Whether you are looking for a relaxing trip, an adventure, or something in-between Cave Country Canoes has you covered with wildlife, rapids, and the abundant scenic beauty of Blue River. Our trips are perfect for both young and old, veterans and beginners.
Perfect for enjoying nature, fishing or canoeing through the Class I rapids. Blue river is also a superior small mouth bass fishery.
Cave Country Canoes introduces you to a few tips and tricks that will be helpful in making your first canoe or kayak trip even more enjoyable.
Take a moment and review the next few pages and then get ready to float your boat on the beautiful Blue River, Indiana’s first designated scenic river.
We look forward to seeing you on the beautiful Blue River soon.
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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).
We open at 8:00 am.
Buses depart every 45 minutes for the half day trip, with the last trip departing at 3:00 pm. You must return before dark.
We accept cash and all major credit cards.
Children must be at least 3 years old and weigh no less than 30 pounds. Our smallest life jackets are for 30-50 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.
Bring your four legged friend, but keep them on a leash. Once you get into the canoe, you can take your pet off the leash and enjoy your trip. Never tie a pet or person to your canoe or kayak.
Most people prefer water levels that are not 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 only in April, September, and October. For additional hours and river conditions , call 812-633-4806, ext. 2
Most of the rapids are Class I, the easiest to maneuver. This makes Blue River an excellent stream for family canoeing.
Here are the average drops by trip. A larger drop means you will find faster current.
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.
We don’t hold keys but you may rent a locker at Cave Country Canoes. The cost is $5.00. If possible, avoid taking key fobs. If you must, key fobs should be stored in water tight containers or floating key chains and attached to your self or boat.
We operate rain or shine
Cave Country Canoes will operate rain or shine. We do not offer refunds for inclement weather. We do understand guests may not want to paddle in the rain. In the case of prepaid reservations and group deposits, when forecasts predict a 70% chance of rain or greater, Cave Country Canoes will allow guests to transfer their trip to another date. We do not offer refunds for inclement weather.
Pull over to the bank
Cave Country Canoes will operate rain or shine. However, if you are on the river and there is lightening we ask that you pull over off the water and wait for the lightening to pass. Once the lightening has pass you may continued your trip.
There are two seats in a canoe, so 2 paddlers are ideal for a canoe. If water levels permit, a child under 12 may ride in the middle of the canoe on a cushion, sometimes 2 small children. The weight limit is 500 lbs in ideal water conditions.
Kayaks are a great option for groups with an uneven number of people.
Yes, we will. There is a non-refundable $22 per craft charge. However, you must choose a trip that we are currently running.
You are only allowed to stop on sandbars or islands. The majority of the land along Blue River is privately owned.
We provide the following:
We are a large outfitter with over 500 canoes and kayaks.
Kayaks have become an increasingly popular way to experience Blue River. We offer both “sit in” and “sit-on-top” one person kayaks.
The cost to rent a kayak is slightly higher. Due to increasing popularity, kayaks can now be reserved by phone.
We have Jackson Riviera’s, Oldtown Vapors and twisters. Kayaks are the best option for lower water times.
We offer primitive/non electric sites with a river view. There are modern showers and restrooms facilities. Call 812-633-4806, ext. 2 for more details or to make a reservations.
It's not recommended.
Tubes and boards are not recommended on Blue River. We won’t prohibit them, but we want you to enjoy you trip.
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