The sprawling development of Central Ohio has touched the banks of Big Darby Creek, yet the river continues to flow through the healthiest warm-water ecosystem in the Midwest. Its quality supports rare mussel and darter populations, and its beauty explodes in emerald greenery, fragrant wildflowers and eddies shaded by towering sycamores.

The sprawling development of Central Ohio has touched the banks of Big Darby Creek, yet the river continues to flow through the healthiest warm-water ecosystem in the Midwest. Its quality supports rare mussel and darter populations, and its beauty explodes in emerald greenery, fragrant wildflowers and eddies shaded by towering sycamores.

If a lack of equipment has kept you from heading downriver, join Catch the Current, a pair of four-hour canoe trips launching at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday from Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Rangers will provide boats, paddles, jackets and return transportation during a day you'll never forget.

Register in advance at metroparks.net, and meet at the canoe access parking lot.

John Ross photo