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East Fork, White River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: August 30, 2013
Nearest City: Columbus, IN
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: Jeff Ewick


My wife and I took this section of the East Fork of White river upon the advice of a friend. The weather has been very dry and the river levels were quite low so we encountered a couple of shallows where we had to get out and pull through and a few more that were barely passable. If there was even a little more water, it would have been fine.

This section is about 12 miles between two DNR public access sites. This was a Friday so we didn't see any other people although on weekends I have noticed cars parked at both public sites.

We saw an eagle a couple times as it flew ahead of us as well as many herons and other river birds. Lots of carp in the shallows and a few fish jumping. One jumped and hit my paddle. Surprise! It was pleasant trip, but I would suggest earlier in the summer when there is more water.


Both of these DNR public access sites have gravel parking areas and concrete boat ramps. Easy to find and easy access. Most use is on the weekends by fishermen.


No fees, no costs.


We started at the DNR public access ramp just downstream of the dam in Columbus. Take SR 46 into Columbus and turn off just east/north of the river.

We took out at the DNR Azalia public access site off of Co Rd 800.

Both sites are less than a mile off of SR 11 which runs from Columbus to Seymour parallel to White River and US 65. If coming from I-65 take the US 46 exit east. Cross the red suspension bridge and take the very first right then turn towards the river down to the public access site.


DNR public access ramp just downstream of the dam in Columbus

DNR Azalia public access site off of Co Rd 800.

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