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Canoe Kayak Access

The Park District has applied and received funding from an ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft Paddling Enhancement Program Grant to secure canoe and kayak access on Big Darby Creek. This grant offers 100% reimbursement in an effort to develop or improve recreational boating access for “hand powered watercraft.” This Project is in partnership with the Pickaway County Commissioners and the Pickaway County Engineers and is located at Scioto Darby Road, which is the same location of the new bridge put in by the County in 2017. The project is estimated to cost $55,000 and will include a gravel road that’s about 385 feet and a gravel parking lot that’s 100 feet by 70 feet, enough for roughly 20 parking spaces. The District will be hosting a public meeting to address any concerns from neighbors to the project. We are looking to solicit additional input from local/state stakeholders, prior to starting on this project. We will be hosting a public meeting via Zoom on January 26th at 7:00 pm to further discuss this project and hear from you. You can get more information on how to join Here.

The Pickaway County Park District, in coordination with the Pickaway County Commissioners, the Pickaway County Engineer and Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, is putting in a second grant application for ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft Paddling Enhancement Program. This application requests funds to establish a canoe and kayak access into the Big Darby Creek at the intersection of S.R. 762 and Darby Creek Road on Franklin Metro Park’s Property. The proposed project site is on the North side of the bridge on the East side of Darby Creek Road. The District will be hosting a public meeting via Zoom on February 2nd at 7:00 pm to further discuss this project and hear from you. You can get more information on how to join Here.

The District is still working with landowner Jim Cook on a location a crossed U.S. 23 from the previously discussed location off little Walnut Road with access to Little Walnut Creek to secure canoe/kayak access. This new location, in the southern portion of Cooks Creek Golf Course, will have more parking than the previously discussed location on the other side of the road. This site will also have overflow parking options for busy weekend and access to one of the southern lake for canoes and kayaks.

We are working to secure additional access points along the Scioto River and Darby Creek for Canoe and Kayak access. We are having discussion with several entities to procure easements along both of these waterbodies.