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Ohio whitewater, Scioto River

O'Shaughnessy Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     1 miles
I have run this river during high and low water. The ''rapids'' that are being referred to is a side spillway in the wood that only flows when the dam is releasing. You must put in below the dam on the opposite side of the river, paddle across, then hike to the top. The first pull out is Scioto Park which is river left about 1.5 miles down river. As far as I know, running the multi tier falls is illegal but has been done. https://youtu.be/sNCEJW-GG2w
    Here is a video. Says Aaron

The ''put in'' on map is a flat wide area used for sailing, just above the large impassible dam. Says Jennie

We tried this stretch of river yesterday. It was a complete waste of
time. The water was flat and still. There wasn't enough current to even move us. We had to paddle the 1m back to the take-out location. What a bust! =( Says Gary S. Hugo

How deep is the river? Says Cuyahogagirl

The map above I believe is incorrect. It clearly shows the put in ABOVE the O'Shaughnessy dam. Are we supposed to shoot over the spill way to a 84 foot high concrete dam? Also, the take out location appears to be the back yard
of a secured private residence. Well, according to the map anyway. I wish there was more information about this location. Says Thomas Lowther

The average Ohio whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The O'Shaughnessy Dam section of Scioto River in -blank- County is 1 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Ohio and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle.

Scioto River, O'Shaughnessy Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Scioto River.
 Whitewater Near Scioto River:
Scioto River, -blank- County, 0 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (O'Shaughnessy Dam)
Olentangy River, Delaware County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Delaware Recycling Plant to Chapman Road pull-off)
Whitewater Outfitter - Real Adventure, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Scioto River:
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 39 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 52 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Clear Fork, Ohio , 54 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 10 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 57 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Scioto River:
Alum Creek Marina, Delaware , 9 miles away
Bradley Lake Marina, Hilliard , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Scioto River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Dublin , 2 miles away
Courtyard Columbus Dublin, Dublin , 3 miles away
Red Roof PLUS Columbus-Dublin, Dublin , 3 miles away
Embassy Suites By Hilton Columbus Dublin, Dublin , 3 miles away
Residence Inn Columbus Dublin, Dublin , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Scioto River:
Franklin County Fairgrounds, Hilliard, 6 miles away
Whitesands Campgrounds, Delaware, 10 miles away
Pastime Park, Plain City, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Scioto River:
Delaware State Park, Ohio , 17 miles away
Madison Lake State Park, Ohio , 22 miles away
Deer Creek State Park, Ohio , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Scioto River:
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin , 1 miles away
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, Powell , 2 miles away
Country Club At Muirfield Village, Dublin , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Scioto River
Hoover Reservoir, Franklin , 17 miles away
Richwood Lake, Union , 19 miles away

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