Closed until April, then for the weekends only

You have questions. We have answers.
We're here to answer all your questions and ensure you have a wonderful trip.

Group on River

What trips are available today and what are river conditions?

Please view our River Conditions page for current weather,
river conditions, and trip availability.

River information, including which trips are open, is also available
24/7 from any touch tone phone by calling 812-365-2705, ext. 2 then #1.
We open at 8:00 am and the last trip out is 3:00 pm for the 1/2 day.
Please be here by 2:30 pm to catch the last bus out. The bus runs about
every 45 minutes.
You need to return back at the Cave Country Canoes before dark.
Full day, if available, be at the canoe rental by 10:30 am on weekdays
and 11:30 on weekends.

What should I wear, bring with me, or leave at home?

Please see our Trip Planning page for a list of
exactly what to bring, what not to bring, and how to best prepare for
your canoe trip.

Red Kayak on Blue River

Do I need any special skills to kayak on Blue River?

No. No special skills are needed.

Check out our Kayak page to learn more about Kayaks.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)

Can we fill out release waivers in advance?

Please do. It will save you quite a bit of time if you are part of a

Download our release waiver.

Can we bring our preschoolers or infants?

Children must be at least 3 years old and weigh no less than 30 pounds.
If you have a child that is three years old or older and does NOT weigh
30 pounds, then you must furnish a US Coast Guard approved life jacket;
our smallest life jackets are for 30-50 pounds.

Dog in Canoe

Can we bring pets?

Certainly, please bring your four legged friends.

We do ask that you leave them outside and keep them on a leash until you
get into the canoe. After that, take your pet off the leash and enjoy
the trip.

When's the best time of year to come?

Most people prefer water levels that aren’t high and swift, making June
and July the best time for most trips. Saturdays are our busiest days,
followed by Sundays. Weekdays are usually slower.

We are open daily May through August and weekends in April, September,
and October. Call for additional hours and conditions, 812-365-2705
press 0.

Coupon Going through Rapids

What class of rapids are found on Blue River?

Most of the rapids are Class I, the easiest to maneuver. This makes Blue
River an excellent stream for family canoeing. In the spring, when water
levels tend to be the best, there are several Class II rapids on our
full-day 14 mile trip on the lower river section.

Average Drops

A larger drop means you will find faster current.

  • 7 mile trip - 2.2 feet per mile
  • 12 mile trip - 2.9 feet per mile
  • 14 mile trip - 4.2 feet per mile

Can we leave our keys in the office?

Sorry we can’t hold your keys for you.

What's the fishing like?

Blue River is noted for its small mouth bass, spotted bass, channel
catfish, and flathead catfish. Indiana fishing regulations apply.
Licenses are required for those 17 and older.

DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Info

Two People in a Canoe

How many people can ride in a canoe?

Our canoes have two seats so two paddlers are ideal. However, a third
canoer is allowed if water levels are high enough. Children 12 and under
may go free as the third person in a canoe. Individuals 13 or older
always pay regular rates.

Kayaks are a great option for groups with an uneven
number of people.

What types of kayaks are available?

We offer both “sit in” and “sit-on-top” one person kayaks. Kayaks have
become an increasingly popular way to experience Blue River. The cost to
rent a kayak is slightly higher. Due to increasing popularity, kayaks
can now be reserved.

We have 4 types of kayaks: Jackson, Vapor, Crickets, and Riviera.

For more information see our Kayak page.

Will you haul my personal canoe or kayak?

Yes, we will. However, you must choose a trip that we are currently
running. There is a $20 per craft charge that is non-refundable.

People on Gravel Bar

Where can we stop and get out?

You are only allowed to stop on sandbars or islands. The majority of the
land along Blue River is privately owned.

Marengo Cave National Landmark

What else is there to do while we're in the area?

Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Landmark,
is only five minutes away. Your family can enjoy two outstanding cave
tours, pan for gems at their gemstone mine, shop for unique gifts, or
squeeze through The Crawl.

Check out our Nearby page for some other ideas.

What time should we arrive?

Times may vary due to rising and falling water levels. Always call ahead
for the best departure time. We operate on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

What does your pricing include?

We provide life vests, paddles, a litter bag, a map, an opportunity to
view an instructional video, and transportation from the operating base
to the “put-in” and/or “take-out” location.

How many and what kind of canoes do you rent?

We are a large outfitter with over 400 canoes and kayaks. Most of our
canoes are Old Town Discovery 158’s (15’8” long), we also have Winona,
Nova Craft and Paluski. We also offer 17” aluminum canoes.

Any tips on basic safety?

Please watch these embedded safety videos for some great safety tips and
river sense.


Is local camping available?

Cave Country Canoes Camping

Cave Country Canoes offers primitive/non electric sites with a river
view. Our campground provides modern showers and restrooms facilities.
Call 812-365-2705 ext 0 for more details or reservations.

Marengo Cave is close, sites are
perfect for tent camping or small campers. O’Bannon Woods State
offer public camping
facility as does Patoka Lake.

How do I get in the boat?

Easily, we’ll show you how.