Lower Tippecanoe River in Indiana

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The verbiage below was supplied by Indiana DNR's Canoe Guide. The information was last updated at least 16 years ago. Put-in points have disappeared and new ones have formed.

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The water level in the lower segment of Tippecanoe River is usually adequate for canoeing throughout the summer due to water releases from the Oakdale Dam. The dam is operated by Northern Indiana Public Service Company and creates Lake Freeman. Fishing for northern pike, channel catfish, sunfish and largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass is considered generally good in the lower part of Tippecanoe River. Cabin development along the river is quite dense downstream of the dam, but the segment described below is much less developed and offers an enjoyable canoeing experience. Access to the river is available (for a fee) at a private camp just downstream of the dam on the right bank of the river if a longer trip than the one described is desired.

NOTE - Website user Rosemary Halsema noted the following additional river access: Carroll County has a very nice access site below the dam, 725N x 1200 W. (better site than SR 18)

State Road 18 to Davis Ferry Park

This segment includes nearly 9 miles of canoeing on Tippecanoe River and 6 miles on Wabash River. The total float of about 15 miles should require 5 to 8 hours, depending on water levels. For a shorter trip it is possible to take out at the boat ramp (for a fee) at a private camp, River Junction, at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers (on the left bank of the Wabash across from the mouth of the Tippecanoe).

The put-in site is at the SR 18 bridge over the river, approximately 4 1/2 miles west of the intersection of SR 18, 39, and 25 at Delphi. The put-in is on the right bank, upstream of the bridge; parking is available for a few vehicles. To drive to the take-out site at Davis Ferry Park, return to Delphi by heading east on SR 18 and go right (southwest) on SR 25 to Lafayette. Turn right (west) on US 52 (Sagamore Parkway), proceed to the first stop light (Duncan Road), then turn left (south). Proceed to the next intersection and turn left (north) on Ninth Street Road. The proceed to Davis Ferry Park which is on the left (west) before you cross the Wabash River. Emergency medical service is available at hospitals in Lafayette.

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