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2013 Riverfest Paddle & Pedal

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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Type Remaining End Quantity
This ticket includes one canoe which can accommodate up to 2 adults with 2 small children. If you need more than one boat, please register for each separately.
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This ticket includes one kayak which accommodates one paddler. Minors 14 or older can paddle with adult supervision. If you need more than one boat, please register for each separately.
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Bike Ride
Registrants must provide own bike and helmet.
952 Tickets Ended Free  

Event Details

PADDLE CANCELLED: We regretfully announces that the PADDLE portion of the Paddle & Pedal has been cancelled. Due to the significant amounts of rain Central Ohio received over the last week, the water level in the Olentangy River will be too high to safely paddle. The PEDAL portion of the event is still taking place so please join us!

Event Summary
Join us Saturday, July 13 for MORPC’s inaugural Paddle & Pedal as part of this year’s Riverfest On Tour! Paddle along the Olentangy River from Broadmeadows Park to Northmoor Park to celebrate the ground breaking of the Olentangy Water Trail. Next enjoy a bike ride along the Olentangy Greenways Trail to downtown Columbus with stops along the way to learn about the 5th Avenue Dam removal and river restoration. The ride ends at North Bank Park with a discussion of the proposed Main Street Dam removal.

Registration Details


  • Life jackets, boats and paddles will be provided. Please register for a boat, as the number of boats is limited.
  • A canoe accommodates up to two adults with two small children; a kayak accommodates one person.
  • All minors must be five or older and supervised by an adult.
  • You must be 14 or older to use a kayak and minors must also be supervised by an adult. 


  • Each person joining the bike ride should register; bikes and helmets are not provided.
  • Secure bike storage will be available.

Day-Of Details

  • Bring your own lunch and beverage.  Meals are not provided.
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Shoes are required and may get wet.
  • In the event of unsafe river or weather conditions, the event will be cancelled.  All registrants will receive an email early morning if this occurs.
  • Bike ride participants are responsible for their own transportation back to Northmoor Park to retrieve their vehicles, if necessary.


9:30am: Paddler Check-in at Northmoor Park
The park is located on the west end of Northmoor Place in Clintonville. There is limited parking in the lot so participants may need to park along streets. Participants must sign a liability waiver (adults must sign for minors) and be fitted for a life jacket.

10:00am: Shuttle to Broadmeadows Park
The Olentangy Water Trail will be announced. Participants will then receive a quick lesson in safe paddling before getting on the water. 

10:30–12:00pm: Paddle from Broadmeadows Park back to Northmoor Park (3 miles)
Paddlers return life jackets, boats and paddles at Northmoor. Lunch on your own.

12:00 pm: Bike ride-only participants check-in at Northmoor
Park Bring your own helmet and bike. Helmets are required.

12:30–2:00 pm: Bike from Northmoor Park to North Bank Park (6.5 miles)
The tour includes a  stop in the OSU area to learn about the removal of the 5th Avenue Dam and the Olentangy River restoration. The ride will end downtown near North Bank Park with a discussion of the proposed Main Street Dam removal. 

2:00pm: Event concludes
Participants are responsible for their own transportation back to  Northmoor Park to retrieve their vehicles, if necessary.

The Riverfest On Tour! Paddle & Pedal is supported through the generous support of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Franklin County, City of Columbus, Metro Parks, Stantec, Hero USA Inc., the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Have questions about 2013 Riverfest Paddle & Pedal? Contact Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

When & Where

Northmoor Park
3601 Olentangy Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43214

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) serves as a resource for local officials as they make decisions about economic growth, development, transportation, energy, and environmental sustainability. Through a variety of transformative programs and services, we work to improve the lives of all Central Ohio residents and make the region stand out on the world stage. For more information, please visit

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