Come and ride the river!


Canoe/Kayak Trips

Click the BOOK NOW button under each trip for current pricing (all taxes and fees included) and availability. Reservations can be made using this site or our mobile app, and require prepayment by credit card. Next-day reservations are accepted until 4:00pm. Same day reservations can be made subject to availability, shown real-time in the system. Weekend / Holiday same-day / call-ahead reservations should be made via the online system from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend due to high call volumes on those days.

Walk-ins are welcome subject to availability and a $5 surcharge (taxes and fees included) to the pricing listed under the BOOK NOW button. Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Canoe prices are based on 2-person occupancy. Add $10 for additional person over 10 years of age or weighing over 100# subject to water level and weather conditions. No additional charge for children under 10 riding as the third occupant.

**Though we are open from the first of April through the end of October, the Schedules shown are for mid- May through Labor Day weekend. Early and late season schedules vary. Please confirm availability at least 2 days in advance during early and late season.

Rusty Oar - Canoes/Kayaks

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Length: 2-3 hours / approx 6 miles / Map

Departure: On the hour from 9am to 3pm weekends and weekdays

Description: Our most popular trip, you check-in/park at our River Ave livery and we depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in UP RIVER at our Rusty Oar property for a 2-3 hour float back to the River Ave livery.

White River Campground - Canoes/Kayaks

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Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / approx 9 miles / Map

Departure: On the hour from 9am to 11am weekends and weekdays

Note: Same-day / Call-ahead reservations not available for this trip on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Description: You check-in /park at our River Ave livery and we depart via shuttle to the drop-in UP RIVER at the White River Campground near Strawtown for a 3.5-4.5 hour float back to the River Ave livery. This trip involves a portage around the low-head dam at Claire across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage. Please read the section regarding the portage in the FAQ.

Lafayette Trace/Perkinsville - Canoes/Kayaks

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Length: 5.5-8 hours / approx 15 & 18 miles / Map

Departure: 9am and 10am weekends and weekdays

Note: Same-day / Call-ahead reservations not available for this trip on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Description: You check-in /park at our River Ave livery and we depart via shuttle to the drop-in UP RIVER at either the Lafayette Trace Park or Perkinsville access points for a 5.5-8 hour float back to the River Ave livery. This trip involves the portage around the low-head dam at Claire across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage. Please read the section regarding the portage in the FAQ.

Wapahani Landing Half Day - Canoes/Kayaks

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Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / 9.5 miles / Map

Departure: Any time between 10am-1pm weekends and weekdays

Description: You check-in / park at our River Ave livery and launch from the same facility for a 9.5 mile / 3.5-4.5 hour float DOWN RIVER to the Wapahani Landing at 116th Street. We pick you up at the end of your trip at Wapahani Landing/116th Street and shuttle you back UP RIVER to your car at our River Ave livery. Shuttles run on the half hour from 2pm to 6:30pm. Additional fees apply for missing the 6:30pm shuttle.

Important Note: Please read our section on the Wapahani Landing trip in the FAQ section

Wapahani Landing Full Day - Canoes/Kayaks

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Length: 6-8 hours / approx 16 miles / Map

Departure: On the hour 9am and 10am weekends and weekdays

Description: You check-in/pay/park at our River Ave livery and we depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in UP RIVER at our Rusty Oar property for a 6-8 hour float DOWN RIVER to the Wapahani Landing at 116th Street. You’re required to make a quick stop at the River Ave landing on your way down to sign a time sheet so we know your status. You must check-in at this point NO LATER THAN 2:00PM TO CONTINUE. We pick you up at the end of your trip at Wapahani Landing/116th Street and shuttle you back UP RIVER to your car at our River Ave livery. Shuttles run on the half hour from 2pm to 6:30pm. Additional fees apply for missing the 6:30pm shuttle.

Important Note: Please read our section on the Wapahani Landing trip in the FAQ section

Overnight Camp - Canoes/Kayaks

Length: 2 day | Map

Price & Planning: Please contact us via email at whiterivercanoe@gmail.com for pricing and planning.

Description: For those who want to pack their gear for an overnight float and camping trip, we depart from our River Road property and drop in at the Perkinsville access. You will float to either White River Campground, or to our Rusty Oar property depending on your original reservation time and amenities you require. This trip includes the portage around the low-head dam. You finish the following day back at our River Road livery. Please read the section regarding the portage in the FAQ.

Livery Service

We recognize that many people own their canoes and kayaks, and we also know that access and trip logistics can be a hassle. We provide livery/transport service from our River Avenue facility to all of our launch and pick-up sites on our regular trip departure and pick-up schedules. Please see the trip descriptions above for detailed information and requirements. Pricing (taxes and fees included) can be found by clicking the BOOK NOW button on each trip.

