treatment plant and go from there. I can be there by 5:30 with people meeting me here at 5.

    As far as two vehicles it probably wouldn't hurt.

    See you tomorrow

    Sami

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sami, Ann and I live up north and plan to go from here. what is the plan to leave vehicles at the take out? my pickup truck will haul 4 but only three riders. Should Ann and I plan to take two vehicles? let me know.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How experienced do you have to be for these rapids? I've done factory rapids on the Kokosing with the water up a couple of times but that's all the experience I have rapid wise...

    April 28, 2013

    • Sami

      Then you should be fine, Alice

      April 28, 2013

  • Jeffrey Korn, D.

    SHOULD be able to do this

    April 28, 2013

  • Marcos J. S.

    cant do this one broski

    April 27, 2013

    • Sami

      I understand papa!

      April 27, 2013

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