8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 28
Explorers of all ages invited for a free
and easy Eel River canoe float Aug. 28
Area residents will see firsthand the natural and historical beauty of the Eel River during a free canoe float to the historic Stockdale Mill on Saturday, Aug. 28. Last year, a similar easygoing float drew more than 60 explorers of all ages and rave reviews.
The float is designed for the beginning canoeist, but will give paddlers of all skill levels opportunity to learn about the $1 million conservation and cleanup initiative of federal, state and local agencies, organizations and individuals led by Manchester College.
“This free event is especially for the public to see this wonderful resource firsthand, and to learn about the challenges and the possibilities of the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative," said Terri Michaelis, watershed coordinator. “Bring your family, friends and neighbors.”
The day begins at the Stockdale Mill with 8:30 a.m. registration and a brief safety and informational meeting. Then participants will be shuttled upriver to the Indiana 15 launching site. Canoeists will examine the fish species, learn about otters, mussels, Native American history, water monitoring procedures and tour Stockdale Mill. When they return to Stockdale Mill, canoeists will lunch on creek bank potatoes.
This family friendly event provides both recreation and experience, notes Michaelis in quoting Jeff Rennicke, author of River Days: "There is no rushing a river. When you go there, you are at the pace of the water and that pace ties you into a flow that is older than life on this planet. Acceptance of that pace, even for a day, changes us, reminds us of other rhythms beyond the sound of our own heartbeats."
All participants must register in advance. Canoes, paddles, life jackets, lunch and snacks will be provided free. Paddlers with their own canoes or kayaks are welcome, but will need to provide their own staging and transportation. Restrooms are at the Mill, as well as ample parking.
To register, contact the Initiative at 260-982-5101 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here.
For more about the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative, click here.
Middle Eel River
Terri Michaelis, Coordinator
Science Center, Room 211
North Manchester, IN 46962
Eel River canoe float
flyer, map, registration
Stockdale Mill map
Read more about the Initiative
in Manchester magazine