You have questions. We have answers.
We're here to answer all your questions and ensure you have a wonderful trip.
- What trips are available today and what are river conditions?
- What should I wear, bring with me, or leave at home?
- Do I need any special skills to kayak on Blue River?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- Can we fill out release waivers in advance?
- Can we bring our preschoolers or infants?
- Can we bring pets?
- When's the best time of year to come?
- What class of rapids are found on Blue River?
- Can we leave our keys in the office?
- What's the fishing like?
- How many people can ride in a canoe?
- What types of kayaks are available?
- Will you haul my personal canoe or kayak?
- Where can we stop and get out?
- What else is there to do while we're in the area?
- What time should we arrive?
- What does your pricing include?
- How many and what kind of canoes do you rent?
- Any tips on basic safety?
- Is local camping available?
- How do I get in the boat?
What trips are available today and what are river conditions?
Please view our River Conditions page for current weather, river conditions, and trip availability.
River information, including which trips are open, is also available 24/7 from any touch tone phone by calling 812-365-2705, ext. 2 then #1.
We open at 8:00 am and the last trip out is 3:00 pm for the 1/2 day. Please be here by 2:30 pm to catch the last bus out. The bus runs about every 45 minutes on weekdays.
On weekends the bus runs about every 1/2 hour.
Full day, if available, be at the canoe rental by 10:30 am on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends.
What should I wear, bring with me, or leave at home?
Please see our Trip Planning page for a list of exactly what to bring, what not to bring, and how to best prepare for your canoe trip.
Do I need any special skills to kayak on Blue River?
No. No special skills are needed.
Check out our Kayak page to learn more about Kayaks.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)
Can we fill out release waivers in advance?
Please do. It will save you quite a bit of time if you are part of a group.
Can we bring our preschoolers or infants?
Children must be at least 3 years old and weigh no less than 30 pounds. If you have a child that is three years old or older and does NOT weigh 30 pounds, then you must furnish a US Coast Guard approved life jacket; our smallest life jackets are for 30-50 pounds.
Can we bring pets?
Certainly, please bring your four legged friends.
We do ask that you leave them outside and keep them on a leash until you get into the canoe. After that, take your pet off the leash and enjoy the trip.
When's the best time of year to come?
Most people prefer water levels that aren’t high and swift, making June and July the best time for most trips. Saturdays are our busiest days, followed by Sundays. Weekdays are usually slower.
We are open daily May through August and weekends in April, September, and October. Call for additional hours and conditions, 812-365-2705 press 0.
What class of rapids are found on Blue River?
Most of the rapids are Class I, the easiest to maneuver. This makes Blue River an excellent stream for family canoeing. In the spring, when water levels tend to be the best, there are several Class II rapids on our full-day 14 mile trip on the lower river section.
A larger drop means you will find faster current.
- 7 mile trip – 2.2 feet per mile
- 12 mile trip – 2.9 feet per mile
- 14 mile trip – 4.2 feet per mile
Can we leave our keys in the office?
What's the fishing like?
Blue River is noted for its small mouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Indiana fishing regulations apply. Licenses are required for those 17 and older.
DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Info
How many people can ride in a canoe?
Our canoes have two seats so two paddlers are ideal. However, a third canoer is allowed if water levels are high enough. Children 12 and under may go free as the third person in a canoe. Individuals 13 or older always pay regular rates.
Kayaks are a great option for groups with an uneven number of people.
What types of kayaks are available?
We offer both “sit in” and “sit-on-top” one person kayaks. Kayaks have become an increasingly popular way to experience Blue River. The cost to rent a kayak is slightly higher. Due to increasing popularity, kayaks can now be reserved.
We have 4 types of kayaks: Jackson, Vapor, Crickets, and Riviera.
For more information see our Kayak page.
Will you haul my personal canoe or kayak?
Yes, we will. However, you must choose a trip that we are currently running. There is a $18 per craft charge that is non-refundable.
Where can we stop and get out?
You are only allowed to stop on sandbars or islands. The majority of the land along Blue River is privately owned.
What else is there to do while we're in the area?
Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Landmark, is only five minutes away. Your family can enjoy two outstanding cave tours, pan for gems at their gemstone mine, shop for unique gifts, or squeeze through The Crawl.
Check out our Nearby page for some other ideas.
What time should we arrive?
Times may vary due to rising and falling water levels. Always call ahead for the best departure time. We operate on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
What does your pricing include?
We provide life vests, paddles, a litter bag, a map, an opportunity to view an instructional video, and transportation from the operating base to the “put-in” and/or “take-out” location.
How many and what kind of canoes do you rent?
We are a large outfitter with over 400 canoes and kayaks. Most of our canoes are Old Town Discovery 158’s (15’8" long), we also have Winona, Nova Craft and Paluski. We also offer 17" aluminum canoes.
Any tips on basic safety?
Please watch these embedded safety videos for some great safety tips and river sense.
Is local camping available?
Yes. Marengo Cave is the closest campground to Cave Country Canoes for individuals or year round camping. Marengo sites are perfect for tent camping or small campers. O’Bannon Woods State Park offer public camping facilitie as does Patoka Lake.
Cave Country Canoes Camping
Cave Country Canoes’ campground is available to organized groups of twelve or more, individuals doing two day canoe trips and also individuals wanting to do tent camping.
How do I get in the boat?
Easily, we’ll show you how.