Trip OverviewMaumee River: Ft. Wayne, IN to Antwerp, OH
We put in below the dam on Anthony Blvd. There is a sandy beach just below the dam on river left with an easy carry down from the street above.
There had been several days of rain so water levels were up a bit. We paddled the 34 miles to Antwerp, OH in about 7 hours. The river was isolated. We saw nobody else on the river, and very few houses.
We did see a bald eagle, hawks, turkey vultures, herons, wood ducks, an owl, a fox, a raccoon, two deer and two fawns, and we think a family of otters who dove in before we could get a good look.
This is a twisty, windy river that bends around and doubles back on it self constantly. There weren't any good places to take out along the way. The higher water levels probably submerged some of the sand bars and the muddy banks were steep and slippery. We ended up eating lunch while floating.
The take-out in Riverside Park in Antwerp was good with a wide dirt road leading up to the parking lot at the top of the hill.
We treated ourselves to a root beer float at The Root Beer Stand on Old US24 just west of SR49.
Accommodations:There are no facilities along the way. There is a roadside park on Old US 24 with a steep gravel path from the river up to the park but we did not check it out.
Directions:The put-in was below the dam on Anthony Blvd in Ft Wayne. We parked along Niagara Drive to unload and carry down to the river.
The takeout was in Riverside Park in Antwerp, OH. It's on West River street just east of SR49.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)