The Info List - Olentangy River

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The Olentangy River
Olentangy River
/oʊlənˈtændʒi/ is a 97-mile-long (156 km)[4] tributary of the Scioto River
Scioto River
in Ohio.


1 History 2 Geography 3 Variant names 4 River restoration 5 Popular Culture 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] It was originally called keenhongsheconsepung, a Delaware word literally translated as "stone for your knife stream", based on the flint found along its shores.[citation needed] 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.

Lane Avenue Bridge
Lane Avenue Bridge
in Columbus, Ohio, near The Ohio
State University campus

Geography[edit] The Olentangy River
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 Eastern Marion County, Ohio
(where it is still locally known as the Whetstone River) before flowing south into Delaware County. The river continues southward towards the communities of Delaware, Powell, Worthington, and the village of Riverlea, before reaching Columbus and the campus of the Ohio
State University, before joining with the Scioto River
Scioto River
in downtown Columbus. The Delaware State Park
Delaware State Park
Reservoir, also known as Delaware Lake, was constructed along the Olentangy River
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
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 the top of the dam, requiring the main spill gates to be opened before it began dropping.[5] The Olentangy River
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 (and other communities beyond), 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.[6] Variant names[edit] The Olentangy River
Olentangy River
has also been known as Keenhongsheconsepung, Oleutangy, Whetstone Creek, Whetstone River, and Whitestone Creek.[7] River restoration[edit] In 2012 the Ohio
EPA and the City of Columbus began to remove some of the lowhead dams that cross the river. Work started with removing the 5th Avenue Dam. The river is now about half of its former width. Work continues to restore the banks and clean the area.[8][9][10][11] Popular Culture[edit] Broadcaster Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
would introduce Ohio
State football games "from the banks of the mighty Olentangy."[12] See also[edit]

List of rivers of Ohio


^ U.S. Geological Survey. Blooming Grove quadrangle, Ohio. 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series. Washington D.C.: USGS, 1988. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. Southwest Columbus quadrangle, Ohio. 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series. Washington D.C.: USGS, 1995. ^ "Map of Ohio
watersheds". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007.  ^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 14 February 2011.  ^ "Delaware Dam nearly overtopped on January 13, 2005".  ^ "Olentangy State Scenic River".  ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Olentangy River ^ "Removing the Fifth Avenue Dam". Retrieved 30 January 2017.  ^ "5th Ave Dam Project". Retrieved 30 January 2017.  ^ EPA, OW, US. "Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution" (PDF). Retrieved 30 January 2017.  ^ http://epa.ohio.gov/portals/35/nps/319DOCS/OlentangyRiverSuccess2010.pdf ^ "Jackson's Last Call". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 

External links[edit]

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Delaware Dam level and outflow graph Olentangy River
Olentangy River
Level Gauge at Worthington, OH

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Protected areas of Ohio


National parks

Cuyahoga Valley

National historical parks and sites

Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP First Ladies NHS Hopewell Culture NHP James A. Garfield NHS William Howard Taft NHS

National Monuments

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers

National memorials

David Berger Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

National trails

North Country Trail

National forests


National wildlife refuges

Cedar Point Ottawa West Sister Island

National estuarine research reserve

Old Woman Creek

National Natural Landmarks

Brown's Lake Bog Cedar Bog Dysart Woods Fort Hill State Memorial Glen Helen Nature Preserve Mantua Swamp Tinkers Creek Gorge


State parks

Adams Lake Alum Creek A. W. Marion Barkcamp Beaver Creek Blue Rock Buck Creek Buckeye Lake Burr Oak Caesar Creek Catawba Island Cleveland Lakefront Cowan Lake Deer Creek Delaware Dillon East Fork East Harbor Findley Forked Run Geneva Grand Lake St. Marys Great Seal Guilford Lake Harrison Lake Headlands Beach Hocking Hills Hueston Woods Independence Dam Indian Lake Jackson Lake Jefferson Lake John Bryan Kelleys Island Kiser Lake Lake Alma Lake Hope Lake Logan Lake Loramie Lake Milton Lake White Little Miami Madison Lake Malabar Farm Marblehead Lighthouse Mary Jane Thurston Middle Bass Island Maumee Bay Mohican Mosquito Lake Mt. Gilead Muskingum River Nelson Kennedy Ledges Paint Creek Pike Lake Portage Lakes Punderson Pymatuning Quail Hollow Rocky Fork Salt Fork Scioto Trail Shawnee South Bass Island Stonelick Strouds Run Sycamore Tar Hollow Tinkers Creek Van Buren West Branch Wingfoot Lake Wolf Run

