Kids Club - Young Paddlers
Does your child enjoy the outdoors and seek new experiences with nature? Do you want to encourage your child to be more active over their summer break? If so, sign them up for the Young Paddler’s Club!!
In partnership with Three Rivers Federal Credit Union and Tri-State Watershed Alliance, the Northeast Indiana Water Trails Initiative is offering the Young Paddler’s Club for children age 5 - 15 during the summer of 2019. Our hope is that the Young Paddler’s Club will create lifelong nature lovers!
There are over 566 miles of accessible flowing water in Northeast Indiana just waiting to be explored. The Young Paddler’s Club is a way to encourage children ages 5 – 15 to learn about various recreational, educational, and service opportunities on, or along our rivers, and help them connect with nature this summer.
Here is how it works.
- Participant must be between 5 and 15 years of age.
- Download the Young Paddler’s Club Form here or pick one up from the following:
- Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot (1004 Cass St. Fort Wayne, IN 46808)
- Trading Post Outfitters (7525 E 300 N. Howe, IN 46771)
- Fill in all the required information on the form.
- Choose three (3) activities from the list provided on the form (and below). Most activities are free but a few have a small fee.
- Complete the chosen activities between June 1st and September 16, 2019 .
- Provide the name of the activity/event you participated in and write at least three observations you made during the activity in the box provided on the Young Paddler’s Club form.
- Drop off your completed form to any of the addresses listed above or,
- Mail, hand deliver, or email your completed form to (must be post marked by September 16th):
Northeast Indiana Water Trails
Attn: Kyle Quandt
200 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
All participants who completed three activities from the list will be awarded with a 2019 Young Paddlers Club badge at the Young Paddler’s End of Summer Party which will be held on World Rivers Day in Promenade Park, Fort Wayne, on September 29th. If you are unable to attend the End of Summer Party, you will be mailed your badge.
The Young Paddler’s Party will be held in conjunction with the Friends of the Rivers, Paddles Aweigh celebration and will serve as a way to congratulate all the participants for learning about our amazing water resources, their persistence in completing the requirements of the Club, and for choosing to connect with nature during their summer. At the Young Paddler’s End of Summer Party participants will:
- Receive their Young Paddler’s Club 2019 badge.
- Learn from regional naturalists with displays and interactive learning activities about wildlife, honey bees, water resources, etc.
- Have a chance to get out on the water again and learn from the experts.
- Discuss with new friends the different adventures they had on the waterways.
- Share this exciting experience with their family.
We look forward to helping you, and your children explore our outside world this summer while checking out some of our amazing waterways in NE Indiana! See you on the water!!!
Contact NEI Water Trails for more information.
Below is a list of activities that a Young Paddler may choose to participate in (spreadsheet also on the Young Paddlers Form).
Put-In Site Approximate Address
Take-Out Site Approximate Address
Nasby Dam from Trading Post Outfitters
7525 E 300 N, Mongo, IN 46771
unnamed gravel road near the intersection of E 300 N and N 500 E, Mongo, IN 46771
St. Marys River
Promenade Park to Swinney Park and back
1004 Cass St, Ft Wayne, IN 46808
St. Marys; St. Joseph; Maumee Rivers
Promenade Park to Confluence
1004 Cass St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Explore the northern end of the reservoir from Mt. Hope Boat Ramp
Knight Road, Lagro, IN 46941
South Branch Elkhart River
Explore Mallards Roost Wetland Conservation Area from Access Site #3 - Site #1
CR W 525 N, Wawaka, IN 46794
SR 6. Wawaka, IN 46794
Doc Coleman Landing downstream to Eckhart Park
3715 Co Rd 35, Auburn, IN 46706
1501 S. Cedar St, Auburn, IN 46706
St. Joseph River
Paddle from new Mayhew Rd Brdige to Shoaff Park access
8834 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835
6401 St. Joe Rd
White Bridge Picnic Area to Bluffton
East River Rd and S 450 E, Bluffton, IN 46714
2883 IN-124, Bluffton, IN 46714
Nevada Mills to Greenfield Mills
Small bridge at CR 600 W
N 1050 E and E 750 N at the Greenfield Mill Pond
Forks of the Wabash - Easy
From the trailhead along the Wabash River for 0.8 miles and back
Forks of the Wabash
2897 US - 24, Huntington IN 46750
Bicentennial Woods Moderate
Along the Willow Creek, through forested riparian area and wetland meadow.
ACREs Land trust
340 Shoaff Rd, Huntertwon IN 46748
St. Joe River Greenway - Easy
Hike along the River Greenway and notice the differences between the forested area and that adjacent to farmland.
6127 IN-1, St. Joe, IN 46785
Miami State Recreation Area - Moswa Trail - Moderate
This loop crosses meadows, follows Troyer's Creek, and includes a spur through woods to a pond
State of Indiana - DNR
4673 S. 625 E, Peru, IN 46970
Nature Trail at Eckhart Park
Walk the nature trail over the Cedar Creek and notice the types of animals and vegetation that are present along the stream corridor.
City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department
1500 South Cedar Street, Auburn, IN 46706
Participate in any river clean-up in your area such as Clean out the Banks of the Wabash; Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation clean-up; or Save Maumee Grassroots Organization's annual Canoe clean-up; or other clean-up
Camps, Clubs, and Activities (fee applies)
July 8 - 12, 2019 or July 15 - 19, 2019. Experiences include creek hikes, canoeing in Cedarville Reservoir, and tube floats down Cedar Creek. Your camper will become a citizen scientist by helping us catch water invertebrates indicative of the high quality of water that is found in Metea County Park. Learn more at www.allencountyparks.org
Allen County Parks Department
Saturday, July 6th, 2019. The public (ages 8+) is invited to enjoy a lazy river tube ride down the Wabash River. Reserve your spot early as it will sell out in advance of this event! Find out more at: https://splashonthewabash2019.splashthat.com/.
Historic Forks of the Wabash and Boy Scout Troop 130
$5 - $12
Saturday, June 29, 2019. An easy paddle on the St. Joseph River from the Spencerville to Leo-Cedarville. Tickets available via Eventbrite and include transportation from Leo-Cedarville to the boat launch in Spencerville, an event t-shirt and lunch at the Hurshtown reservoir. Bring your own boat or rent one. Find out more at www.sjrwi.org
St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative
$15 - $29
Saturday, July 20, 2019. A scavenger hunt on and along the rivers in downtown Fort Wayne! Registration includes: Scavenger Hunt; entries into prize drawing; event t-shirt and rad SWAG provided by our sponsors All proceeds benefit the NE Indiana Water Trails. Register at: http://getmeregistered.com/3RFCUPedalPaddlePlay
Northeast Indiana Water Trails
$20 - $45 kids free with paying adult
Disclaimer: Northeast Indiana Water Trails, and its partners, are not responsible for any of the activities listed on the event page (with the exception of the Pedal, Paddle, and Play). Each Young Paddler and their families take full responsibility for their choice to participate in any of the listed activities and will not hold Northeast Indiana Water Trails, or its partners, responsible for any damages or injuries incurred while partaking in activities to fulfill the Young Paddler’s Club requirements.