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Old 07-26-2010   #1
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Indiana Whitewater

I'll be moving from Colorado to Indiana. I haven't been boating much out here for various reasons, so I'm considering selling my boats. Curious though if it's worth holding on to them. I'll likely be in the Fishers area near Indianapolis, and have no idea what the river systems out there look like. Any decent whitewater near-ish to Indianapolis that might make me want to keep the boats and gear?


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Old 07-26-2010   #2
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I think I remember there is a artificial slalom course somewhere in indiana. My buddy used to be a racer and always said it really sucked so I am not sure if it would be worth it. I think it is in South Bend

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here ya go. doesnt look so bad

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Looks like ~7hours one way to the Gauley. Could be worse, IMO. Mot of us FrontRangers drive that far for Durango area boating. About the same to the Upper Yough, and about 8 to Asheville. Plenty of other creeks & rivers that are closer.
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Old 07-26-2010   #5
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I thought this was a joke when I saw the title. Having spent 4 1/2 years in Indiana, I would have bet money there was no whitewater out there, unless it's flooding! But I guess I would have lost that bet. LOL Not sure it's worth keeping boats for a trip through downtown South Bend, but it's better than the Wabash I guess...
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Old 07-26-2010   #6
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I was born/raised in IN. Moved to CO 3.5 years ago and all I can say is, I am sorry! I would reccomend selling the boats, find a comfortable couch, buy a six pack, and grow a love for some of the best sweet corn on the planet. If you do happen to maintain some love for the outdoors after living there through the winter, I would highly recommend the 96th Street mtn bike trail. Great fun. Good luck friend! Oh, and Brown County State Park (Southern Indiana) also has some epic mtn biking.
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Looks like you'll be road tripping to the SE f you want quality paddling. Being in Fishers, however, you will be very close to one of the finest bakeries anywhere, Taylor's Bakery. Darn good stuff.
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Old 07-26-2010   #8
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Ya, s.e. rivers aren't that far away. Lots of good canoeing waterways if your up to it with your yak. The middle fork of the vermilion river just across the border in Illinois is a wild and scenic river. And again some sweet mtn biking in the area too..around danville. Supposedly some class 2-3 on the main vermilion near oglesby. Go a lil south towards brown county for more biking like was said and your not too far from Kentucky and some Tennessee stuff. Then again there's always the 'Bash.
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Take a look at the Hoosier Canoe Club. I went to school in South Bend. We were out on that whitewater course once or twice during the week, and then hauling down to the southeast for long marathon weekends. West Virginia and the Cumberland Plateau are not too far off, and if you want to sack up you can do long weekends to the Tallulah etc. Just depends on how much you want to drive.

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