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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):

    Mailing Address:
    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).

Paddle Trips

 

Waterway

Suggested Trip

Put-In Site Approximate Address

Take-Out Site Approximate Address

Miles

 

Pigeon River

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

4

 

St. Marys River

Promenade Park to Swinney Park and back

1004 Cass St, Ft Wayne, IN 46808

Same

4

 

St. Marys; St. Joseph; Maumee Rivers

Promenade Park to Confluence

1004 Cass St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Same

2

 

Salamonie River

Explore the northern end of the reservoir from Mt. Hope Boat Ramp

Knight Road, Lagro, IN 46941

Same

Varies

 

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

4.5

 

Cedar Creek

Doc Coleman Landing downstream to Eckhart Park

3715 Co Rd 35, Auburn, IN 46706

1501 S. Cedar St, Auburn, IN 46706

3.5

 

St. Joseph River

Paddle from new Mayhew Rd Brdige to Shoaff Park access

8834 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835

6401 St. Joe Rd

4

 

Wabash River

White Bridge Picnic Area to Bluffton

East River Rd and S 450 E, Bluffton, IN 46714

2883 IN-124, Bluffton, IN 46714

2

 

Fawn River

Nevada Mills to Greenfield Mills

Small bridge at CR 600 W

N 1050 E and E 750 N at the Greenfield Mill Pond

10

 

Hiking Trips

 

Trail

Suggested Trip

Property Owner

Trailhead

Miles

 

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

1.6

 

Bicentennial Woods  Moderate

Along the Willow Creek, through forested riparian area and wetland meadow.

ACREs Land trust

340 Shoaff Rd, Huntertwon IN 46748

2.6

 

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

2.5

 

Hiking Trips

 

Trail

Suggested Trip

Property Owner

Trailhead

Miles

 

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

1.5

 

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

0.4

 

River Clean-Ups

 

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)

 

Name

Description

Organization

Fee

 

Canoe Camp @ Metea Park

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

$120

 

Splash on the Wabash

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

 

Flow the St. Joe

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

 

Pedal, Paddle, Play

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.