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1. South Whitley to Laketon.
2. Laketon to Stockdale.
3. Stockdale to Denver.
4. Denver to Logansport.
From Liberty Mills to North Manchester is the next leg of the trip. Small dam here just past the railroad bridge, broken in the middle and you can portage around, or just lower the boat over in low water. Also at the dam in North Manchester is a good put-in/ take-out. There is parking.
Another 3hrs. brings you to Laketon. A public access site on the south east side of town with good parking and launching facilities.
No public campground on this float. For emergencies, doctors can be found at South Whitley and North Manchester while Wabash south of North Manchester has a Hospital.
The second float on this river is an easy meandering float of 10 miles. If you start at Laketon, you will have a 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hour float. The river is wider at this point, so it is a good area for Bass and Panfish. You can float from Laketon to the Bear Grass Creek access point on Hwy. 15. Parking and ramp facilities are available at Bear Grass Creek. From Bear Grass Creek to Stockdale is the next section. It is wider and calmer through this section. You will find a picnic spot under the Roann Covered Bridge on the river right. Down stream is the Stockdale access site with good parking. If you are going on down stream you will have a 200 yd. portage around the Stockdale Dam (river left).
The river at the Stockdale access site is a very slow moving section. A 6 hour float on the average, even with added paddling power. A 200 yard portage to the downriver side of Stockdale Dam is required here.
Three junctions are found along this route for landing your canoe. The bridge at C.R. 500 E is a good access, the bridge at Chili is another, and a mile south of Denver the other. You will also meet the junction of Paw-Paw Creek just before C.R. 500E.
Fish the junctions here carefully, it has produced some fine bass and catfish.
If you are a serious angler, this section deserves your attention. The Eel is a meandering stream from 20 to 100 feet across on this leg, and averages 5 feet in depth. It has boulder and rock bottom areas that give smallmouth and rock bass a good habitat in which to thrive. Some of the best fishing for those species in the state is found in this part of the Eel. Allow a full day for this 28 mile float.
The put-in is south of Denver. Take Meridian Street, then Meridian road south from St. Rd. 16 in Denver and go 1/2 mile to the bridge. The north east corner provides the best access.
Once in, you will drift for 1 1/2 hours until you come to the Mexico Dam, a portage point. Be aware: this can be a hazardous portage point if the water levels are high. In low water, you can portage left or center.
The next point of interest is the Gauging Station, about 5 hrs downriver from Denver. The access on this last section is at Spencer Park in Logansport. A good access facility there, with a boat ramp and parking.
The Eel is a good river for most moderately skilled canoeists. With the added fishing to be enjoyed, it is one of the best choices in northern Indiana.
Distance: Approximate length of river from bridge on Washington Road, south of Columbia City to Wabash River = 74 miles.
Miles between points:
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