The first weekend of August, canoe enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest come to paddle the Wildcat Creek. Sometimes they walk, sometimes they float, but canoe and kayak enthusiasts enjoy the stream.
This is the twenty-fifth Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous. Garry Hill, one of the founders of Wildcat Guardians, coordinated this year’s event. Co-sponsored by the Wildcat Guardians and Wildcat Creek Foundation, this event has long been a good time to show off the stream.
Much of the stream has the designation of natural scenic stream. One of three such designations in the state, the Wildcat attracts fans with high end equipment and folks on inner tubes.
Dozens of paddlers set up camp in the Wildcat Park Friday afternoon. Earlybirds joined a short paddle from Mi-So-La access on 775 E to Wildcat Park. David Innskeep of the Wildcat Guardians entertained campers with an impromptu jam session.
On Saturday, more paddlers joined them. Putting in at Knop Lake near Pyrmont, folks paddled the north fork to Wildcat Park. Live music was supplied by the Dulcimer Gathering, also in their 25th year. The traditional chili supper was served after the music. The last organized event of the evening was the auction. Jokes, tall tales and conversations around the campfire closed the day.
Sunday paddlers put in at Wildcat Park and pulled out at Davis Ferry Park on the Wabash River.
For paddlers who didn’t bring their own equipment, a special rental arrangement with Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Too took care of their lack. (link)
If you are interested in this annual event, or in paddling the Wildcat, check with the Wildcat Guardians. (link to their website)
C2010 Rosemary Halsema