There are lots of trails in our area—bike trails, railways, snowmobile trails, but our most obvious but least talked about trails are our waterways. In Elkhart, we have two rivers that run through the city, the St. Joe River, and the Elkhart River. Both rivers are great places for canoeing and kayaking.
There are two places in Elkhart Country you can rent canoes and kayaks. The first is Goshen City Parks. Their canoes are $20, plus a $20 deposit. You float down the Elkhart River from Goshen to Oxbow Park in Dunlap. The trip takes about 4 hours.
Lazy Days Canoe and Kayak Rental also has a trip on the Elkhart River. You can go from SR 13 to Bainertown. This is a 11 mile trip and takes you through DeFries Gardens County Park. Rental for a canoe is $40 for two people and a kayak is $32.
Lazy Days Canoes has 3 St. Joe River trips. The first trip is 8 miles, and takes you from Mottville to Bristol. It takes about 3.5 – 5 hours. Rental for a canoe is $36 for two people and a kayak $28.
The second trip is from Bristol to CR 17. It is a 5 mile trip, and lasts 1-3 hours. Please contact for rental prices.
The third trip is only for those that are hearty and in great physical shape. It goes from Mottville to CR 17. This trip is 13 miles and takes 5.5 – 7 hours. Please contact for rental prices.
Going on the River will allows you to experience wild life, and a slower pace of traveling. It’s a great way to discover Amish Country, and have a new experience.