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St. Marys River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: May 26, 2013
Nearest City: Decatur, IN
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: JDmachinist View Profile

Description:

Pleasant Mills, Indiana to Kekionga Park, Decatur, Indiana

My Wife and I dropped in at the bridge over the St. Marys on Hwy 101 in Pleasant Mills, Indiana (1:30pm). This was the first trip for us with our brand new Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe so we brought some of our family with us to help see us off.

We had one portage around a log dam about 45 minutes into the trip.

We saw 2 Red-Headed Woodpeckers. One bird was about halfway through the trip, the second closer to Decatur.

We arrived at Kekionga Park (Southeast Decatur) around 3:40pm. My Sister and Brother-in-law delivered our truck to Decatur and my Nephew climbed in the Canoe and rode the rest of the way to the boat launch in the park. He only rode the canoe for about 400 yards, but he had a blast!

The weather was a beautiful sunny day around 70 degrees.

Overall, a nice quiet first trip for our canoe, there was very little current and not much maneuvering, so it was a good first paddle.

Accommodations:

Pleasant Mills only has a bait shop. Wilshire to the East has a gas station at the corner of US Hwy 33 and US Hwy 49 and a wonderful Ice Cream Shop at the Corner of US Hwy 33 and US Hwy 124.

Decatur has many food places, hotels and shopping. If you need fishing/outdoor supplies, The Sportsman's Lodge is a good choice. Decatur's most popular restaurant is The Back 40, nice but pricey. If you head west out of Decatur on US Hwy 224 to Preble, Indiana, you will find Norm's Preble Garden - Great Food and you will get your money's worth - Come hungry!

Fees:

None

Directions:

Pleasant Mills, Indiana (Start) - From Fort Wayne, Indiana
South on US Hwy 27, Left (East) on US Hwy 33 just south of Decatur towards Ohio. Left (North) on US Hwy 101 in Pleasant Mills. The Bridge is just off US Hwy 33. Go over the bridge and turn right at the first road. There are some paths down to the river. Stay close to the bridge. REMEMBER, THE PUBLIC ONLY OWNS A SLIVER OF LAND AT A BRIDGE RESPECT PERSONAL PROPERTY!
40.779371, -84.842179

Kekionga Park, Decatur, Indiana (End) - From Fort Wayne, IN
South on US Hwy 27, Left (East) on US Hwy 224 (Monroe Street) Right on 2nd Street which turns into Mercer Ave. with a slight left turn. Turn Left on Angus Drive (if you go past the hospital, you went to far) to Kekionga Park Drive to the boat launch at the end of the drive on the right hand side.
40.823408, -84.913851


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