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Full Day Trip

When a half day isn't enough...

Enough Excitement For All Day

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.

River Conditions

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.

Last Pick Up

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.

More Trips

Half Day

2-4 Hours

Two Day

Both Trips & Camp



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CLOSED:
 Half Day
 2 - 4 Hour Trip

Trip departs every 45 minutes:  Pricing   Reserve
May Events: Upper River Fishing Fridays

8:00AM  -  3:00PM

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 Full Day
 5 - 7 Hour Trip

Trip departs behind our base:  Pricing   Reserve

8:00AM - 12:00PM

CLOSED:
 Two Day
 Both Trips + Campsite

Day one is the Half Day trip. After camping day two is the Full Day trip.  Pricing   Reserve

   All trip information is for today only and subject to Weather and water conditions.   

 812-365-2705       Directions

Full Day Rates

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You can save money and help protect Blue River by visiting on non-peak days.

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Best Rates

Full Day
14 Mile Trip

$28

Better Rates

Full Day
14 Mile Trip

$32

Peak Day Rates

Full Day
14 Mile Trip

$35

Prices listed are per person in a canoe. For kayaks, add $12 to price.

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   April, September & October

Enjoy our lowest rates on weekends in April, September, and October. Peak rates apply on Labor Day weekend.

   Group Pricing

Have 10 or more people? Group pricing is available. Requires advanced reservation.

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Canoe or Kayaks?

No special skills needed

Two-Seater Canoes

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.

More Freedom. More fun.

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.

Sit On Kayak

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Sit In Kayak

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Kayaks are just $12 extra per person than a canoe.

We Haul

We can shuttle you and haul your boat. Our haul fee is $20 per craft.

Common Questions

  • What time should we arrive?

    River Conditions

    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).

    Departure & Return

    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.

    • Half-day - Please be here by 2:30 pm to catch the last bus out. The bus runs about every 45 minutes.
    • Full-day- If available, you must be here by 10:30 am on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends.
  • Can we bring our preschoolers or infants?

    Age 3 and 30 Pounds

    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.

  • Can we bring pets?

    We Love Pets

    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.

  • When's the best time of year to come?

    June & July

    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.

  • What class rapids are on Blue River?

    Mostly Class I

    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.

    • 7 mile trip - 2.2 feet per mile
    • 14 mile trip - 4.2 feet per mile

    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.

  • Can we leave our keys in the office?

    We Cannot Hold Keys

    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.

  • What's the fishing like?

    Fishing Is Good

    Blue River is noted for its smallmouth bass, largemouth 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?

    Generally Two

    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.

  • What types of kayaks are available?

    Kayaks Available

    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.

    Weight Limits

    We have Jackson Riviera’s, Oldtown Vapors and twisters. Kayaks are the best option for lower water times.

    • Canoe, 450 - 500 pounds
    • Jackson Kayak: Kayak: 275 - 325 pounds
    • Vapor Kayak: 275 - 325 pounds
  • Where can we stop and get out?

    Sandbars or Islands

    You are only allowed to stop on sandbars or islands. The majority of the land along Blue River is privately owned.

  • What does your pricing include?

    The Necessities

    We provide the following:

    • life vests
    • paddles
    • a litter bag
    • a map
    • an opportunity to view an instructional video
    • transportation from the operating base to the “put-in” and/or “take-out” location
  • What else is there to do nearby?

    Marengo Cave

    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 more ideas.

  • Can I bring my tube?

    Tubes and boards are not recommended on Blue River. We won’t prohibit them, but we want you to enjoy you trip.