Scioto River
April 14 - 21-22, 2018



We are canoeing the Scioto River from the Greenlawn Dam in Columbus to the Ohio River. Total distance of 128 - 130 miles. This will be a camp along the river trip with members carrying all supplies in their watercraft. The following is a tentative schedule of which is subject to change based on water levels and weather.

April 13th - We will meet at either the Scioto Conservation Club 1060 Borror Rd, Grove City, Oh or Scioto Canoe Livery 675 London Groveport Rd, Lockbourne, OH 43137 (waiting on approval) to camp on Friday evening and get vehicles shuttled to certain areas.

April 14th - We will launch from the Greenlawn Dam 321 Scioto Blvd., Columbus, OH. Right next to the dam is Columbus Fire Station #3. They have given us permission to leave 2 or 3 vehicles in their parking lot for a day or the week. Launch time will be determined on Friday evening. The first day we will paddle 14.25 miles to the Mackey Ford Wildlife Area (waiting on permit) where State Route 762 crosses the river. There are no facilities or water. Bring a trowel and enough water to last 3 days.

April 15th - We will paddle 17.25 miles to a Pickaway County Park named Canal Park, 23352 Canal Rd., Circleville, Ohio. The park has a shelter house and a port-a-pot. No water available.

April 16th - A very long day of paddling 26.5 miles to the Chillicothe City Park. We will camp next to the boat ramp and just across the flood dike are restrooms and water. If we have a shuttle vehicle we could get real food in the evening or have pizza delivered. If we shuttled any vehicles to this point then they would have to be moved on down to Portsmouth to our last campsite.

April 17th - Camping from here on will be on gravel/sand bars. Around 15 miles south of Chillicothe we will start looking for a nice spot for the evening. Just downstream of Higby Road near the village of Richman Dale is an island as listed on the old topo maps to look for. No facilities or water.

April 18th - A 17.75 mile paddle brings us just south of Waverly. Where Pee Pee Creek flows into the River is a great sand bar, if the water isn't high. It's in between state routes 23 and 220. No facilities or water.

April 19th - The next sand bar will range from 14.25 to 19.25 miles depending on accessibility and water levels. No facilities or water.

April 20th - Depending on the campsite the night before, this day of paddling will range from 9.75 to 12.75 miles. Another sand bar and no facilities or water.

April 21st - After paddling 10.25 miles to the Ohio River, we will camp at the Riverfront Campground. The campground is around 1 mile upstream on the Ohio River. If we have a shuttle vehicle handy we could load up boats and drive to the campground. (waiting on permit)

This will quite possibly be a strenuous trip depending on lots of factors. Water levels, wind, air temperatures, etc. Anyone paddling is REQUIRED to bring extra dry clothes in an emergency bag in case of a capsize. This would be in addition to your regularly packed clothes. Something very easy to retrieve in an emergency.

Everyone must be self sufficient. Everyone must carry their own water. There will be spots where we can ask to refill water jugs. All food is the responsibility of each paddler. Restroom facilities will be a cat hole at the first and last 4 campsites on the river.

Any thoughts, suggestions or questions call Tony 740 262 1055 or email: tbonecanoes at