State forests

Beaver Creek Blue Rock Brush Creek Dean Fernwood Gifford Harrison Hocking Maumee Mohican-Memorial Perry Pike Richland Furnace Scioto Trail Shade River Shawnee Sunfish Creek Tar Hollow Yellow Creek Zaleski

State nature preserves

Acadia Cliffs Adams Lake Prairie Audubon Islands Augusta-Anne Olsen Aurora Sanctuary Baker Woods Evans Beck Memorial Betsch Fen Bigelow Cemetery Blackhand Gorge Bonnet Pond Boord Brown's Lake Bog Burton Wetlands Caesar Creek Gorge Lou Campbell Carmean Woods Cedar Bog Chaparral Prairie Christmas Rocks Clear Creek Clear Fork Gorge Clifton Gorge Howard Collier Compass Plant Prairie Conkle's Hollow Copperrider-Kent Bog Crabill Fen Cranberry Bog Crane Hollow Crooked Run Culberson Woods Davey Woods Davis Memorial Marie J. Desonier Drew Woods Dupont Marsh Eagle Creek Emerald Hills Erie Sand Barrens Etawah Woods Flatiron Lake Bog Fowler Woods Frame Lake Fen Gahanna Woods Gallagher/Springfield Fen Goll Woods Goode Prairie Gott Fen Greenbelt Greenville Falls Gross Memorial Woods Hatch-Otis Halls Creek Headlands Dunes Hueston Woods Hutchins (Highland) Irwin Prairie Jackson Bog Johnson Ridge Johnson Woods Karlo Fen Kendrick Woods Kessler Swamp Kiser Lake Wetlands Kitty Todd Knox Woods Kyle Woods Ladd Natural Bridge Lake Katharine Lakeside Daisy Lawrence Woods Little Rocky Hollow Mantua Bog Marsh Wetlands McCracken Fen Mentor Marsh Milford Center Railroad Prairie Miller Morris Woods Mud Lake Bog Myersville Newberry North Pond North Shore Alvar Novak Sanctuary Old Woman Creek Owens/Liberty Fen Pallister Pickerington Ponds Portage Lakes Wetland Prairie Road Fen William C. McCoy Raven Rock Rhododendeon Cove Rockbridge Rome Rothenbuhler Woods Saltpetre Cave Sears Woods Seymour Woods Shallenberger Sharon Woods Gorge Sheepskin Hollow Sheick Hollow Sheldon Marsh Shoemaker Siegenthaler-Kaestner Esker Smith Cemetery Spring Beauty Dell Spring Brook Sanctuary Springville Marsh Stage's Pond Strait Creek Prairie Stratford Woods Swamp Cottonwood Edward Thomas Tinker's Creek Travertine Fen Triangle Lake Bog Trillium Trails Walter Tucker Tummonds Warder-Perkins Whipple White Pine Bog Forest Zimmerman Prairie

State scenic rivers

Big Darby Creek Chagrin River Conneaut Creek Cuyahoga River Grand River Greenville Creek Kokosing River Little Beaver Creek Little Darby Creek Little Miami River Maumee River Mohican River Olentangy River Sandusky River Stillwater River


Metro Parks

Ashtabula County Metroparks Cleveland Metroparks Columbus Metro Parks Erie MetroParks Five Rivers MetroParks Geauga Park District Hamilton County Park District Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks Lake Metroparks Lorain County Metro Parks Metroparks of Butler County Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Metroparks of the Toledo Area Mill Creek MetroParks Trumbull County MetroParks

Department of Natural Resources (web)

Coordinates: 39°57′57″N 83°01′00″W / 39.9659°N 83.0166°W / 39.96