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Exploring Indiana’s blueways is green fun

While sitting in an auto repair shop’s waiting area last week, I picked up a copy of Indiana Living Green and started to page through it. There was an article on kayaking as a great form of “green” recreation. The next day, Groupon was offering a great deal on kayaking with the White River Canoe Company in Noblesville. I decided that kayaking would make a great subject for an Indiana Insider post.

Let me issue this disclaimer: I have never been kayaking. But it does sound like fun. Most kayaks are one-person boats. They are all muscle-powered — no noisy, smelly, scare-the-fish motors — which makes them environmentally friendly.

According to the Indiana Living Green article, most people in Indiana are less than an hour away from a great spot to kayak. The best waters for kayaking in Indiana include:

  • Whitewater River near Brookville
  • Sugar Creek near Crawfordsville
  • Blue River near Milltown
  • Wildcat Creek in Lafayette
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Michigan City
  • White River between Noblesville and Indianapolis

For a map of Indiana rivers and streams, click here. For a list of Indiana outfitters that rent kayaks, click here.

Kayaking is a great way to enjoy Indiana’s blueways, take in the state’s beautiful outdoors and native plants and wildlife, and get a little exercise in the meantime.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.