Indiana’s paddling opportunities mainly follow the state’s many slow moving rivers, but Indiana also boasts lakes including a section of Lake Michigan that traverses a shoreline of high sand dunes. The rivers flow through wide, flat valleys and can be relativity clear during periods of light to no rainfall. The normal paddling season in Indiana is April, May and June. After June, low-water levels may be present. Not all the waterways in Indiana are consider public, so before canoeing a river make sure that it’s legal to do so. The river must be declared either public, navigable or that the river has a prescriptive easement. The best way to find out is by contacting a conservation officer or an Indian canoe livery or outfitter.
Guidebooks for Paddling in Indiana
Indiana Canoe Outfitters
Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures
7040 Whitewater River Lane
Description: 120 acre facility that overlooks and serves as a canoe outfitter for the Whitewater River.
Area Served: Whitewater River
Area Description: The Whitewater River is a Class 1 river and is the fastest flowing river in IN. It’s a great adventure for canoeists of all skill levels.
Rusted Moon Outfitters
6410 Cornell Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220 [map] (317) 253-HIKE (4453)
Description: Offers canoe and kayak rentals in Indianapolis. Renters must have paddling experience.
Area Served: Indianapolis area
Area Description: No specific area of Indiana served. This Indiana canoe outfitter rents from their store and you transport the canoe to your destination.
Smokey’s Wawasee Landing
802 S Lakeside Driver
Syracuse, IN 46567
Description: Offers canoe and kayak rentals by the hour.
Area Served: Elkhart River North and South, Turkey Creek, Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake
Area Description: Slow moving rivers and scenic lakes.