Canoe and Kayak Trips on the West Fork of the White River

Equipment

Our canoes are Old Town and Mad River, with weight capacities of approximately 1200#.  They seat 2 occupants, and may accommodate 3rd and 4th occupants if they are small children weighing less than 100# each.  Seating for 3rd and 4th occupants is on the floor, so remember to rent seat cushions for a more comfortable ride.  We may, on extremely busy days, run some of our aluminum canoes. The aluminum canoes have a lower weight limit, and occupancy is limited to 2 people.

Our single and tandem kayaks are Jackson Riviera and Riviera-T sit on top.  We do not run any sit-in kayaks.  Due to the open nature of the sit-on top kayaks, we do not recommend taking pets on your trip.

Half-day Trips

Rusty Oar to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks
  • Length: 2-3 hours / approx 6 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departures:  Vary with the season.  Summer season weekdays 9am-2pm daily, weekends 9am-3pm.  Early and late season departures are 11am-2pm.

Description: Our most popular trip;  check-in/park at our River Ave livery, 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.

Pricing:

  • Canoes:  $50
  • Single Kayaks:  $25
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $55

White River Campground to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks
  • Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / approx 10 miles / View FULL Map
  • Must be booked at least one day in advance. No same-day walk-ins.

Description: Check-in/park at our River Ave. livery, depart via bus/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 requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You'll need to be physically capable of carrying (not dragging) your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.

Pricing:

  • Canoes:  $55
  • Single Kayaks:  $30
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $65

Livery to Wapahani Landing Half Day

The Wapahani Landing Half Day trip is currently unavailable as we work through some logistical improvements.  We hope to have this trip and the Wapahani Full Day trip available by Memorial Day weekend.

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks
  • Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / approx. 10 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 11am-1pm daily
  • Shuttles from Wapahani back to our livery run at approximately 2-4:30pm.  Additional fees apply for missing the 4:30pm shuttle.
  • You must check in boats/gear at the end of your trip, and ride the White River Canoe Company shuttles back to the livery. Private transportation arrangements are not allowed.

Description: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 to your car at our River Ave livery.
Important Note: Please read our info on the Wapahani Landing trip HERE.

Pricing:

  • Canoes:  $55
  • Single Kayaks:  $30
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $65

Lafayette Trace to White River Campground - Campers-only Trip

You must have confirmed reservations for camping at White River Campground to book this trip!

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks - You must book this trip on line
  • Length: 2-3 hours / 5+ miles
  • Departure: Approximately bottom of the hour, 9:30am – 11:30pm on weekends and some weekdays… see current availabilities on the reservation system
  • View FULL Map

Description: We pick up at the shelter at White River Campground around the bottom of the hour and shuttle UP River to Lafayette Trace Park for a 6 mile / 2-3 hour paddle back down to the Campground. No need to leave the campground to go paddling!!!

Pricing:

  • Canoes:  $55
  • Single Kayaks:  $30
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $65

Full-day Trips

Perkinsville (or Lafayette Trace) to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks
  • Length: 5.5-8 hours / approx 15 & 18 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure:  9:00am
  • Not available early and late seasons and on holidays and holiday weekends.
  • Must be booked at least a day in advance.  No same-day walk-ins.

Description: Check-in /park at our River Ave livery, 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 requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying (not dragging) your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.

Pricing:

  • Early Season: Not Available
  • Summer Season: Canoes, $65 , Kayaks $32.50, Tandem Kayaks $72
  • Peak Days/Late Season: Not Available

Rusty Oar to Wapahani Landing

The Rusty Oar to Wapahani Landing Full Day trip is currently unavailable as we work through some logistical improvements.  We hope to have this trip and the Wapahani Half Day trip available by Memorial Day weekend.

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tanden Kayaks
  • Length: 6-8 hours / approx 16 miles / View FULL Map
  • Not available early and late seasons, and on holidays and holiday weekends.
  • Shuttles run at approximately 2-4:30pm.  Additional fees apply for missing the 4:30pm shuttle.
  • You must check in boats/gear at the end of your trip, and ride the White River Canoe Company shuttles back to the livery.  Private transportation arrangements are not allowed.

Description: Check in/park at our River Ave. livery, depart via shuttle/bus to launch at our Rusty Oar property for a 6-7 hour float down river to the Wapahani Landing at 116th Street. You are 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 12:30pm to continue. We pick you up at the end of your trip at Wapahani Landing/116th Street and shuttle you back up to your car at our River Ave. livery. Shuttles run at approximately 2-4:30pm.  Additional fees apply for missing the 4:30pm shuttle.
Important Note: Please read our info on the Wapahani Landing trip HERE.

Pricing:

  • Canoes:  $65
  • Single Kayaks:  $35
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $75

Special Trips

Forest Park – the short trip

  • Length: Approx 1 mile or less than an hour paddling in canoes or kayaks View FULL Map
  • Departure: 3pm and 4pm daily
  • Not available early and late season

Description: Check in/park at our River Road livery, depart via shuttle/bus to drop-in at the Forest Park ramp in downtown Noblesville.  Forest Park is the launch those who want to take a short late afternoon paddle/float.  This is a great section for beginners and young paddlers to learn.  We also like it for a good workout because the current is normally slow and allows you to paddle back up stream for an extra lap or two without committing to the longer 6-mile trip.

Pricing

  • Canoes:  $27
  • Single Kayaks:  $20
  • Tandem Kayaks:  $32
  • River Tubes:  $20
  • Cooler Tubes:  $20

Overnight Camp

Description: Check in/park at our River Road livery, depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in UP RIVER at the Perkinsville access. You will float approximately 12 miles to our Rusty Oar property on the first day, camping at Rusty Oar, and finish at our River Road livery on the second day after a 6-mile float.  This trip requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying (not dragging) your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.


Livery Service

We DO NOT provide livery/transport service for your privately owned canoes and kayaks.


Departure Schedules and Pricing:

Prices can be found in the trip descriptions below, and is always accurate for the day chosen using our online booking system.

On Line Booking:  Cut off for booking on line is 2-4 hours prior to approximate departure time depending on specific trip, subject to availability, shown real-time in the system. All weekend reservations should be made via the online system from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend due to high call volumes on those days.

Trip Departures change with the season.  The summer season is Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  Early season is April to Memorial Day weekend, and Late season is September after Labor Day weekend through the end of October.

Walk-ins are welcome subject to availability and approx $3 surcharge to the pricing shown in the online system.  Exceptions:  The following trips cannot accept walk-ins from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:  White River Campground, Wapahani Full Day, and Lafayette Trace/Perkinsville.  These trips must be booked on line at least one day in advance.

Some Long Trips are not available in our early and late seasons, and on Holiday weekends. 

Reservation times are APPROXIMATE departure times.  Buses depart around the top of the hour each hour.  Wait times are common on weekends and holidays, especially for walk-in guests and afternoon departures.  We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.  No refunds, discounts, or rain-checks are given due to wait times.

Canoe prices are based on 2-person occupancy.  Add $12.50 for additional person over 10 years of age or weighing over 100# riding as a 3rd occupant subject to water level and weather conditions. At WRCC's sole discretion in low water conditions, the third person may be required to take a single kayak for the same fee.  No additional charge for children 10 and under riding as the third occupant.


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