Our full-day trip begins in Milltown, behind our base, and takes you downstream through 14 scenic miles of lower Blue River. This trip is much more remote and will take between 5 and 7 hours. Time varies based upon river conditions (see below) and your personal pace - you may take longer to fish, picnic, swim, or explore gravel bars and islands.
This trip is geared for paddling enthusiasts. You will enjoy all Blue River offers including rapids, islands, sand bars, nature, wildlife, cave views, and springs with the added two bonuses: more rapids and more of a work out. Sightseeing varies based on river conditions and time of year.
Your journey will end at the ruins of Rothrock Mill. The take out is 300 feet on the left past the only bridge you go under. Once you have completed your trip, a bus or van will pick you up based upon the pick-up time you chose.
Conditions and trip duration varies with water level and season. Depending on water levels and season, launch time closes between 11 and 12. Because of the length of the trip, it is important to begin this trip early in the day.
Our last pickup is usually 6:00 pm in the summer season. Guest services will provide the last pick up time to you during registration on the day of your trip.
Paddlers who miss this last take out time may be subject to a $20.00 fee per person.
You can save money and help protect Blue River by visiting on non-peak days.
Enjoy our lowest rates on weekends in April, September, and October. Peak rates apply on Labor Day weekend.
Have 10 or more people? Group pricing is available. Requires advanced reservation.
Canoes are a great choice for pets, large coolers, or extra gear since there’s room in the middle. With ideal river conditions, weight limit is around 500 pounds.
Kayaks have become an increasingly popular way to experience Blue River. Kayaks allow you to be the master of your own destiny, conquering rapids or floating leisurely at your own pace. With a small storage area for a personal size cooler, they are designed for those who can travel lite.
We offer both “sit in” and “sit-on-top” one person kayaks (Jackson Rivera’s, Oldtown Vapors and Twisters). Sitting lower on the water means that a kayak is harder to tip over than a canoe. They are the best option for lower water times. Weight limits range from 275-375.
Kayaks are just $12 extra per person than a canoe.
We can shuttle you and haul your boat. Our haul fee is $20 per craft.
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 and the last trip out is 3:00 pm for the 1/2 day. 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 812-365-2705 and press 0.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we will. There is a non-refundable $20 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 700 canoes and kayaks.
We offer primitive/non electric sites with a river view. There are modern showers and restrooms facilities. Call 812-365-2705 ext 0 for more details or to make a reservations.
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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