Alum Creek

A  racer finishes the course

Alum  Campground  June 7 and 8th  2014.    At this time (April 21st) we don’t know if it can be an official park approved regatta,  if not it will at least be a fun weekend of sailing on Alum.    See below where to reserve a camp spot.

Warm winds, warm waters  and sun blessed windsurfers for the May 2013 race.   Alum Creek on Facebook.

Report 2013:

The first campground based regatta was successful and plans are to do it again in 2014!  Congrats once again to Paul Sandstrom (#158) and his spouse Chris, daughter McKenna and fatherinlaw Captain Jack who hosted the event.  They even cooked up a camp lunch and supper on Saturday evening.   This was a one afternoon event where we race until near 5:30pm  in the afternoon.    Below windsurfers gather in the camp area to rig up.  The race was international this year with Allen coming all the way from England (well he was visiting his girl friend in Columbus) but we loaned him a board.

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Scoring for 2013:

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It is best to reserved a spot on-line for  Friday, Saturday and add Sunday if you want to hang around.   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 bulk of people launch from,  it’s just a short 10 minute walk from there back to the camp sites.  Another option is to launch at the state ran Cheshire Rd launch on the east side of the lake and sail over from there(about a mile).

Alum Creek park map      Alum Creek camp map

Alum Creek Regatta

See MOWIND Calendar for event date and contact information.    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.

Date:  Usually held the weekend before the Memorial Day weekend.  That way there is some space between the event and all the Hatteras trips going on in late April and early May.   Also by that time of year we usually have warm waters and air temperatures.

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