01 October 2008

Kayaking the Tippy

Having found this new fondness of kayaking, after a great trip on Sugar Creek just a month ago, it was not difficult at all to be talked into a camping/kayaking trip by the guys. We headed to the Tippecanoe River by Winamac for an overnight stay at Tippecanoe River State Park and kayaking the next morning.

I've canoed the Yellow River before, but, unfortunately Yellow River fans, the Tippy has it all over our beloved Wythougan. The river is broader, cleaner.......and you're not afraid to get out (or fall out) of the boat and wade. While I still believe Sugar Creek at Turkey Run & Shades is the real kayaking gem of Indiana, not many rivers could be outdone by the Tippecanoe.

And....I come away with this belief, more resolved than ever, that our state tree should be the sycamore and our state bird, the Great Blue Heron. These majestic trees line our riverways as if sentries of the natural beauty of Indiana. And just as you round a bend in the river, the Great Blue takes flight with its wide stretching wingspan as if a living prehistoric relic of ancient times when the glaciers had just subsided.

So what's your favorite river?

8 comments:

jimgrey said...

I've lived near the St. Joseph, the Wabash, and the White, and of those I like the St. Joseph. But truly, nothing beats the Ohio. It's in a class by itself.

vanilla said...

The sycamore is indeed majestic. The younger set might say "awesome." As for the heron, I believe he can be found in 49 of our states.

Enjoy that kayak. At my stage of life, keeping the feet dry is more to the point.

Anonymous said...

A neighbor recently showed me some pictures of smallmouth bass and walleye (yes walleye) that he has caught in the Yellow River this summer right here in Marshall County and some, believe it not River City!! IF we could get the general public to stop treating the river like a sewer and change its image the Yellow could heal itself! I agree however that the Tippy is a "gem" of Indiana and a true rarity in Northern Indiana!!

hoosier reborn said...

yeah, and maybe change the name to "Dandelion River" too

Anonymous said...

Hey leave that Chip on the bank! You and I both know that he is getting his orders from the Godfather of River City!

hoosier reborn said...

"Godfather of River City"??? That's a new one....I presume he's one of the 3 stooges?

I always thought the Godfather lived downtown, high above us common folk....so he could still look down on us when he's not in his plane.

Anonymous said...

Oh geez he is so old and out of it that he is no longer the godfather! and by the way I think he was the "Don" not the Godfather HEHE!

Kia said...

Found you on Google doing a search for "kayaking". I grew up in Marshall Co. I agree, the Tippecanoe is wonderful. I've kayaked from Monterey down to Ora. Great stretch of river.