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

The Driftwood River flows from the confluence of the Big Blue River and Sugar Creek to the East Fork of the White River at Columbus, Indiana. It winds through farmland with wooded strips bordering both banks along most of its 16 mile length. The upper section is quite natural but limited development is noticeable along the southern reaches. Vegetation includes silver maple, box elder, green ash, sycamore, cottonwood, and black willow. The careful observer will notice wood ducks, great blue herons, kingfishers, fox squirrels, and spotted sandpipers as the season warrants.

Driftwood River Map

Hunting and fishing is permitted at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area in Johnson County off U.S. 31. In addition, picnicking and playground facilities can be found at Millrace Park in Columbus, the take-out site. Fishing in the Driftwood River can yield sunfish, rock bass, bass, and catfish.

The best put-in site is about 1 mile north of the confluence of the Big Blue and the Driftwood Rivers. From State Highway 252 and U.S. 31 at Edinburgh, go west one-half mile on Camp Atterbury Road to the public fishing site. There is a launching ramp in the campground on the northeast corner of the bridge over Sugar Creek for the beginning of a 17 mile trip down the Driftwood. Allow approximately five hours of canoeing time to complete the float. Near the Big Blue River and Sugar Creek confluence, take the East Channel.

The take-out site is at the public launching ramp in Millrace Park. The best route for your car shuttle is to take State Highway 252 to Interstate 65, heading south on I-65 to the State Highway 46 exit. Go east on State Highway 46 toward Columbus, cross the White River Bridge then turn left (north) on the first one-way street. Continue for two blocks and then at Fifth Street go west one block to Millrace Park.

The banks of Driftwood River for the most part are private property, so please respect the private property. Doctor and hospital facilities are available in Columbus