You MUST have your own paddles and U.S. Coast Guard approved life vests when bringing your own canoe or kayak.

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River Tube Trips

Potter’s Bridge

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Length: 2-3 hours / approx 3.5 miles / Map

**Trip length-of-time can vary greatly depending on water levels. We provide a shorter trip alternative from Forest Park in late summer/low water conditions and for mid/late afternoon departure. In late season low water conditions, we stop running Potters Bridge altogether, and only offer the Forest Park trip.

Departure: Hourly from 10am to 1pm. See Forest Park trip for later departures.

Description: We depart from our River Road livery and drop-in at historic Potter’s Bridge north of downtown Noblesville for a 3-4 hour float back down to the River Road livery.

Note: No private tubes or cooler tubes allowed, with the exception of floating coolers that can be transported on the shuttle in the same manner as your normal cooler.

Forest Park – the short trip

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Forest Park is the launch for tubes in low and slow water conditions and for those who want to take a short late afternoon paddle.

Length: 1-2 hours / approx 1.5 miles / Map

Departure: Hourly from 10am to 3pm for tubes only - Canoes and kayaks hourly 2pm to 4pm only

Description: We depart from our River Road livery and drop-in at the Forest Park ramp in downtown Noblesville for a 1-2 hour float back down to the River Road livery.

Note: No private tubes or cooler tubes allowed, with the exception of floating coolers that can be transported on the shuttle in the same manner as your normal cooler.

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Group Outings

We welcome large groups. Canoeing is a great platform for team building, company picnics or outings, church functions, family reunions, scout projects, and school group activities. Our properties at Rusty Oar and River Avenue provide a peaceful and scenic back drop for your group to enjoy, and make the logistics of assembly, transportation, and wrapping up the event very easy to execute. The definition of a large group is a total of 20 people or more. The group can utilize any combination of canoes and kayaks. We have tents, tables, chairs, and partnerships with caterers who can supply food and drinks. We offer discounted pricing based on the number of people in your party. Please send an email to whiterivercanoe@gmail.com for scheduling and detailed planning. Please include your desired date, approx departure time, approx number of people, and whether you are considering a meal before or after the trip.

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Future Trips

We are working on additional trips that will provide access to the river from Anderson to Fishers and Carmel. One of these will be a river tube trip, and we will add at least two new canoe/kayak trips. We will update our site to include these new trips as they open, please stay tuned.

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River/Trip Map

Please view the map and the specific trip information above to help you plan your excursion. Also note that for all trips starting above Rusty Oar, a dam portage is required during the trip. It is important (for your safety) that you are aware of this river feature. Please read the section regarding the portage in the FAQ.

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Process Map

We Provide

We provide our customers with USCG Type III vests (several sizes*) or USCG Type II Standard Duty Square Top Yoke, paddles, a shuttle up-river, and your desired boat/tube. Seat cushions and links to connect a group of tubes can be rented for an additional fee.

*If you have a child under 30#, you must bring their own US Coast Guard Approved life jacket, and it should have the strap that passes front/back between the legs. This is a USCG Type II vest, rated for less-than 30#.

What to Bring

Our first priority: WEAR SHOES to protect your feet. Wear or bring anything you don’t mind getting wet, and dress for the weather conditions of the day. We suggest waterproof bags, sunglasses with straps, coolers, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Make sure you purchase your fishing license before the trip if you plan to fish.

What to Leave at Home

Glass, glass, glass...do not bring glass. Do not bring guns, knives, fireworks, or balloons. Do not bring anything you will not take with you at the end of your trip, or dispose of properly upon your return.

What to Lock in Your Car

Lock your wallet, purse, cash, rings, watches, and expensive cameras in your car while on your trip. Stash your keys in a magnetic box under your car or in your gas cap. We do not have a key storage station.

Getting Here and Parking

Travel to our livery at 17180 River Road, Noblesville, IN 46062, and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your reservation time. Stop to check in at the office on your left as you enter our property. Map your trip

Paying, Paperwork, and Beginning

If you have a reservation: Please show your receipt to a STAFF member as you enter the property. They will verify the reservation against our manifest and confirm all members of your group have approved our Waiver Form, and provide instructions for parking and loading the shuttles.

