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Lowell to Marietta Lock-Thru Paddle

  • Marietta, OH 45750 (map)

Paddle from Lowell to Marietta and experience going through a historic hand operated lock.

This will be a 12 to 14 miles trip on the Muskingum River for hardy paddlers. The Muskingum River is a slow moving river so expect to paddle the long distance in warm temperatures.

- Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lowell put-in on Buell Island by the Lock (N on SR60 to Lowell, left on bridge, then next right onto Buell Island).

- Parking is limited so it is recommended to ride in groups to the put-in if possible.

- First take-out is available on the Indian Acres Boat Ramp (12 miles). The next take-out is available at the Williamstown boat ramp (14 miles).

- This paddle is unsupported.

- No transportation is provided.

- Volunteers will be out paddling on the river but this paddle is at your own pace.

- You may paddle in groups or on your own.

There will be a break option before traversing the Devola lock. The Hades Ladies, Mid-Ohio Valley's own roller derby team, will be selling warm pepperoni rolls, cold water, and frosty popsicles to revitalize paddlers. When going through the Devola lock paddlers will need to go through in groups.

This is a great chance to see the historic Muskingum Lock and Dam System, the only remaining hand-operated lock system in the country! The Muskingum River Parkway and its 160-year-old navigation system were designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Shuttle service & kayak rentals available from Marietta Adventure Company. If you plan to use the shuttle service please reserve ahead of time.

Earlier Event: August 10
Broughton's Nature & Wildlife Area Hike
Later Event: August 10
Historic Muskingum River Run