Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River
Griggs Reservoir Boathouse
"I think the boathouse underscores the department's support of women's rowing and the level of importance the program has within the athletic department," Andy Teitelbaum, head coach, said. "I think this boathouse will help the athletes feel that support on a daily basis."
"I'm sure the boathouse is going to become a Columbus landmark because it's going to be such a beautiful building and such a public venue," Teitelbaum said. "Other people's awareness of Ohio State rowing is going to go up. That's a double-edge sword. It's great to have people acknowledge the excellence the program has achieved in the past, but people are also going to be more aware of whether or not we're living up to that standard. And it has already started. We need to live up to our history. In the past, we've been able to say 'well, we're rowing out of a pole barn,' that's all changing."
The river, located just four miles west of campus on Fishinger Road and Riverside Drive (State Route 33), has an area of 5,000 meters in length and 230 meters in width. The facility is used for crew, sailing and water skiing. Major events such as the Governor's Cup Ohio High School Rowing Championships, Jack Speakman Regatta and Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Championships are held on the river.
The river is bigger than the Olentangy and a great place for racing because it is straight and the water flow is controlled. Griggs Reservoir has been ranked as a top spot in the world for rowing and water skiing because of its location in a limestone valley and heavily tree-lined banks. The width from shore to shore is extensive, enabling seven lanes across for competition. The Buckeyes use the river for their long work because it is more suitable when training reaches up to five miles in one direction.
The Scioto originates 50 miles northwest of Columbus near Waynesfield and continues southward to its mouth at the Ohio River.
Griggs is one of two major reservoirs that covers 3,385 surface area acres in parts of Franklin and Delaware counties and is a source of the municipal water supply of Columbus.