The City of Dublin is water rich with over 40 ponds, several streams and the Scioto River. The Scioto River has over 115 known species of fish and flows 230 miles through the state. According to A Guide to Ohio Streams, there’s more than 10,000 years of archeological evidence showing the importance of this river to Native Americans. Today, the Scioto River still plays an important role. Dublin residents and visitors use the river for bird watching, canoeing or kayaking, fishing and general relaxation. The Scioto River also contributes to drinking water for central Ohio.
Rock Bass, Sauger and Smallmouth Bass are commonly caught in the Scioto River. The Scioto River can be accessed from any of the seven parks located along the river banks in Dublin. For information on these parks visit: https://dublinohiousa.gov/parks-open-space/dublin-parks/ or call the Parks and Open Space office.
City ponds are stocked with Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Amur Carp and Channel Catfish. A few ponds contain additional fish such as Perch and Hybrid-Striped Bass. Fishing licenses are not required to fish in City ponds. A favorite fishing pond is the wetland at M.L. Red Trabue Nature Reserve. This 7 acre man-made wetland provides a tranquil fishing experience and is accessible for those physically impaired.
The most notorious stream in Dublin is the Indian Run. Flowing from west to east, this stream passes through several parks, including Coffman and M.L. Red Trabue Nature Reserve. At its end, this stream tumbles over the waterfall located at Indian Run Falls Park before joining the Scioto River. This park is a must-see in Dublin. With its limestone walls and peaceful setting, visitors are bound to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.