White River Paddle Days & Festival
Set your worries aside and enjoy some time in nature and on the water with Free Paddle Days!
About Free Paddle Days
The White River Alliance, in cooperation with the White River Canoe Company, is again offering six Free Paddle Days to help groups of friends and colleagues enjoy the river. We hope that a day on the water will continue to foster your connection to the river and recharge your commitment to helping us protect it.
Two of the paddles days are in conjunction with river clean-ups – one with Conner Prairie and the cities of Carmel and Fishers, the other with the City of Noblesville. The other four paddle days will also have themes that will provide paddlers a chance to show off their love for plants and animals!
General Paddle Days
These Paddle Days feature the Rusty Oar to River Road Kayak Trip. Trip check-in and parking is easy at the White River Canoe Company’s River Rd. livery location (17180 River Rd., Noblesville, IN). Participants depart via shuttle bus from the livery to the drop-in location up river at the Rusty Oar property (near the Clare dam) and then enjoy a 2-3 hour paddle/float back to the River Rd. livery. These Paddle Days include a single kayak rental and require a refundable $20 deposit. Deposit is non-refundable for no-shows.
Friday, August 12 & Sunday, August 14 – Show off your love of plants & flowers – wear your favorite flowered swimsuit or Hawaiian-style shirt! Pick up a free native seed packet or two at check-in and support cleaner water through your love of native landscaping at home!
Friday, August 19 & Sunday, August 21 – Show off your love of animals, wildlife or pets – wear your favorite animal print swimsuit, or flamingo trunks, or dog-mom T-shirt or whatever animal you love! Pick up a free roll of pet poo bags, pet bandana, or pollinator seed packet and support cleaner water through your animal-friendly actions at home!
To register for a General Paddle Day use the button below:
General Paddle Day
Clean-Up Paddle Days
White River Alliance has teamed with host Conner Prairie, the Cities of Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville, White River Canoe Company, and Duke Energy to combine a day of free paddling with the annual River Clean-up. Paddlers have the options of different length trips ranging from the shortest, a simple 2-mile paddle around the oxbow on the Conner Prairie property, or a longer ~3-4 mile paddles north and south of WRCC. Paddlers will be provided gloves and trash bags and be paddling 2-person canoes, not kayaks, in order to ensure space for trash and other debris to be collected.
August 26 – Noblesville Clean-Up
This clean-up event will focus on three stretches of the river north of Noblesville. Check-in will be at the White River Canoe Company (17180 River Avenue Noblesville, IN 46062) Trips will take approximately 2 hours depending on how much time is spent cleaning up trash or other debris. Participants will be provided trash bags and gloves. Clean-Up Paddle Days include a two-person canoe, so plan to paddle with a friend. Registration requires a refundable $20 deposit. Deposit is non-refundable to no-shows.
August 27 – Carmel & Fishers Clean-Up
This clean-up event will focus on two stretches of the river north of Conner Prairie and at Conner Prairie. Trip check-in and parking is easy at Conner Prairie (Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers IN. 46038). There will be two trips offered at the Conner Prairie location. The longer trip will depart via shuttle bus from Conner Prairie to the drop-in location up river and then paddle/float back to Conner Prairie. This trip will take between 2.5-3 hours depending on how much time is spent cleaning up trash or other debris. Participants doing the shorter trip will stay at Conner Prairie and clean-up the half-mile stretch around the river’s horseshoe bend. This trip, designed for young families, will take between 1-1.5 hours depending on how much time is spent cleaning up trash or other debris. Participants will be provided trash bags and gloves and are allowed free entry to Conner Prairie for the day. Clean-Up Paddle Days include a two-person canoe or kayak. Registration requires a refundable $20 deposit. Deposit is non-refundable to no-shows.
To register for a Clean-Up Paddle Day use the button below:
Clean-Up Paddle Day
FOR BOTH CLEAN-UP EVENTS, PLEASE ARRIVE THE ASSIGNED CHECK IN LOCATION AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TIME.
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