Alum Creek

A  racer finishes the course

Notice of  Fun:

Alum Creek Windsurfing Freegatta 2017

Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017, Skippers Meeting ~10-11ish AM

Location: Alum Creek Marina, 4000 Hollenback Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035
(Note: IKEA-apocolypse grand opening is early June and Lewis Center Rd at Bale Canyon is closed)

Format: Round the buoys longboard, shortboard, funboard, formula, whatever.

Cost: This is a casual freegatta.  ( In other words it is what we call a non-event,  just
windsurfers getting together to  have some fun on the water :-)

History: This may be the longest continuously running windsurfing regatta in N. America and possibly the world.

Hope to see you there!
Joel S.

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If staying at the park campground it is best to reserved a spot on-line .   If you can double up with a friend(two car passes allowed per site) it won’t cost you much more than $25 for two nights.     We strongly suggest you reserved a few weeks or more in advance as the campground can  be full up in the warm season.    The fishing is super there so bring a rod and reel.      Because of budget cuts the camp welcome registration office has limited hours .. if you arrive early morning or late evening and  if you registered online .. then you just fill out a self-registration card at the entrance gate … specify your reserved camp site # and note you already paid online ..  then you come back later when the office is open to get your car passes.    If you have a friend coming later best to keep in contact with him and meet him with the second car pass up at the gate.

Make reservations at  http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/alum/tabid/711/Default.aspx    (select Premium Sites on the registration form) to see the K15 – K23 sites ..

 A camp map is provided below and the spots to get are  any at the end of the K area circle lots ( K15, K17, K19, K21, K22. K23) there is a great old beach with grass there about a 100 yard walk from the circle.   K13 is good also with access to the other cove.   There is a small playground and swings close by if you have little ones.    Also on next row over the lots  L-16, L-17, L-18 have water access with L-17 being the better.  Just across the little cove from the L sites  is the campground boat launch and parking where the people launch from also,  it’s just a short 10 minute walk from there back to the camp sites.

Alum Creek park map      Alum Creek camp map

Alum Creek Regatta

The last few years  this has been a  free-gatta,  that is no entry fee charge and usually a one Saturday afternoon event.      Be there rigged and ready to go by 11:30ish.    Usually an informal get together right afterwards for supper somewhere close by or at the host campsite is held early Sat evening.

Location: Alum Creek State Park Marina which is just north of Columbus Ohio off US 23,   There is camping at the state park or private facility close by.

Host organizer: Joel S.
Resources:

History: If not the oldest and longest running event in the country it is darn close to it.   A great place for beginners to race at. Being one of the

Alum Creek racers heading in for lunch break after the mornings races.

most southern race locations for the mid-west this is a great spot for mid-May windsurfing. The temperatures in mid-Ohio are often 20 degrees warmer that time of year than what you’ll find in lower Michigan and the water is considerably warmer also and  people sailing in shorts.   Alum Creek isn’t a tiny reservoir .. it’s big being over a mile wide at points and several miles end to end.

 

Alum Creek lake looking south from Chesire Road bridge.