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Big Darby Creek State and National Scenic River

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by Erie, Jan 10, 2003.

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    Eighty-two miles of the Big Darby
    Creek and its major tributary, Little
    Darby Creek, were designated as state
    scenic rivers in 1984.

    The Darby Creek System constitutes
    some of the most important natural
    resources in central Ohio.

    Flowing through rich agricultural
    bottomland of Union, Madison,
    Franklin and Pickaway counties, the
    creek's valley is characterized by
    gently rolling topography in the upper
    reaches to relatively steep,
    heavily-wooded topography in lower
    portions. Both streams were included
    in the national scenic rivers program
    in 1994.

    Big and Little Darby Creeks are noted
    nationally for their tremendous
    diversity and abundance of both
    aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.

    They are home to 86 species of fish, five of which are endangered in Ohio including the federally
    endangered Scioto Madtom, which is endemic to the area.

    Forty-one species of freshwater mollusks live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio
    endangered list. The Darby Creek watershed covers an area of 556.6 square miles.

    The creeks banks are flanked with native vegetation varying considerably in width; from only a narrow
    line of trees to deep and extensive forests. Floodplain trees such as buckeye, sycamore, silver maple
    and box elder tolerate periods of inundation. Species more adapted to drier soils such as oak and sugar
    maple line the valley walls.

    Remnant prairie species such as purple coneflower, the threatened prairie false indigo and Indian
    paintbrush inhabit the slopes and bluffs along the streams. Numerous species of birds and mammals
    depend upon this linear strip of undisturbed habitat for their existence.

    Page last updated 11/26/02
  2. Good story Ray! I enjoyed the read!

  3. I use to only fish the Big Darby south of Route 40. Some very beautiful sections there. Last year I started working in Plain City and found a friend that I had lost contact with about seven years ago living out there. We fished it alot this summer N/NW of Plain City and that section is even more beautiful. It is one watershed worth protecting.
  4. Scott/fhm ..

    ~ Don't you fish the Darbys .. maybe you have some helpful info?

    I'm info surfin' the Maumee, Lil' Miami & Darbys ... the threads are located on different MBs, but I put the Darbys on here because I felt you would have something to offer the other members:)

    later Ray
  5. NOPE, sorry

    Dont know much about them!
  6. Darby's

    Darby's, gotta love them. "Last Great Places" is right. They are a healthy fertile waterway, but a delicate one too. As much as I enjoy spending time on them, I hesitate to comment on them in such a public manner. I often wonder if the exposure these streams get is a positive or negative thing. On one hand, I think that the more people who get to spend a day on the Darby will ultimately respect it more and thus treat it accordingly. However, I cringe when I think of people who are searching on the net for a place to haul in an illegal limit of fish. Unfortunately, the restrictions on taking fish is only as good as the ability to enforce it. These streams are not large enough to consistently tolerate abuse,whether it's from overharvesting or urban sprawling.
    Thankfully, access is semi-limited and most of the abuse that I've seen is confined to these areas. I have, however, seen more trash in some of the remote areas in the last few years.
    Thanks to those above who posted links to some of the organizations who are committed to preserving such a great resource.
  7. i don't get to float darby as much as i use to.the last time we made the trip it was a long one.started at the oci and took out in circleville.that float was a little too long but we caught alot of fish.the smallmouth fishing has always been good on darby but what suprised me was the amount of sauger(or saugeye?) that we caught.we didn't keep the 1st fish even though those sauger would have been pretty good fried up while we were camped on a gravel bar.
    another thing that really surprised me were the numbers of cabins that along the trip that are no longer used and in real sad's really ashame that they are in such bad shape.a friend of my fathers used to have a cabin on darby and we use to have alot of fun up there squirrel hunting and catfishing when i was much younger.
  8. LMAO Erie

    I grew up fishing both Darbys...not many spots in the 15 mile stretch that i fish that i dont know.
    But i aint giving out info. on the net!

    Heck half them links take you to basic areas to hit the creeks..i prefer the out of the way..paths less worn areas where the big smallies lurk!:cool:
  9. don't even know where the Darby is do you:confused: ;)

    Gotta love those under the bridge holes on the darb!
  10. Yeah, we walked up stream. He caught one smallie........I didn't catch anything. Caught a bunch of bait though.
  11. Ohio State Scenic Rivers System

  12. I just read in the Cols. Dispatch today that the Metro Parks just purchased somewhere around 1100 acres of the Galbreath Farm to be included in the Darby Creek Metro parks System. Two thumbs up to the Galbreath family for agreeing to the sale.I believe that this will make The Darby Metro park the largest in the state.
  13. sad for some Andy

    The land your talking about was originally owned by John Galbreath and his farm thats named after his son "Darby Dan Farms" . He sold 350 acres to the aire to the Mars corp. who built a nice two story cabin, covered picnic area and a walk bridge that crosses the creek to his land on the other side.The dates on the bridge and picnic area are early '70's.
    I have had permission to fish all of this land through my grandfather that knew the gentleman that owned the land..and he knew the old grounds keeper who lived right up the street.
    I have fished that area since i was 16 and could drive..had some outstanding wading trips with all kinds of fishing buddys over the years..and just last year i took both my boys to this same area and got them into smallmouth wadin.
    Sad thing is know how the park is where Big & Little meet..its a DEAD zone..been fished out for years because of the public access...we used to camp there when old farmer Wilson still owned it..after he sold it to the park..with in one year that place was almost devoid of good fish...same will hapen on the little D. where this NEW park will be..sad thing because little D cant take any kind of "meat hunting"..and this creek isnt protected like sections of Big D. are!!!!!

    I will be trying to hit this area hard in the spring with my boys before the public gets wind of it(not many knew til NOW)..BUT oh well when word gets will go down the tubes like the other park areas have..and still are!

    Also they park bought the Mars corp. land, a farm right above it that is about as a few hundred acres from Galbreath himself!!

    Sad to see a beautiful creek like Little D. go down like this:mad:
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