Where to Canoe and Kayak in Central Indiana

Climbing inside a canoe or kayak paves the way for perfect summer adventures! Exercise, family time, fresh air… what more could you want?

Canoeing and kayaking are a great way to explore the natural beauty of Central Indiana’s waterways. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely paddle on a calm lake or an adventurous journey down a rushing river, there are plenty of options in the region. 

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Please check ahead for updated reservation policies, hours, restrictions and safety precautions at any of these locations.

Where to Canoe and Kayak in Central Indiana

Eagle Creek Park

7602 Walnut Point Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254

Eagle Creek Park Outfitters and Adventure Outpost provide a variety of rental options for families, including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, paddle boats, and pontoons. Rentals are available in 1-, 2-, or 4-hour increments, except for pontoons, which come in 2-, 4-, or 6-hour increments. Eagle Creek Outfitters also accepts reservations for group programs. Visit their website to learn more!


White River Canoe Company

17180 River Avenue
Noblesville, IN 46062

Based in Noblesville, Indiana, White River Canoe Company is a canoe, kayak, and river tube outfitter serving the White River in Hamilton and Madison counties, from Anderson to Fishers. Be sure to check out their most popular launch point, Our Rusty Oar. The rustic property lies at the tail waters of the low-head dam on the river four miles north of downtown Noblesville.

White River Canoe Company. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverCanoe

Sugar Valley Canoes

1467 E State Road 47
Marshall IN 47859

Conveniently located near Turkey Run, visitors can experience it all while drifting through the valley in a canoe or kayak. Paddle through Turkey Run and Shades State Parks, and glide under four historic covered bridges. Stop along the many sandbars to hunt for rocks and fossils. Explore the stream that Piankeshaw Indians once called “Pun-go-se-co-ne” or “Water of Many Sugar Trees.” Reservations are highly recommended!

Sugar Valley Canoe Trip with Toddler
Sugar Valley Canoes

Whitewater Canoe Rental

1154 Main St.
Brookville, IN 47012
6288 US Hwy 52
Cedar Grove, IN 47016

Whitewater Canoe features pre-established trips instead of rentals, with short, half-day, and all-day options to accommodate all groups and families. Canoeing is the more popular boat choice, allowing kids to ride free with two paying adults. However, kayaks are also available for these trips. Whitewater Canoe Rental offers trips on Brookville Lake, which is ideal for youth group outings or when river levels are too high.

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Wheel Fun Rentals at the Indianapolis Canal

429 W Ohio St Firehouse #13
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Discover the distinct architecture and landscape of downtown Indianapolis in a one-of-a-kind way – on the water! The Canal Walk, a 3-mile loop, features pedal boats, kayaks, gondolas, and bicycles. Every rental includes life jackets and instructions, ensuring a fun and safe adventure for all ages. Rentals are available at hourly rates.

Wheel Fun Rentals at the Canal. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/WheelFunRentalsIndianapolis

Clements Canoe Outdoor Center

8295 W SR 234
Waveland, IN

Situated on the picturesque Sugar Creek, Clements Canoe offers a variety of canoe adventures, from overnight excursions to day trips. Catering to thrill-seekers and those seeking a relaxing, scenic experience, it is an ideal destination for everyone. The trips are generally recommended for families, as they can set their own pace, stop for picnics, and hunt for fossils. Available rentals include one-person kayaks, two-person canoes, single tubes for half-day adventures, and much more. Reservations are now required and can be made HERE!

Clements Canoes Outdoor Center
Clements Canoes Outdoor Center

Canoe Country

6660 S. County Rd. 900 W
Daleville, Indiana 47334

Canoe County, located along the West Fork of the White River, offers rentals of kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, and tubes. Renters can choose from courses ranging from 2 to 10+ miles or opt for a day rental. Group rates are also available for larger gatherings.

Canoe County. Photo credit: www.facebook.com/CanoeCountry

Raccoon Lake Boat Rentals

1223 South Raccoon Parkway
Rockville, IN 47872

Raccoon Lake provides a diverse range of activities, making it an appealing destination for families. Visitors can rent pontoon boats, ski boats, wave runners, kayaks, and paddleboards. Various kayaks are available for public use, including a four-passenger option and one designed for fishing. All rentals are offered at hourly rates.

Most High Adventure Outfitters

6640 N. Old State Rd. 37
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Situated approximately an hour south of Indianapolis in the beautiful Brown County, Most High Adventures provides canoe, kayak, and mountain bike rentals for families. They offer guided trips and a shuttle service for those who bring their own gear. Contact them to plan the perfect adventure!

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