Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

NON-HCKC Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous

  • August 05, 2022
  • August 07, 2022
  • Wildcat Creek

The 37th Annual

Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous

August 5th,6th,& 7th,2022

    The IPR has proven to be one of the overall best paddling events in Indiana.  If you've never attended, rest assured it is worth your time.  Come prepared to enjoy one of the nicest small Streams in Indiana,

to relax with old Paddling buddies, and to make new friends.


This event is open to members of Canoe & Kayak Clubs,

Internet Paddling Groups, and River Protection Organizations

who have their own personal equipment and enough skills

for an enjoyable day on a Swift Flowing Natural Stream.

Please take this opportunity to pass this Trip Announcement

on to any of the above mentioned organizations

with which you have connections.

 But please avoid wide open public, media,

or Facebook announcements.

MUSKRAT's Notes on the IPR:



Here is a basic timetable for the IPR,

just in case you receive no further information.

The dates for 2022 are Friday, Saturday& Sunday, August 5-6-7.

Directions to all locations are provided below.


Whenever and Where ever you arrive at the IPR,

please proceed directly to the Registration Table.



FRIDAY August 5th:

The first activity of the weekend will be a Trip on Wildcat Creek Friday afternoon; Meeting Time is 3:00-PM at Wildcat Park (Directions Below). 

Where we will Paddle will be announced at that time, and the Shuttle will

begin immediately thereafter; please arrive early.


There will be a BYO Campfire Cookout at Wildcat Park following this Cruise.  The IPR Paddler's Campsite will be available at Wildcat Park for both Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to special arrangement with the Tippecanoe County Parks Dept.  Camping is strictly "Primitive" with no electricity available.  The only utilities are water, pit toilets, and Bathing in the Creek.


2 Lovely Camping Nights At Wildcat Park


SATURDAY August 6th:

Saturday’s Creek Trip will begin at Knop Lake Public Fishing Area (Directions Below).  This will cover 13.6-miles and end at Wildcat Park.  There will be an alternate Takeout for a 9-mile Trip.  Lunch at The Gravelbar is BYO.

Shuttle Departure Time is 9:00-AM from Knop Lake PAS.  You should plan

to arrive at Knop Lake PAS absolutely no later than 8:30-AM

(8-AM would be better; it really gets crowded with all the people arriving).


Saturday’s Traditional Chili Supper will begin serving at 6-PM

at the Paddler's Campsite in Wildcat Park (Directions Below).


>>>>>>> Chili Supper Reservations are the only advance notice you are asked to provide.  Simply provide your name and your number of

Chili Eaters, so Muskrat can make sure to cook enough for everyone.

Please make Chili Reservations at garryhill@aol.com.


    The Wildcat Guardians Annual Benefit Auction (one of the most

"Laugh-Filled" parts of the entire weekend) will be held immediately

after the Chili Supper at Wildcat Park.  If you have any items to offer for sale, please present them at the Registration Table whenever you arrive.


IPR Chili Supper at Wildcat Park Saturday Evening Every Year


SUNDAY August 7th:

Sunday’s Creek Trip will meet at Wildcat Park (Directions Below).  Shuttle departure is 9:00-AM-Sharp.  Please arrive Early.  Lunch at The Gravelbar

is BYO.  This Trip varies from year to year, but usually covers the 9-miles from Wildcat Park to the Wabash River.  Launch and Takeout locations

will be announced to everyone who arrives at Wildcat Park in time for

Shuttle Departure at 9:00-AM Sunday morning.


For any questions email garryhill@aol.com

or call Muskrat at 765-432-6782.





Muskrat's Wildcat Creek Expedition Team utilizes the "Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer" for accurate directions to River access locations all over Indiana.  This Indiana map book is the absolute best for River People.

The directions below are based on the use of this book.

The Gazetteer can be found at Staples, some Meijer's and Wal-Mart stores, bookstores, convenience stores, and others.





Directions To Wildcat Park
Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31:
Find Monitor on SR-26, east of Lafayette.  Go North from Monitor on

CR 775-E.  Then, at a "T", turn áLeft on CR 300-N.

Watch for yellow "IPR" marks on the pavement.

Then, áLeft again onto CR 600-E (not written on map).

600-E will drop steeply down into the Valley and make a sharp Right Curve.

The Entrance to Wildcat Park is on the áLeft, about ½-mile after that Curve. 

Watch for the "IPR" signs.


Another option:  Take SR-26 West from I-65 (toward Lafayette).

Turn Rightâ at Creasy Lane.  Follow this street around a curve,

over the Interstate, and across Wildcat Creek.

At the end of that Bridge, turn Rightâ onto Eisenhower Road.

Wildcat Park will be on the Rightâ in about 1-1/2-miles.

Watch for the "IPR" signs.


For GPS Folks:  5129 Eisenhower Road, Lafayette, IN 47905


IPR Signs Directing You To Wildcat Park




Directions To Knop Lake Public Access Site

Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 32:



1)  From US-31 or SR-931 south of Kokomo, head West on SR-26. 

About 4-¼ miles West of Rossville, just after the Town of Edna Mills,

turn Rightâ onto CR 900-W; watch for a Green Sign to "Pyrmontâ".

Go to NEXT>>>


2)  From I-65 at Lafayette, head East on SR-26. Approximately 7-½ miles East of the Interstate, turn áLeft from SR-26 onto CR 900-W;

watch for Green Sign to "áPyrmont". This is just after the Village of Petit,

and 1-mile after the County Line.  Go to NEXT>>>


Next>>>   In 2-½ miles turn Rightâ on CR 650-S (Church on Left).

The Entrance to Knop Lake State Fishing Area is on the áLeft in ½-mile.

Go slow and watch closely; you can easily miss the Entrance Sign,

in a wooded area, going downhill.

Watch for yellow "IPR" marks on the pavement, and "IPR" Signs.

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For GPS Folks:  Carroll County Road 650-S at (about) 720-W.

    Follow the gravel road past the Pond (Knop Lake), keeping to the áLeft

at every fork, following the IPR-signs, until you reach the Registration Area.  Then follow the directions of the Volunteers, and they will get you to the

Launch Site as soon as possible.  


 (On a State Hwy Map, Rossville is located east of Lafayette,

south of Delphi, west of Kokomo.) 



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"It Breaks My Heart to Think About Losing Wildcat Park", 

said Muskrat while writing this Trip Announcement.





See You At The IPR,

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Snail-Mail to 1021 Eastcrest Drive, Greentown, IN 46936-1612

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