Canoe/Kayak Trips on the West Fork of the White River

Half-day Trips

Rusty Oar to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks/Tandem Kayaks
  • Length: 2-3 hours / approx 6 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 9am to 3pm daily

Description: Our most popular trip;  check-in/park at our River Ave livery, depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in UP RIVER at our Rusty Oar property for a 2-3 hour float back to the River Ave livery.


White River Campground to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks
  • Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / approx 9 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 9am to 11am daily **Same-day / Call-ahead reservations not available for this trip on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Description: Check-in/park at our River Ave. livery, depart via bus/shuttle to the drop-in UP RIVER at the White River Campground near Strawtown for a 3.5-4.5 hour float back to the River Ave. livery. This trip requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You'll need to be physically capable of carrying (not dragging) your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.


Livery to Wapahani Landing Half Day

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks
  • Length: 3.5-4.5 hours / 9.5 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 11am-1pm daily
  • Shuttles from Wapahani back to our livery run at approximately 4pm and 6-6:30pm.

Description: Check-in / park at our River Ave livery and launch from the same facility for a 9.5 mile / 3.5-4.5 hour float down river to the Wapahani Landing at 116th Street. We pick you up at the end of your trip at Wapahani Landing/116th Street and shuttle you back up to your car at our River Ave livery. Shuttles run at approximately 4pm and 6-6:30pm. Additional fees apply for missing the 6-6:30pm shuttle.
Important Note: Please read our info on the Wapahani Landing trip HERE.


Lafayette Trace to White River Campground - Campers-only Trip

You must have confirmed reservations for camping at White River Campground to book this trip!

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks - You must book your canoes/kayaks online
  • Length: 2-3 hours / 5+ miles
  • Departure: Approximately bottom of the hour, 10:30am – 12:30pm on weekends and some weekdays… see current availabilities on the reservation system
  • View FULL Map

Description: We pick up at the shelter at White River Campground around the bottom of the hour and shuttle UP River to Lafayette Trace Park for a 5+ mile / 2-3 hour paddle back down to the Campground. No need to leave the campground to go paddling!!!


Full-day Trips

Perkinsville (or Lafayette Trace) to our Livery

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks
  • Length: 5.5-8 hours / approx 15 & 18 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 9am only daily (not offered early and late season). Same-day / Call-ahead reservations not available for this trip on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. You must book online.

Description: Check-in /park at our River Ave livery, depart via shuttle to the drop-in UP RIVER at either the Lafayette Trace Park or Perkinsville access points for a 5.5-8 hour float back to the River Ave livery. This trip requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying (not dragging) your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.


Rusty Oar to Wapahani Landing

  • Available for Canoes/Kayaks
  • Length: 6-8 hours / approx 16 miles / View FULL Map
  • Departure: 9am and 10am daily
  • Shuttles from Wapahani back to our livery run at approximately 4pm and 6-6:30pm.

Description: Check in/park at our River Ave. livery, depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in up river at our Rusty Oar property for a 6-8 hour float down river to the Wapahani Landing at 116th Street. You are required to make a quick stop at the River Ave landing on your way down to sign a time sheet so we know your status. You must check-in at this point NO LATER THAN 2:00PM to continue. We pick you up at the end of your trip at Wapahani Landing/116th Street and shuttle you back up to your car at our River Ave. livery. Shuttles run at approximately 4pm and 6-6:30pm. Additional fees apply for missing the 6-6:30pm shuttle.
Important Note: Please read our info on the Wapahani Landing trip HERE.


Overnight Camp

Description: Check in/park at our River Road livery, depart via shuttle/bus to the drop-in UP RIVER at the Perkinsville access. You will float approximately 12 miles to our Rusty Oar property on the first day, camping at Rusty Oar, and finish at our River Road livery on the second day after a 6-mile float.  This trip requires the portage around the low-head dam at Clare across from the Rusty Oar property. You’ll need to be physically capable of carrying your canoe/kayak and gear on the portage.
Important Note: Please read the info regarding the portage HERE.


Livery Service

We provide livery/transport service for your privately owned canoes and kayaks on our regular trip departure and pick-up schedules. Please see the trip descriptions above for detailed information and requirements. Pricing (taxes and fees included) can be found by clicking the BOOK NOW button on each trip. You MUST have your own paddles and U.S. Coast Guard approved life vests when bringing your own canoe or kayak.


General Information:

Current pricing can be found by clicking the BOOK NOW button and finding the trip you wish to schedule. Cut off is 2-4 hours prior to approximate departure time depending on specific trip, subject to availability, shown real-time in the system. All weekend reservations should be made via the online system from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend due to high call volumes on those days.

Walk-ins are welcome with exceptions noted below subject to availability and $5-7 surcharge (taxes and fees included) to the pricing listed on line. Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Exceptions:  The following trips cannot accept walk-ins from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:  White River Campground and Lafayette Trace/Perkinsville.  These trips must be booked on line.

Reservation times are APPROXIMATE departure times.  Buses depart around the top of the hour each hour.  Wait times are common on weekends and holidays, especially for walk-in guests and afternoon departures.  We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.  No refunds, discounts, or rain-checks are given due to wait times.

Canoe prices are based on 2-person occupancy.  Add $12.50 for additional person over 10 years of age or weighing over 100# riding as a 3rd occupant subject to water level and weather conditions. At WRCC's sole discretion in low water conditions, the third person may be required to take a single kayak for the same fee.  No additional charge for children 10 and under riding as the third occupant.

Schedules and trip offerings change with early season and late season.  Early season is April through Memorial Day weekend. Late season is September (after Labor Day) and October.


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