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  Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
  Posted by: AutumnMist on Jul-29-13 5:54 AM (EST)

The 28th Annual

Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous

August 2-3-4, 2013

The Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous is less than 1 week away. This Newsletter should provide all the info you need to make plans and mark your calendar. Make plans to attend the IPR, and enjoy a full weekend of Paddling on Wildcat Creek.

Full events details, times, and locations are included below.

The IPR has proven to be one of the overall best Paddling events in Indiana. If you've never attended, rest assured it is worth your time. Come prepared to enjoy one of the nicest small Streams in Indiana, to relax with old Paddling buddies, and to make new friends.

This event is open to members of Canoe & Kayak Clubs,

Internet Paddling Groups, and River Protection Organizations

who have their own personal equipment and enough skills for an enjoyable day on a Swift Flowing Natural Stream.

Please take this opportunity to pass this Trip Announcement

on to any of the above mentioned organizations with which you have connections, but please avoid wide open public announcements.


Email Screen Name:

Phone Home: 765-628-3155 Cell: 765-432-6782

MUSKRAT's Notes on the IPR:

Here is a basic timetable for the IPR, just in case you receive no further information.

The dates are August 2-3-4 for 2013. Directions to all locations are provided below. Whenever and where ever you arrive at the IPR,

please proceed directly to the Registration Table.

FRIDAY August 2nd:

The first activity of the weekend will be a Trip on Wildcat Creek Friday afternoon; Meeting Time is 3:00 PM at Wildcat Park (directions below). Where we will Paddle will be announced at that time, and the Shuttle will begin immediately thereafter; please arrive early.

There will be a BYO Campfire Cookout at Wildcat Park following this cruise. The IPR Paddler's Campsite will be available at Wildcat Park for both Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to special arrangement with the Tippecanoe County Parks Dept.

SATURDAY August 3rd:

Saturday’s Creek Trip will begin at Knop Lake Public Fishing Area (directions below). This will cover 13.6-miles and end at Wildcat Park. There will be an alternate Takeout for a 9-mile Trip. Lunch at The Gravelbar is BYO. Shuttle Departure Time is 9:00 AM from Knop Lake. You should plan to arrive at Knop Lake absolutely no later than 8:30 (8 AM would be better; it really gets crowded with all the people arriving).

Saturday’s Traditional Chili Supper will begin serving at 6 PM (maybe 7) at the Paddler's Campsite in Wildcat Park (directions below).

Chili Supper Reservations are the only advance notice you are asked to provide. Simply provide your name and your number of Chili Eaters, so Muskrat can make sure to cook enough for everyone.

Please make Chili Reservations at

The Wildcat Guardians Annual Benefit Auction (one of the most "Laugh-Filled" parts of the entire weekend) will be held immediately after the Chili Supper. If you have any items to offer for sale, please present them at the Registration Table whenever you arrive.

SUNDAY August 4th:

Sunday’s Creek Trip will meet at Wildcat Park (directions below). Shuttle departure is 9:00 AM sharp. Please arrive early. Lunch at The Gravelbar is BYO. This Trip varies from year to year, but usually covers the 9-miles from Wildcat Park to the Wabash River. Launch and Takeout locations will be announced to everyone who arrives at Wildcat Park in time for Shuttle Departure at 9:00 AM Sunday morning.

For any questions email,

or call Muskrat at 765-628-3155 (home),

or 765-432-6782 (cell).


Muskrat's Wildcat Creek Expedition Team utilizes the "Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer" for accurate directions to River access locations all over Indiana. This Indiana map book is the absolute best for River People. The directions below are based on the use of this book. The Gazetteer can be found at Staples, some Meir's and Wal-Mart stores, bookstores, convenience stores, and others.


Directions To Wildcat Park
Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31:
Find Monitor on SR-26, east of Lafayette. Go North from Monitor on CR 775-E. Then, at a "T", turn Left on CR 300-N. Then, Left again onto CR 600-E (not written on map). 600-E will drop steeply down into the Valley and make a sharp right turn. The entrance to Wildcat Park is on the left in about ½-mile after that turn. Watch for the "IPR" signs.

Another option: Take SR-26 West from I-65 (toward Lafayette). Turn Right at Creasy Lane. Follow this street around a curve, over the Interstate, and across Wildcat Creek. At the end of the bridge, turn Right onto Eisenhower Road. Wildcat Park will be on the right in about 1-1/2-miles. Watch for the "IPR" signs.


Directions To Knop Lake Public Access Site

Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 32:

1) From US-31 south of Kokomo, head West on SR-26. About 4-¼ miles west of Rossville, turn North (right) from SR-26 onto CR 900-W; watch for green sign to "Pyrmont". This is just after the town of Edna Mills.

2) From I-65 at Lafayette, head East on SR-26. Approximately 7-½ miles east of the Interstate, turn North (left) from SR-26 onto CR 900-W; watch for green sign to "Pyrmont". This is just after the village of Petit, and 1-mile after the County Line.

Next, in 2-½ miles turn Right (east) on CR 650-S (church on left). The entrance to Knop Lake State Fishing Area is on the left in ½-mile. Go slow and watch closely; you can easily miss the entrance sign, in a wooded area, going downhill. Watch for yellow "IPR" marks on the pavement.

Follow the gravel road past the pond, keeping to the left at every fork, following the signs, until you reach the Registration Area. Then follow the directions of the Volunteers and they will get you to the Launch Site as soon as possible.

(On a State Hwy Map, Rossville is located east of Lafayette, south of Delphi, west of Kokomo.)

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Messages in this Topic


  Thanks. I might make it this year.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-29-13 1:30 PM (EST)
I missed the last year or two.
  I haven't been
  Posted by: pblanc on Jul-29-13 1:32 PM (EST)
It sounds like an interesting event but is there any water in Wildcat Creek?

A 13 1/2 mile drag through the shallows in early August might be more fun than I can handle.
  Water level is always iffy.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-29-13 1:43 PM (EST)
I've been three times and it was pretty bony two of those times. I'll take a royalex boat this time. I did a lot of cussing going through the boulder garden in my previously minimally scratched composite the last time.

I've never had to drag the boat a lot, but some dragging has occurred.

Gary does a pre-rendezvous scouting trip on Thursday and will be better able to advise you on water level Thursday evening.

The auction Saturday night is usually quite a hoot!
  IPR Water level
  Posted by: AutumnMist on Aug-01-13 6:07 AM (EST)
As with any August Indiana canoe trip, water levels are not high, but recent rain is keeping it above 150 cfs. We are expecting modest rainfall even through Friday which should make it a delightful trip.

Saturday and Sunday look very nice temp-wise; no sweltering heat this year! The big bonfire Saturday nights gonna feel good!!!

  Good sleeping weather in the tent.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-01-13 1:28 PM (EST)
  water level up!
  Posted by: AutumnMist on Aug-01-13 10:54 PM (EST)
We got some rain Thursday, the creek is coming up, chance of rain Friday PM could bring it up more!!
  Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-02-13 12:11 AM (EST)
May be paddling in the rain Friday afternoon.
  You could bring my aluminum Beaver
  Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-01-13 2:04 PM (EST)
with you, if you come :)
  I plan to be there.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-31-13 6:28 PM (EST)
Will try to make the Friday afternoon paddle.


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