May 14, 2015

MORPC’s 12th annual Riverfest activities will take place from May through July and are free of charge. Riverfest On Tour! is a celebration of water, Ohio’s greatest resource. The purpose of Riverfest is to educate the public about the vital role waterways play in our region.

David Rutter, MORPC’s Watershed Coordinator, is leading in these Riverfest efforts. “These activities demonstrate how water can be fun, while emphasizing the importance of preserving this vital resource,” Rutter said. “By providing these outings at no cost, people of all incomes and ages can develop a lifelong appreciation for waterways in our local communities.”

Take the time this summer to get outdoors and enjoy our waterways at one of the following Riverfest events provided below.

Alum Creek Canoe Float and Pedal
Saturday, May 30, 2015

This event along Alum Creek will include a five mile paddle from Innis Park in Columbus to Jeffrey Park in Bexley to be followed by a pedal along the Alum Creek Greenway trail from Bexley to Three Creeks Metro Park .

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Licking County Canoe Float
Saturday, June 6, 2015

This event is being hosted by the Licking County Parks District and will involve a six mile paddle from Newark’s new canoe access in Riverview Park to State Route 668.

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Olentangy River Canoe Float
Saturday, June 20, 2015

This paddle will be part of the Northern Olentangy Watershed (NOW) Festival organized by the City of Delaware and the Olentangy Watershed Alliance. The route will cover approximately six miles from Main Road near Delaware Reservoir to Mingo Park in Delaware.

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Scioto River Canoe Float
Saturday, June 27, 2015

This event is in partnership with the City of Dublin Recreation and Parks along the Scioto River from Amberleigh Park to Bridge Street. The route is approximately 2.5 miles and will highlight Dublin’s commitment to providing boaters access to the river.

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Big Walnut Creek Canoe Float
Saturday, July 18, 2015

This paddle will include a stream clean up on Big Walnut Creek. The route will be from Nafzger Park to Helsel Park in Columbus about 2 miles.

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Lastly, if you can’t make it to any Riverfest events, learn about ways you can help water quality

For more details about Riverfest or sponsorship opportunities please contact David Rutter at or 614.233.4186.