Frequently Asked Questions


Although registrations can done online, walk-ins are welcome! It is recommended that you register in advance to make sure we have a kayak available for you.

Our cancellation policy allows customers to cancel a reservation for a full refund up until 24 hours before their scheduled reservation. If it rains at the kayaking location, we refund you 100%, reschedule you for another time, or consider your fee as a donation to support Adaptive Sports Connection – the choice is yours. If in doubt about cancellations due to rain, check our Facebook page or your email (if you have pre-registered). If it starts to rain during a session and results in the session being shortened, we will refund you 100% or reschedule you for another time, your choice. What if there are light sprinkles during a session? The session will continue as normal. We suggest bringing appropriate clothing.

We have a wide variety of recreational kayaks, both sit in and a limited number of sit-on-top. We also have a limited number of tandem kayaks. Paddles and life jackets are provided. We have many sizes of paddles and life jackets available to fit almost anybody.

The weight limit varies between different kayaks, but can go up to 350 lbs in a single kayak. Staff will help select a kayak that is appropriate for your weight.

Yes! All customers must wear a properly fitted life jacket at all times while near or on the water. Failure to do so will result in staff escorting you off the water and ending your paddling session. Life jackets are provided for all customers.

No. Swimming is NOT permitted in Columbus reservoirs per Columbus City Code. For more information on recreational activities that are allowed, please visit RECREATION AND PARKS DEPARTMENT website.

Sessions are 2 hours. The amount of time you are on the water depends on the time you arrive and the time you depart. All kayaks must be off the water by the session ending time otherwise a late fee of $10 per kayak may apply. The earlier you arrive, the longer you can paddle. Safety and equipment instructions are required before you launch. Also, kayaking instructions are available prior to your launch.

The last boat launch will be 1 hour prior to the end of a session time.

You will need to register and pay for your child if they intend to take up their own seat in a kayak or paddle. Contact us if you have questions/concerns about your child paddling.

Please wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants, nylon shorts, a swimsuit, light layered clothing on top, and water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. A hat and sunglasses are strongly recommended for sun protection. Sun exposure in a boat on the water can be extreme with the added sunlight reflecting off the water. Note, paddlers cannot remove their life jackets to change clothes once on the water. They would have to come ashore and be away from the water before removing their life jacket to add or remove layers of clothes.

Sunglasses, sunscreen, or other sun protection, a hat, shoes and comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting wet, a full water bottle, and a waterproof container for anything you take out in the kayak that could be damaged if it gets wet or goes overboard. A container approximately one foot square will be provided on land for anything you do not want to take in the kayak with you. Leave any valuables at home or in your locked car. We are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Yes, you may bring your own kayak for a $20 launch and facility fee for our open paddle sessions. However, there is no bring your own kayak discount for our special kayak excursions/events.

We are located at 6000 Harriott Dr, Powell OH 43065 just north of Shawnee Hills on the west side of the Scioto River. Signs will direct you to park in the grassy lot next to the blacktop. After you have parked, follow the signs to check in. Note, some mapping apps have difficulty with Harriott Drive versus Harriott Road. Harriott Drive extends east from Dublin Road/Rte. 745 towards the river (the direction of our facility), whereas Harriott Road extends west from Dublin Road/Rte. 745, away from our facility and the river.

All customers must sign a waiver. Minors (under age 18) must have their parent/guardian sign for them. Waivers are available online here or at check in. To speed up check-in, and getting out onto the water faster, we encourage you to sign a waiver for each person before you to check-in.

All customers will receive a brief dry land training session covering parts of a boat, how to safely enter and exit the boat, basic paddle strokes, and an overview of the paddling area. Look for our safety monitors who will be wearing reflective vests while on the water if you have questions or need help.

We are located in an inlet off the Scioto River O’Shaughnessy Reservoir a little more than one mile north of the O’Shaughnessy Dam. Our location provides ideal access to abundant wildlife areas of Twin Lakes, Eversole Run, and a cove just off the main body of the reservoir. In the river, the reservoir is a No-Wake (powerboats are required to be at slow speeds) from the buoys in the river south to the dam. Our paddling area stays within the No-Wake areas and includes the river down to near the Columbus Zoo as well as the previously mentioned Twin Lakes, Eversole Run, and cove areas. There is abundant wildlife in these areas. We provide each person/group with a waterproof sheet that has a map of the paddling area as well as things to see. Staff members can also point out things to look for.


6000 Harriott Drive
Powell, OH 43065


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