Please join us as we paddle our annual East Fork White River trip on Saturday ,July 21st.This year we will paddle from the Brownstown DNR access to Medora Covered Bridge DNR access for a total of 9.4 miles. We will pass under three nineteenth century historic bridges on this route that is highlighted by some of the states longest and numerous sandbars.
Our put-in @ 10AM is the Brownstown DNR access site located 2 miles west of the courthouse on U.S. 50 directly before the bridge on the left (SE corner) with a marked sign (Delorme Atlas page 51 G9). Our take-out will be adjacent to the historic Medora Covered Bridge/ S.R. 235 bridge @ the Medora DNR access site located 2 miles east of Medora. The put-in is located 69 miles from the center of Indy and the best route is I-65 south to exit 55 (SR 11), then south on 11 for five miles to Seymour and US 50. Turn right (west) onto US 50 and proceed for 12 miles (through Brownstown and the courthouse) to before the US 50 bridge over the East Fork White River and immediately turn left into the (sign marked) DNR access parking lot. If you cross the bridge you have gone too far.
Our paddle on one of Indiana's few reliable 24/7/365 water available streams should provide a steady 2 m.p.h. current on a laid back summer journey. Expect about four hours paddle time on the river which averages a 125-250 foot width with a total shuttle of 19 miles of which all are highway related. This trip was last experienced in 2011.
A bridge tour will be conducted at the finish on the historic 1875 Medora Covered Bridge which is the longest standing covered bridge in the U.S.and second longest in the world. The bridge went through an extensive renovation on our last trip here and is truly an engineering marvel coming in at the size of one and a half football fields. The other two old bridges we will paddle under are the Vallonia Iron Bridge (1887, 250' and 2 span) and the old 3 span B and O Railroad Trestle built 1898 and covering 286'.
Please call 812 767-1317 or email to CANOEINDIANA@YAHOO.COM by 10pm on Friday, July 20. Please leave a cell number for a last minute change if bizarre weather conditions exist (last year was completely flooded). Sincerely, East Fork White trip leader since 2010 = Richard Tekulve, North Vernon IN.
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