One of the best ways to explore nature is to hit the water in a kayak or canoe. Indiana is home to beautiful scenery that can be experienced on the state’s creeks, rivers, lakes and streams. A day on the water can be a great adventure for family and friends, making memories that last forever.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a great map of Indiana’s canoe liveries, which are business that will rent canoes and/or kayaks, most of which offer a return shuttle (back to your starting point) to make your paddling adventure a breeze! All you’ll need in most cases is to show up ready to explore. They will provide everything you need!
Liveries exist throughout the state, from North to South to East to West! One popular waterway for paddlers is Sugar Creek in Western Indiana! The creek runs through Turkey Run and Shades State Parks. There are three liveries located on the creek, including Clements Canoes.
Southern Indiana is known for caves, and nearby you can find Cave Country Canoes. Cave Country allows you to “Canoe the Blue” on Blue River.
If you would prefer to paddle in Northwest Indiana, check out these 12 great water trails on or near the south shore of Lake Michigan. Are you a beginner? You can get your feet wet (literally) at these five great spots for beginners in Northwest Indiana.
In Northeast Indiana, Chain O’ Lakes State Park contains 13 lakes, making it a great place to paddle, and they have a livery! You can also check out a pair of liveries in Fort Wayne, including Fort Wayne Outfitters. Indiana’s second-largest city is home to three rivers, making it a great destination for paddling!
The Falls of the Ohio State Park is home to the only Class 4 rapid system in the State of Indiana when the water is high. This turbulent water is not for beginners; it is for experts only. Paddling tours are provided in calmer waters in late summer or early fall. This gorgeous photo is from @indianadnr! #H2GIndiana #visitindiana #wow #nature #rapids #whitewater #fallsoftheohio #GoSoIN #soinlove #water #sunset #sunrise #reflection #paddling #kayak #kayaking #rafting #ohioriver
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