New Online Map Providing Residents with Access to Local Waterways

June 11, 2018

Area residents can now use an online tool to find safe and legal access points for paddling along the region’s rivers and streams. In partnership with local communities, parks districts, and grassroots organizations, MORPC has launched the Central Ohio Blueways interactive web map.

The interactive map is available at morpc.org/blueways, a webpage that also provides information on water safety, boat registration, and how to help protect and preserve our waterways.

Central Ohio Blueways

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission — in partnership with local communities, parks districts, and grassroots organizations — provides residents and visitors with information on where they can safely and legally access the water for paddle sports in Central Ohio’s neighborhoods.

The site launched in conjunction with MORPC’s Riverfest, an annual event that provides residents with the opportunity to kayak, canoe, and paddle board on the Scioto River at no cost. Hundreds of people attended Riverfest this year, highlighting Central Ohio’s strong interest in paddle sports.

“Central Ohio accounts for almost 20 percent of all registered canoes and kayaks in the state, but most of these boat owners do not paddle or spend their money on trips in Central Ohio’s waterways – likely because they don’t know where to go or how to easily access the water. The interactive web map will serve as resource for them to paddle closer to home.”
MORPC Planning & Environment Director Kerstin Carr

There are more than 100 miles of water to paddle along the Alum Creek, Big Darby Creek, Big Walnut Creek, Olentangy River, and Scioto River within Delaware, Franklin and Pickaway counties. Communities, parks districts, and grassroots organizations are increasingly building water access points and offering opportunities for people to paddle in their own neighborhoods.

Having more consistent signage with information on where people can safely and legally access the water for paddle sports is a goal of Central Ohio Blueways.

Central Ohio Blueways has many community partners and is funded in part by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, and the office of Franklin County Engineer Cornell Robertson.

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