Kayaking & Canoeing

River Adventures: See a whole new side of Elkhart County from a kayak or canoe. Locals love to paddle the stretch of the Elkhart River between Elkhart and Goshen, where the waterway alternates between rural tranquility and the excitement of friendly hellos from the riverbank. Paddle the Millrace Canal in Goshen and you might come across an outdoor concert, join in on the “full moon float” or portage over to Goshen Brewing Co. for a beer.

New Elkhart canoe and kayak launch sites:

• Beardsley Park: 135 E. Beardsley Ave. It’s immediately east of Main Street on the St. Joseph River’s northern bank.
New ADA-compliant kayak launch and access to the river for fishing.

• Edgewater Park: On Edgewater Boulevard on the south bank of the St. Joseph River. From Nappanee Street (Indiana 19), one block south of the river, turn east on Vermont Street, then left on Waurika Street, which curves into Edgewater at the park.


Indiana businesses & organizations that rent canoes, kayaks, and other watercraft

Elkhart River Canoe and Fidler Pond Boat Rentals - Take a canoe trip on the Elkhart River or enjoy Fidler Pond with a canoe, kayak or pedal boat.

RAW RAW Outdoors Canoe & Kayak Rentals (574) 322-0573

New Beginnings Canoe & Kayak (574) 214-5179

Coyne Kayaks (574) 536-8889

If traveling with your own gear, you can park and launch at Congdon & Hermance Parks
(Bristol) or the Six Span Bridge (CR 17, Elkhart).


Where to Paddle: on.in.gov/wheretopaddle

Info: https://paddling.com/