Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

SK: Cagles Mill (Cataract Falls) Highwater Trip

  • April 20, 2019
  • Lieber SRA, 1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1 Cloverdale, IN 46120

Cagles Mill Lake Paddle from Lieber SRA Beach       Sunday April 21, 2019
Trips Sponsor:   Jim Sprandel

This year, we are going to paddle Cagles Mill Lake . The lake has a different feel when the water level is closer to winter stage.   This is always a fun paddle because it always feels different depending on the water level,    One year, we were able to paddle up to and under the Upper Fall.    The Lower Falls was about 5 feet below us when we passed them.  Pretty cool. 

We will launch from the beach at Lieber State Recreation Area.   If the beach is still underwater, we can launch from the road down to the beach and park at the top of the hill.    We will then paddle down the lake past Cunot PAS and up to the falls.  We do not launch from Cunot because it will still be underwater for a while.   

The trip from the Lieber SRA Ramp up to the falls is about 6.5 miles and the first 2.5 miles cross open portions of Cagles Mills Lake which can get choppy and windy.

We will probably have lunch up at the lower falls.  Shore conditions at the falls are very dependent on water level.  

Meeting Place:  If the lake stage is below 629, we will meet at the East end of the Swimming Beach at Lieber SRA.  If the lake is above 630, we will either have to unload our boats on the road down to beach or we may be able to use the ramp parking area at the west end of the beach which is a few feet higher than the beach.  

Directions:  From I-70 and I-465 on the Indianapolis West side, drive west on I-70 to the SR 243 exit (Exit 37).  Drive about 3 miles south on SR 243 to the Lieber SRA Entrance and follow the signs to the beach within the park.  (The SRA is approximately 45 minutes from I-465 and I-70 on the Indy West Side.) 

Note:  There is a $7 fee to enter the park and you must have a DNR Sticker for you boat—these stickers are usually available at the SRA gate.

What to Bring:   Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sun screen, and insect repellent.  I strongly recommend a spray skirt since we may be dealing with wind and boat chop in the first 3 miles.

   Due to the mileage and possible lake conditions, sea kayaks or touring kayaks with spray skirts are recommended

Paddling Distance:   13-15 miles.

Schedule:  Plan on being at the put-in and ready to launch at 10:00 am—we should get off the water around 3:00 pm

Contact Information:  Please e-mail me at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net by 6:00 pm on the Thursday before the passle if you plan to attend so I can get latest conditions to you

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