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History

The Blue River has long provided transportation. First to native
Americans then for pioneers and early settlers, who also set up grist
mills on the river including the one at Milltown where Cave Country
Canoes is now located. Private paddlers began using the river for
recreation after 1960. The first canoes were rented in 1969. The Blue
River Marina, one of the predecessor businesses to Cave Country Canoes,
started at this time as an outgrowth of a fishing boat rental and bait
shop. In 1984, Murphy’s Canoe Rental, a competitor of Blue River Marina
was purchased by the owners of Marengo Cave and renamed Cave Country
Canoes. In 1985, the owner of Blue River Marina retired and sold it to
Cave Country Canoes. The facilities have been operated jointly for over
25 years.

Rental Fleet

Over 450 canoes and one person kayaks. A fleet of vans and buses
provides transportation.

Customer Base

Cave Country Canoes outfits 30,000 guests per season depending on the
weather and water levels.

Trips Offered

Cave Country Canoes offers trips from 7 miles to 26 miles in length. The
livery uses different sections of the river depending on water levels to
provide both half and full day trips throughout the April-October
operating season.

Other Facilities

The livery offers a 4-acre camping area along the river for use by
organized groups and guests taking multi-day trips.

Operating Season

Cave Country Canoes operates from April 1 to October 31, weather and
water levels permitting. Because of river and weather conditions, guests
should always call a day ahead of time for an update on conditions.
April, September and October are weekend only.

Blue River

The Blue River is Indiana’s first designated state scenic river. The
river is considered Indiana’s cleanest and highest quality stream. It is
a superior small mouth bass fishery and home to several endangered
species including the Hellbender, one of the world’s largest
salamanders. The river is noted for its great natural beauty, abundant
wildlife, and its great family canoeing through numerous Class I
riffles. The river is controlled by the Blue River Commission, which
limits access and development along the river corridor. The river is the
most spring fed of all Indiana streams as it drains one of Indiana’s
largest cave areas, although it flows less than 100 miles from its
headwaters northeast of Salem to its confluence with the Ohio River near
Leavenworth.

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