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Olentangy River

Olentangy River
State Route 315 passing over the Olentangy in Columbus in 2002
River information
NameOlentangy River
Origin~ 2 mi (3.2 km) NorthEast of Galion
MouthScioto River at Columbus
Elevation~ 1,190 ft (363 m)
Mouth elevation~ 710 ft (216 m)
Basin area543 mi2 (1,046 km2)

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The Olentangy River ( ) is a 97 mi (156.1 km) tributary of the Scioto River in Ohio.

It was originally called keenhongsheconsepung, a Delaware word literally translated as "stone for your knife stream", based on the shale found along its shores. Early settlers to the region translated this into "Whetstone River". In 1833, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation intending to restore the original Native American names to some Ohio waterways, but mistakenly gave Whetstone River the name "Olentangy"—Delaware for "river of the red face paint"—which had actually belonged to what is now known as Big Darby Creek.

The Olentangy River rises in Crawford County approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) northeast of Galion, flowing through Galion and northwest towards Bucyrus, where it then turns south and flows through the communities of Delaware, Powell, Worthington, and the campus of Ohio State University, before joining with the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.

The Delaware State Park Reservoir, also known as Delaware Lake, was constructed along the Olentangy River in 1951. The reservoir is located 5 miles north of the city of Delaware, and was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control purposes. On January 13, 2005, Delaware Dam was nearly overtopped. The water level came within less than 1 foot of requiring the main spill gates to be opened before it began dropping.

The Olentangy River is the primary source of drinking water for much of Delaware County. Both the City of Delaware and Del-Co water company, the supplier of drinking water to most of rural Delaware County, draw the majority of their water supplies from the Olentangy system.

Twenty-two miles of the Olentangy have been designated a State Scenic River by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas & Preserves.

Olentangy River Video

Breaching the 5th Avenue dam on the Olentangy River in Columbus, Ohio, August 28, 2012.
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Joe demonstrates techniques for catching smallmouth and spotted bass on Jerkbaits. Fishn' with Joe. You have gotta luv it!
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Wading, what a great way to fish. Joe hooks up on Catfish, freshwater drum and smallmouth bass all in one trip. Fishn' with Joe you have gotta luv it!
11.30 min. | 4.83 user rating
Joe tears up the bass right in front of the famous Ohio State Horshoe Stadium. Go Bucks!
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Lauren's (Clearly meant to be funny and not serious at all) Intro Video for Real Life ( CRU ) at The Ohio State University.
3.32 min. | 2.05 user rating
This video follows OH-315 North from it's beginning at I-71 to I-270.
3.93 min. | 4.66 user rating
I got skunked, but in my defense, her presence makes it a bit more difficult to concentrate. Location: Olentangy River; Alum Creek Park in Westerville, OH Da...
4.08 min. | 4.33 user rating
Largemouth, spotted bass and Smallmouth Bass all in one show. Leave it up to Joe to get it done. Fishn' with Joe you have gotta luv it!
10.72 min. | 4.78 user rating
Location: Olentangy River, Ohio Date: 7/15/13 Time Fished: 8:00 am - 11:00 am Air Temp: 77 degrees Water Temp: 74 degrees Conditions: sunny and calm Lures Us...
3.05 min. | 5.0 user rating
kick butt fishing video sure to satisfy!
4.28 min. | 5.0 user rating

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Photo: Beauty or beasts? - Columbus Dispatch Tweet this news
Columbus Dispatch--For some people, these Canada geese taking flight at sunset from the -Olentangy River- between King and 5th avenues is a wonderful sight - nature in all its ... - Date : Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:16:00 GMT+00:00
Expect Congestion As Thousands Hit Ohio State Campus Sunday - NBC4i.com Tweet this news
NBC4i.com--For those going to the commencement, officials asked you use surface lots west of the -Olentangy River-. If approaching from state Route 315, take either the ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:11:47 GMT+00:00
Remembering Pearl Harbor - Delaware Gazette Tweet this news
Delaware Gazette--The frigid northern winds gusting over the -Olentangy River- ensured the 40 or so people who gathered at the Winter Street Bridge early Sunday afternoon would ... - Date : Mon, 06 Dec 2010 05:13:05 GMT+00:00
Revolutionary war veteran and church founder honored - NewsOK.com Tweet this news
NewsOK.com--The tone, intended for his family who was staying in a cabin he'd built the year before, echoed from the -Olentangy River- throughout the tranquil valley for ... - Date : Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:48:29 GMT+00:00
Local Business Makes A Difference For Firefighters 4 Kids - NBC4i.com Tweet this news
NBC4i.com--Either drop off a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation at our toy drive Saturday December 11 from 8 am to 3 pm at the NBC 4 studios on -Olentangy River- ... - Date : Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:11:24 GMT+00:00
Photo: Up close and personal - Columbus Dispatch Tweet this news
Columbus Dispatch---...- 6, left, and Sky Jackett,7, get a close look at each other on the Sandefur Wetlands Pavilion overlooking the -Olentangy River- Wetland Research Park. ... - Date : Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:46:46 GMT+00:00
Sidewalk Safety Still An Issue On Columbus-Area Streets - NBC4i.com Tweet this news
NBC4i.com--Students, professors and other employees frequently walk along Kinnear Road between North Star Road and -Olentangy River- Road. ... - Date : Thu, 19 Aug 2010 03:22:59 GMT+00:00
Remodeled ranch exemplifies area's diverse architecture - istockAnalyst.com (press release) Tweet this news
istockAnalyst.com (press release)---...- which highlights homes in the Northmoor area bordered by North Broadway on the south, N. High Street on the east, the -Olentangy River- on the west and ... - Date : Sun, 05 Sep 2010 15:58:28 GMT+00:00
SR 315 SB, Ramps Reopen Monday; Speed Still Restricted - NBC4i.com Tweet this news
NBC4i.com--The ramps at Goodale Boulevard, Interstate 670, Lane Avenue and -Olentangy River- Road to SR 315 northbound will remain closed until Friday, Sept. 10. ... - Date : Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:51:13 GMT+00:00
S.R. 315 To Reopen Ahead Of Schedule - NBC4i.com Tweet this news
NBC4i.com--The ramps at Goodale Boulevard, Interstate 670, Lane Avenue and -Olentangy River- Road to SR 315 northbound will remain closed until Friday, Sept. 10. ... - Date : Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:47:07 GMT+00:00



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