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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Outdoor Recreation > Trails > Indiana Canoeing > Water Trail Guide > Iroquois River Iroquois River

The Iroquois is a slow, winding, lazy river, which in large part was by-passed by the settlers and developers who pushed progress into Indiana. The muddy waters flow approximately 94 miles through rich farmland which was once swampland and was untouched by pioneers until as late as 1850. Today the area has been extensively drained and the Iroquois flows through prairies and narrow woodlands passing a few cabins as it twists westward into Illinois.

Iroquois River Map

The river is very shallow and slow-moving, dropping only inches per mile. It is usually canoeable year round from east of Brook, Indiana and continuing to the state line, a trip of approximately 16 miles, lasting about seven hours. The banks are pocketed with swamp milkweed and swamp rose mallow, oak, hickory, walnut, cottonwood, willow and ash. The canoeist can chance upon squirrels, raccoon, chipmunks, ducks and turtles and can fish for carp and catfish around the drifts or smallmouth bass and panfish downstream.

We recommend putting in at the State Road 16 bridge, two miles east of Brook, Indiana. Parking is available at a small rest area on the west side of the bridge. The bank at the northwest corner of the bridge is steep but footing is good along the 50-yard trek to the water. A small picnic area and access point is located on the north side of the Iroquois just before the first bridge. Watch for log jams before the second bridge and slightly beyond. Throughout the trip there no dams, but one can expect to encounter these infrequent log jams or pullovers. An additional access site on the left side at County Road 450 West is difficult but can be used in the event of an emergency.

The take-out site is at the state line bridge. The bridge is washed out over the river and unapproachable by car from the north, but on the south there is room to park and turn around. The bank on the southwest corner of the bridge is steep but passable with a climb of 50 yards to the road. From the put-in site your car shuttle should drive west on State Road 16 to Highway 41 then turn south. Across the Iroquois, turn right on the first road, County Road 1250 S. Go west about 5 1/2 miles to the state line then turn right 1/2 mile to the river.

Camping and recreation facilities are located at Tippecanoe River State Park. Hunting, fishing, bird and animal watching, and camping opportunities are available at Willow Slough State Fish and Wildlife Area near Morocco, Indiana on State Highway 41, about twelve miles north of the take-out site. For emergencies George Ade Hospital is located within 300 yards of the put-in site on State Road 16.