If you do not have a reservation: You will check in at the office as you enter the property. You must complete our Waiver Form for each person in your party prior to checking in and making payment. The Waiver Form can be downloaded from the FORMS section of the web site below, and we will have copies available outside the office. Our office staff will take payment in Visa, MasterCard, or cash - groups with more than 4 canoes/kayaks/tubes must pay as a single payment - and give you a “work order” that lists your trip, number of people, and equipment rented. They’ll also provide instructions for parking and boarding the shuttle. You will give the “work order” form to one of our STAFF prior to boarding your designated shuttle.

Shuttling and Embarking

Your party will travel in passenger vans or bus to the launch location. We will present our safety speech that will cover everything you will need to know about making your adventure as safe as possible. Our Staff will assist you if necessary as you enter and launch your boat.

Approximate travel times via shuttle from the Check-In location to launch points are as follows:
  • Rusty Oar: approx 15 minutes
  • Potter’s Bridge: approx 10 minutes
  • White River Campground: approx 20 minutes
  • Lafayette Trace Park: approx 30 minutes
  • Wapahani Landing: approx 20 minutes

Ending Your Trip

Your finishing point will be the location on River Road where you parked and checked in. A short walk up the stairs and decks from the landing and you’ll be back at your car. If your trip destination is Wapahani Landing, we will pick you up beneath the 116th Street bridge and shuttle you back to the River Avenue livery where your car is parked.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How many passengers can fit in a boat?

Each boat in our fleet has a legal maximum occupancy limit (number of passengers) and/or a maximum weight capacity determined by the boat manufacturer. The maximum weight capacity is the total weight of all passengers and equipment. Our older aluminum canoes can hold no more than three (3) passengers with a gross weight of no more than four hundred and fifty (450) pounds. The newer plastic canoes have a flat 1150# weight limit and so can hold up to four (4) passengers provided two (2) passengers are adults and the additional passengers are small children under 90#. We may, at our sole discretion based on current water levels and weather conditions, allow only 2 passengers per canoe. Kayaks can hold one passenger, and tandem kayaks can hold two passengers.



When should my group arrive to go canoeing?

We recommend that you arrive one half hour (30 minutes) prior to your desired departure time. Please check-in at the office FIRST, and then proceed to the parking area. Waiver Forms should be completed prior to your arrival to expedite the check-in process. Waiver Forms can be downloaded in the FORMS section on our web site. You will receive your life jackets when you check in with our Staff at the shuttle loading zone, and you should have all members of your party ready to begin loading your shuttle no later than ten (10) minutes before its scheduled departure time.



For how many hours do we get to use the boat?

Every one of our rentals covers the entire day! We want all of our customers to take as much or as little time as they want on the river. With this in mind there is one RULE: Every boat and/or tube and all rented equipment must be returned no later than 6pm. Our latest departure times for every trip provide ample time for covering the trip distance before 6pm. Additional fees apply if you return later than 6pm, and if you miss the final evening shuttle at Wapahani Landing.



Is there an age or size requirement?

Yes and yes. The easiest part of this answer: we do not allow infants or toddlers who cannot walk unassisted on their own. If your child can walk under their own power but weighs less than 30#, you must bring their own life jacket rated for the child’s weight with a safety buckle that passes between the legs so it cannot be slipped over the head without removing the strap. This is a U.S. Coastguard Approved Type II vest. Our child life jackets are rated down to 30#- hence the reason for this requirement.

If you are under eighteen (18) years of age a parent or guardian must sign our Waiver Form on your behalf. The Waiver Form has a section at the bottom where the consenting adult can sign for a Minor(s). THE consenting adult who has signed for Minors must also be present at the time of check-in/payment whether they accompany the group canoeing or not. You must be 18 years of age with photo ID to rent a boat independently. We may, at our sole discretion based on current water level and weather conditions, alter this policy for reasons of personal safety. Please always call ahead and check weather and water conditions.



Can I bring a pet?

Yes- absolutely. What a better way to spend a day with a dog- frolicking on a sand bar in the middle of the river. Please have them on a leash, pick up after them, and be considerate of those around you who might not share your affection. If, on our busy days, it becomes necessary to use an extra shuttle to accommodate you and Fido, we will require an additional fee of $10 for the short trips (Potter’s Bridge/Rusty Oar/Wapahani Landing) or $15 for the long trips (White River Campground/Lafayette Trace/Perkinsville). We’ll always do our best to use the right shuttles and make this unnecessary, but keep it in mind because we won’t know ahead of time if we need to use an extra shuttle.



Is this a dangerous river?

