Wabash River in Indiana
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overview map of Wabash River and its watershed This web site documents the access sites on the Wabash River from Huntington, Indiana to the confluence with the Ohio River. It includes pictures and descriptions of the access sites and their amenities.

We personally visited the access sites. The first half of the river (from Huntington to Tecumseh) was done by boat. We then drove to the access sites on the second half of the river (from Terre Haute to the confluence with the Ohio).


The Wabash has always been Indiana's most famous river. Occupying the heartland of the state, the river drains two-thirds of the 92 counties (over 33,000 square miles) as it flows over 475 miles to its confluence with the Ohio below Mount Vernon. The river rises in Ohio near Fort Recovery and flows for only thirty miles before it becomes entirely an Indiana River. In addition to being Indiana's official state river, the Wabash is also the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi.

It is a river of many faces and moods. At times it occupies a huge valley which was carved by a glacial runoff but it also flows through a partially filled valley formed before the glacial advances. In its upper stretches the Wabash moves across the fertile, flat land in a narrow, shallow trench.

A trip down any other river in the state will not give as complete a view of Indiana as the Wabash. You will not experience a pristine natural environment (except in isolated sections) but you will see Indiana today and a glimpse of the past. The river is usually muddy and slow moving as it drains much of Indiana's fertile farmland. This factor alone should not deter you from trying the Wabash. The upper end of the Wabash is very shallow with numerous log jams clogging the river and making navigation of the river tiring in all but high water (and then it may be dangerous).



Important: The river is constantly changing. Hazards like log jams and tree falls will come and go often, so always be ready for them. Even islands and riverbends come and go over time. Riffles and sandbars will appear and disappear based on water flow levels. Do not attempt boating on this or any river during high water. Please be safe, respectful and responsible on the river.
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