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Elkhart River in Indiana

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

We paddled from US 33 (Benton) to Bainartstown near SR 15
The river level was high but not at flood stage.

There were a number of strainers, submerged logs and fallen trees. We had to pull out 4 times to get around downed trees. Chest high nettles surrounded the river making the pull outs a little painful.

There is an unused hydro dam that can be paddled up to off the main river.

The 5 mile trip took us 3 hours.


Good parking and a ramp at the put in

Good parking, restroom, but poor access at the take out




Put-in is 10 miles south of Goshen, IN along US 33


Google Maps and Launch site map

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location