Paddling Alum Creek Reservoir
Long enough to get a good head of steam, the giant reservoir at Alum Creek State Park is a popular destination for big watercraft, which speed through its wide open southern section, often with laughing skiers and tubers in tow. In the northern end, though, narrower channels provide plenty of places for paddlers to explore without being buzzed.
Alum Creek State Park 3615 S. Old State Rd., Delaware 740-548-4631 Homepage
If water levels are high enough, the best spot to launch is a small parking lot near Hogback Road and State Rte. 521. If mudflats are exposed, head to a launch ramp just south of the Howard Road bridge.
The reservoir north of Howard Road includes prime territory for the giddy, random exploration that reminds people why they own boats. Here's more about an easy afternoon trip south from the headwaters near the State Rte. 521 bridge.