No matter how lazy or predictable a river may seem there are always hidden dangers and risk factors associated with canoeing or kayaking. Ignorance is not bliss when safety is concerned. That is why we go out of our way to make sure that you and your group are equipped with proper safety gear (more than most state laws require) and that we inform everyone repeatedly of dangers on the river. The water is not necessarily deep at most points (usually three to six feet) and generally does not have a swift current. However, as it is a natural body of water and not an amusement park ride mother nature can change the conditions whenever she feels. This means that fallen trees, rock formations, and even the wildlife can play a factor in the river conditions. If you have any safety questions or concerns we ask that you voice them to any one of our staff members before your outing gets underway. We would rather spend an extra few minutes clarifying safety information than have any member of your party feel uncomfortable during what is supposed to be a fun and relaxing day. (Just as a minor note: Our drivers will always recite a pre-written safety speech before loading any passengers into the boats. We've found that nearly all of the issues we've had in the past are from parties that do not take the information seriously. We ask that everyone in your group listens to this information and adheres to it during the entire trip to make the day as safe as possible.)



What is the dam portage and what is required in regards to this obstacle?

For all trips launching up river from Rusty Oar, you will need to portage the Holliday Dam at the town of Claire and across from the Rusty Oar property. YOU CANNOT PADDLE OVER THE DAM…IT IS A POTENTIALLY (PROBABLE) LETHAL MISTAKE. As you paddle into the area, Riverwood (houses) will be on your right, and Riverbend Campground (campers) will be on your left. The town of Claire will come into view ahead, and the river bends to the right (GPS 40° 6’ 3” N, 85° 57’ 51”W).

You’ll be looking ahead at the Duke Energy electric plant- you can’t miss it on the RIGHT SIDE of the river. There are 3 huge steam stacks to draw your attention. PADDLE STRAIGHT AT THE POWER PLANT. You’ll see the CANOE TAKE-OUT sign as you get closer, and you’ll land your canoe or kayak on the concrete ramp right at the sign (GPS 40°5’ 44” N, 85° 58’ 9” W).

The portage is an asphalt side walk and flat. It is a great surface for walking, but a terrible surface for the boats. The asphalt will erode the boats, and in the worst of cases, will cause you to paddle home with your boat leaking- and pay for damages. DO NOT DRAG YOUR BOATS ON THE PORTAGE. Take your gear out of the boats to make them lighter. Carry them two-by-two. Make multiple trips if you need to. Take your time…this is a great place to take a break.



Do we need reservations?

Reservations are highly recommended, and we use the latest technology in our on line reservation platform. You can access the reservation system through our web site (BOOK NOW), or through our mobile app. The system was designed so that you can avoid the lines at the office for check-in, and take care of all the “business” of your trip prior to arrival- so you can focus on the good time intended. The system will also reduce the hi-volume phone traffic we experience on our busiest weekends. You can always see real-time availability in the on line system, reducing the need for call ahead reservations on the weekends when call volumes exceed our capacity. We still accept phone reservations, entered through the same on line system by our reservationist, Monday through Friday.

We do accept walk-ins, subject to availability, and at a $5 surcharge to our reservation rates. All prices including our walk-in surcharge, are shown with all taxes and fees included.



What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

Reservations may be cancelled with full refund up to 5 full days prior to your scheduled trip. The following guidelines apply for cancellations less than 5 days.

Refunds / Rain Checks ARE issued when we must shut down operations due to:
- Persistent, heavy, all-day rain occurring before 9am the day of your trip and certain by live radar view to affect our area through the mid-day hours
- Persistent waves of thunderstorms visible on live radar and certain to affect our area during our hours of operation
- River gauge levels outside or trending outside our internal standards for operations

Refunds / Rain Checks are NOT issued due to:
- Rain showers, pop-up storms, or cooler temperatures forecasted or occurring on the day of your trip

Refunds / Rain Checks MAY BE, at our discretion, issued due to:
- Rain or storms that develop during our hours of operation that cause us to delay departures and launches more than 1 hour or cease operations entirely.

We actively monitor weather and water levels using multiple forecasting services, live radar, and United States Geological Survey data for gauge height and discharge rates recorded at Noblesville, Anderson, and Muncie. We have internal guidelines for operating (or not) in foul weather and changing water conditions, and tools that allow us to predict gauge height 12-24 hours in advance.

We will, at our discretion, delay departures and launches to allow pop up storms to pass. We will not conduct rescue operations on the river due to foul weather, and charges for abandoned equipment will be enforced per our Equipment Rental/Waiver Form signed at check-in. All sales are final once you have checked in. Refunds due to weather are solely the discretion of White River Canoe Company and safety will be the first priority in every decision we make.



If there is an emergency what do we do?

