Paddling trips from Point Park, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers.
1. To Blennerhassett Island State Park - 4 mile round trip on the Ohio River
Launch from Point Park. Cross the mouth of the Little Kanawha River and hug the West Virginia shore until you are across from the Neale House and then head for the Island shore. If the current is swift, start your crossing early. The trip from Point Park to the Island is approximately 2 miles.
Land at the ramp at the youth camping area beside the Neale House. Go enjoy the Island! Walk the paths, take a mansion tour, enjoy a ride in a horse drawn wagon. The mansion is about 3/4 of a mile from the landing. We suggest following the same route for your return to Point Park.
2. Around Blennerhassett Island State Park - 11 mile round trip on the Ohio River
Launch from Point Park. Cross the mouth of the Little Kanawha River and hug the West Virginia shore until you are across from the Island and then head for the Island shore. The tips of the Island often have cross currents that may make paddlers uncomfortable if not skilled in navigating them. The area is best avoided if you do not have the skills.
Paddle around the Island hugging the shore as much as possible. There are some amazing sights and wildlife. Pack a lunch and lange on the beach and relax. Enjoy the water! Visit the park attractions. Paddle back hugging the WV shore.
3. To and around Neal Island - 7 mile round trip on the Ohio River
Launch from Point Park and head upstream. You will paddle under 3 bridges, pass a sunken barge and then tip of the island. The tips of the island have some cross currents that may make paddlers uncomfortable if not skilled in navigating them. The area is best avoided if you do not have the skills.
If navigating around the island to view the Eagle and Osprey nests on the Ohio side of the Island, use caution as this is the commerical barge channel.
4. To Worthington Creek - 4 mile round trip on the Little Kanawha River. Paddle Worthington Creek for another 3 miles for a total of 7 miles round trip.
Launch from Point Park and head up the Little Kanawha River. Paddle about 2 miles and you will see Worthington Creek flowing into the river at Corning Park. Follow Worthington Creek as far as you can. Access varys, depending on water level. Caution - if current is swift, it may be difficult paddling upstream.
- Bald Eagle nest located near the tip of Neal Island, on the Ohio side. Eagles are frequently sited
- Osprey nest located on platform on the Ohio side of Neal Island near the end of the island. It can be seen on the WV side as well
- Otters live by the docks at the Ohio Valley Rowing Club
- The Parkersburg Ohio River hike/bike Trail and The Little Kanawha Connector bike trail start at Point Park
- Peregrine Falcon can often be seen on the railroad bridge
- Turtles, muskrat, heron - a variety of wildlife is often seen on Worthington Creek