Indianapolis, White River
Paddle the urban waterways of Indianapolis
Explore Indianapolis with Canoemobile! Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile is a fleet of vans each with six, handmade, 24-foot Voyageur canoes, safety and paddle equipment, and a crew of outdoor educators. The centerpiece of the Canoemobile is integrated classroom and outdoor education experiences utilizing under-appreciated urban resources, especially urban waterways. Canoemobile programming and educational activities operate in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners. Enjoy the company of others, work as a team, and learn about the watershed in your backyard!
For standard meeting places and times, see Dates & Fees tab.
Students arrive at location
Wilderness Inquiry welcome activity
Program partners facilitate rotating activity stations like:
> watershed modeling
> water quality testing
> fish and wildlife
> team building
Wilderness Inquiry facilitates paddling experience:
> water safety
> paddle/equipment instruction
> a paddle lasting about 30 minutes
Reflection and closing activity
Travel, Terrain, Etc...
You will be paddling in 24-foot Voyageur canoes, following the river's shorelines. The Voyageur canoes hold 6-10 paddlers. They are stable boats, designed specifically for safe trips on big water. Paddling distance varies depending upon the route. It is active but not strenuous.
Wilderness Inquiry outdoor educators are experienced boat captains that provide paddle and safety instructions. One boat captain will be with each canoe to steer the boat, ensure safety, and facilitate a fun experience for everyone!
Program partners will lead land-based activities surrounding urban water topics. Youth will rotate among the activity stations and paddling in canoes.
For clothing and gear, it is important to consider the weather.
Here is a list of suggested items:
- Rain jacket/poncho (WI will have ponchos available)
- Jacket or sweater
- Shoes that you are willing to get a little dirty
- Water bottle (WI will have drinking water available)
- Hat to protect you from the sun and rain
- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses
- Camera in a plastic bag to keep it dry
- Day pack
The two natural waterways flowing through Indianapolis, the White River and Fall Creek, are part of the greater Ohio River Watershed and thus the Mississippi River Watershed, with their waters eventually flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The White River was known as "Wapahani," or "white sands," by Native Americans of the Miami tribe. When the city was selected as the state's capital in 1820, officials hoped the White River would be a major transportation artery, but it proved too sandy for trade. Fall Creek drains into the west fork of the White River in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and once provided power for early industrial development in the city. The west for of the White then flows westward, joins with the east fork, and meets the Wabash River at the Indiana-Illinois border.
No Dates Scheduled
Canoemobile may have just passed through, or we are amidst planning future events!