Honestly, we hope that you and your group consider this possibility. Boating is a risk activity, regardless of the safety measures taken to minimize the danger. We always advise that at least one member of the group carries a cellular phone in case of emergency. If the situation warrants immediate aid, dial 911. We have very limited ability to get to you while you are on the river. We can offer this: Do not panic. Make sure everyone is safe. Get to a phone. Call 911 first and outline your situation, then call our office so we can assist you and the emergency response personnel in any way within our power. Stay calm and rationally consider the best course of action given your current environment.



We have a large group. Is there anything we should know to make our lives easier when planning our trip?

Contact us via email at whiterivercanoe@gmail.com and provide as much information as you have: date, desired time, approx number of people, and whether you’re considering having food before or after the trip. We’ll send an itinerary/invoice proposal that will help you organize your outing, and make changes as appropriate until we have a final copy that can be distributed to your group and our staff.

A large group should arrive 30-45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The group leader should have the Waiver Forms for the entire group in a file folder to hand us at check-in so we can account for every person in the group. You must have a single payer- we will not honor group discounted pricing when the group pays individually. We recommend car pooling or arranging transport to us in a bus/shuttle to avoid parking issues. Consider scheduling your large group on weekdays or early/late season to avoid otherwise large weekend crowds. We do not offer our normal group rates for Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, or for the holiday weekends.



So what If I have my own boat?

See the section on our Adventures page regarding Livery/Transport service. We provide shuttle for you and your boat to any of our launch points for a fee.


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Forms

Download and complete the following forms prior to your visit to White River Canoe Company:

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Instruction, Tips & Safety

Rules of the Road - What Paddlers Need to Know

Friendly Fun

Canoeing and Kayaking are great fun. Just ask any paddler you find on the water. Paddling offers so much to so many; quiet lazy paddling, intense adrenaline or the path to more adventure and fun. Paddling is a great way to access nature, experience reflective moments and enjoy family and friends away from the distractions of life.

Conflicts often arise between various boating groups because of craft size, education and training of the operators, maneuverability, geographic constraints and the sheer numbers of recreational users of the waterways. Paddlers do need to be aware of a few of the “Rules of the Road” when sharing resources with other marine traffic.

Importantly, keep a proper lookout. Remember to be courteous to other boaters and law enforcement officers. They’re there to help you to be safe and have fun!

Be Aware

First and foremost, please be aware of your surroundings. You may be the only craft on the water or may be sharing the channel with others. Whatever the circumstance, your awareness of other traffic may make the sole difference in the safety of everyone on the water.

Remember to cross other boats as a group instead of straggling across the river and blocking other traffic. In shared waterways, the more boaters watching out for others, the safer everyone will be.

10 Ways to Paddle Safely


1. ALWAYS Wear Your Life Jacket - Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on the water.
2. Don’t drink while paddling - Avoid alcohol, which impairs the coordination and balance you need to control a canoe or kayak.
3. Stay Low - Learn how to enter and exit your boat safely and stay low in your boat when possible. Most paddlesport-related drownings are the result of capsizing.
4. Keep Your Balance - Don’t overload your boat. Distribute passengers, secure gear evenly and low..
5. Practice the Wet Exit - Learn how to get out of, hang on to, right, and re-enter your capsized boat.
6. Don’t Get Left in the Cold - Dress for the weather conditions and be prepared for coldwater immersion. Hypothermia is a danger any time of year.
7. Plan Ahead - Know the water you’re paddling, plan your day of paddling, and file a “float plan” so that someone knows where to find you and when you plan to return.
8. Never Paddle Alone - Companions can come to your aid if you get in trouble. New paddlers should paddle with someone more experienced—it’s a great way to learn and remain safe if there’s a mishap.
9. Be in Command - Know how to move your boat forward, back, and sideways, and how to stop using paddle strokes. Watch ahead for hazards like undercut rocks, bridge pilings, large branches and trees, big drop-offs, or other boats.
10. Learn about Your Boat - Consider taking a canoe or kayak safety class.

How to Choose the Correct Life Jacket - A Guide from Your United States Coast Guard

A wearable life jacket for each person must be aboard.

These life jackets must be…
  • US Coast Guard approved
  • The proper size for the intended wearer
  • In good and serviceable condition
  • Properly stowed (readily accessible)

When a vessel is underway with children under 13 years old, they must be wearing a life jacket unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

If a life jacket fits properly...

It will help keep your head above the water. Too big, and the life jacket will ride up around your face. Too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat. Life jackets designed for adults will not work for children!

Try it on for size...
  • Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight.
  • Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
  • Hold your arms straight up over your head.
  • Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.
  • Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
  • For the best fit, try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.

For Additional Information

Visit the American Canoe Association for additional information regarding education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport recreation.

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