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Participants can enjoy these runs in small groups of 6 up to a large group of 28. Although trip locations are sometimes dependent on weather and water conditions, back up plans are readily available. Custom program dates are available for groups of 10 or more.  All equipment is provided. Pre-registration and a $20 /group deposit is required by noon on the Friday prior. Deposit is transferable only with advance notice by noon on the Friday prior.

Review the following options and schedule your trip today to ensure availability!

Click here
for a downloadable trip registration form. Call (812) 479-0771 ext. 105 for more information.

2015 Canoe Evansville Schedule

Download the 2015 Canoe Evansville Schedule

 

Paddle With Your Pooch And Canoe Evansville

Pooch Paddle 2012

Take your pooch for a family-friendly paddle on a scenic lake.

Experienced naturalist guides and canoe equipment will be provided (dog life jackets are recommended but not provided).

Pre-registration and a $20 /group deposit is required by noon on the Friday prior. Deposit is transferable only with advance notice by noon on the Friday prior.

Pooch Paddle 2

 

Poker Paddle

Join Canoe Evansville for a new twist on the classic poker run: a Poker Paddle!
Enjoy the scenic view and quiet waters of nearby Lynnville Lake as you collect your poker hand from a canoe!  Canoes, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided.

 

Canoe Abouts

Go on a paddling adventure to explore local waterways around the Evansville region.
Join us on a paddle to explore this new Canoe Evansville destination. Experience a scenic paddle around and about the lake's undulating shoreline to enjoy local scenery and wildlife.  Trip leaves from Wesselman Woods. Cost is $20/person or $70/family of 4. Pre registration required by noon on Friday prior. Call Neal Bogan at 479-0771 ext. 105.


* Patoka River Trip
This all day trip takes you through the Patoka River Wildlife Refuge. We travel about 16 miles down the Patoka River through some of the best bottomland habitat in Indiana. This is a great trip to see migratory birds and other native wildlife including eagles, otters, deer, and many other species. We will be on the water for around 6 hours with a lunch break. Participants should bring a bag lunch and bottled water. Binoculars and cameras can be brought but are the individuals responsibility.
Pre-registration required. $25 per person, $20 /group deposit is required by noon on the Friday prior.

For reservations or more information, call (812) 479-0771 ext. 105

 

Pigeon Creek:

Let’s go Canoeing! We invite you to join us on the beautiful and scenic Pigeon Creek. Get away from the stress of everyday city life and see the heart of Evansville. The creek is a wildlife oasis in the middle of a bustling city. It provides habitats for various fish, waterfowl, and mammals. Outdoor aquatic ecology, recreation, and education are waiting for you. Choose the trip option that best fits you or your group’s needs!

Wildlife in the City:


This trip takes you along the Pigeon Creek Greenway passage and into the heart of the city of Evansville. Learn about the geology, ecology, and the environmental implications of city water trails. Relax on this 5 mile trip and find out how the Pigeon Creek corridor is an oasis of wildlife, hidden to the public eye. Check the WNS Events Calendar for scheduled trips click here. Pre-registration required by noon the Friday prior. Or contact us if you would like to book a private trip for your group or organization. Trip leaves from the Wesselman Woods Nature Center.

Age:
7 and up
Cost: $20 per person
Average Length: About 3 hours


 

Moonlight Paddles:
Spend the evening on a guided canoe trip under the full moon at the serene Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area just north of Evansville or amidst the cypress forest at Hovey Lake (just south of Mt. Vernon, IN). Pre-registration required by noon the Friday prior. Trip leaves from the Wesselman Woods Nature Center.


Age: 7 and up
Cost: $20 per person
Average Length: About 3 hours



 
   
 

Hovey Lake:

Canoe Evansville is now providing guided tours at Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area. This natural oxbow lake, located near the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers is inhabited by various waterfowl including Cormorants, Ospreys, Egrets and a family of Bald Eagles. Bald Cypress trees are found half submerged throughout the lake, providing the unique experience of paddling through what seems to be an enchanted forest. Pre-registration required by noon the Friday prior. Trip leaves from the Wesselman Woods Nature Center.

Age:
7 and up
Cost: $20 per person
Average length: About 3 hours


Contact us to schedule your group trip to Hovey Lake.

 
   
 

Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area:

Join Canoe Evansville for a guided paddle under the full moon at the serene nature preserve north of the City. This area is an example of a successful reclamation of lands for recreational use and wildlife habitat. Canoe Evansville guided tours on Loon Pit (a designated nesting area for water fowl) offer paddlers exciting wildlife viewing opportunities while exploring the many fingers and coves of this body of water. Pre-registration required by noon the Friday prior. Trip leaves from the Wesselman Woods Nature Center.

Age:
7 and up
Cost: $20 per person
Average length: About 3 hours


Contact us to schedule your group trip to Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area.

 


Pigeon Creek:
From its humble beginnings as a few small trickles and ponds in Princeton, Indiana in Gibson County, the Pigeon Creek runs through two more counties before emptying into the Ohio River just downstream of the Riverfront Plaza in Evansville.

In the past the banks of Pigeon Creek have been home to several businesses, including a textile mill, which was abandoned in the early 20th century. In the 1800s, one would’ve found the heart of Evansville along the Pigeon Creek, where the Wabash-Erie Canal provided flatboats access to the Ohio River near the mouth (about where the Lloyd Expressway bridge now crosses the Pigeon Creek). Unfortunately farm practices in the past channelized many of the tiny streams that feed the creek (the headwaters), and construction of the Wabash-Erie Canal in the 1800s significantly altered the natural channel of the creek as it flows south past Millersburg toward Stephenson Station. However, the canal ceased to follow the Pigeon Creek where its current path drastically changes from a southern path to a western one in Warrick County. This left the majority of the remaining stretch undeveloped, and in comparison to other streams in urban cities, WILD and winding!

The creek, as a wildlife oasis in the middle of a bustling city, provides habitats for various fish, waterfowl, and mammals. If it is not protected and respected, Pigeon creek and its forested stream banks will no longer provide safe passage for wildlife to travel among our region’s farm and forest areas. With urban development comes an ethical responsibility to replace habitat that is lost. Bank stabilization and restoration will help give back some of the habitat and enhance Pigeon Creek’s ability to protect us humans and our homes from flooding, and give wildlife the opportunity to move among nature preserves, such as Wesselman Woods, in urban areas to forested rural areas.

Pre-registration required by noon the Friday prior. Or contact us if you would like to book a private trip for your group or organization. Trip leaves from the Wesselman Woods Nature Center.

Age:
7 and up
Cost: $20 per person
Average Length: About 3 hours

Contact us to schedule your group trip to Pigeon Creek.

 
 

Customized Programs:

Get the Most out of our Programs! Let us help you have more FUN! If you have a particular interest in Pigeon Creek (i.e. history, ecology, etc.) our trained canoe guides can provide a more specialized program to cater to your group’s needs. Group discounts are available. Tell us about your group’s special interests, whether you have:

  • Family Groups
  • Scout Groups
  • Church Groups
  • School Clubs
  • Senior Citizens groups
  • Outdoor Clubs
  • Birding groups
  • Social or Volunteer Organizations
  • Interested individuals

Contact Program Naturalist Neal Bogan (Email or phone: 812-479-0771 ext. 105) for more information.

 

 
For other Wesselman Nature Society programs, see our events calendar (click here).  

 

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