Reservations are not required but they are recommended. It not only guarantees a canoe/kayak/tube/camp site for you, but you also receive a discounted rate.
Reservations require payment in full and are non-refundable, so make sure everyone is committed to the trip before making a reservation. If your group has a couple people who cannot commit until the last minute, do not include them in your reservation payment numbers – you can always add (within reason & availability), but you cannot subtract and receive a refund. As long as we are notified of any additions at least one day in advance of your trip and we have availability, the discounted rate can be applied and the balance paid upon arrival.
Reservation payments are non-refundable so if you choose to cancel, your reservation payment is not refunded. Rescheduling is always permitted if sufficient notice is given. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and camping require a three-day advance notice, the cabins/chalet require a seven-day advance notice. Reservations have to be rescheduled within the same season; reservations cannot be transferred to the following year.
We operate rain or shine. You are reserved for your trip rain or shine unless you call at least three days in advance to reschedule to another date during the same season. Should there be a storm at the same time a trip is scheduled to depart, we will delay the trip until the storm passes. If we receive a large amount of rain and the creek reaches our flood stage level, we cancel trips and reschedule or refund your money, in which case you will be notified.
We are almost always booked up on the weekends, especially Saturday. We recommend coming during the week so you can avoid standing in line, and there will also be a lot less people on the creek. It’s a great time to enjoy the wildlife, scenery and great fishing.
You need to arrive for your trip 30-minutes prior to your reserved departure time for every trip except Trip #2 at 8:00 AM.
Pets are allowed on canoe trips (please have a leash for the bus ride), but not in the campground or cabins.
We observe Eastern time all year. (We are an hour ahead of Illinois!)
When you rent a canoe or kayak, we provide the boat, paddles, life jackets, and shuttle service. When you rent a tube the same is provided, except the paddle. You get the rental for the entire day (not just a couple hours), and outstanding customer service.
We recommend wearing clothes that can get wet, a swim suit, and water shoes or old tennis shoes (not sandals) as the creek bottom is rocky and there is a bit of a current to the water. We also recommended you bring sunscreen, bug repellant, sunglasses, towel, change of clothing, trash bag, cooler with food and drinks, and a dry bag if you take along your camera and/or cell phone. We recommend you leave your car keys in the office and do not bring anything of value on the water. Please also do not bring extra large coolers, glass containers, or litter bugs!
Yes! Sugar Creek has excellent fishing, especially Smallmouth bass. The best section of the creek for fishing is from Crawfordsville to Deer’s Mill. That is a 15-mile stretch and too much to do in one day if you are fishing seriously. We recommend our 5-mile trip from Jim Davis to Deer’s Mill, which is the last five miles of the previously mentioned 15-mile section. Those who want to get in some serious fishing will take that trip on a weekday and will depart at the earliest departure time so they can take all day (until 5:00pm) to fish the 5-miles. We do sell fishing licenses; Indiana Resident: Annual $17, One-Day $9, Non-Resident: One-Day $9, Seven-Day $20. We also sell some tackle, but we do not sell live bait. The closest place to purchase live bait is Bal-Hinch Country Store on SR 47 N. Note: INDNR has imposed new restrictions on bass effective February 1, 2007. The new law says, “A person must not take or possess a black bass from Sugar Creek (Parke, Montgomery, Boone, Clinton, and Tipton counties) unless the bass is at least twenty (20) inches long. The daily bag limit is one (1) black bass taken from Sugar Creek.” “Black bass means the species Micropterus salmoides (Largemouth bass), Micropterus dolomieui (Smallmouth bass), and Micropterus punctulatus (Spotted bass).”
The stores sell grocery items, toiletries, pop, water, Gatorade, canoe supplies, camp supplies, ice, firewood, souvenirs, coffee, watershoes, fishing licenses, tackle, ice cream, cigarettes, batteries, and many more items. Please email or call if you want to know if we carry a particular item.
You need to bring linens and pillows for the beds, towels, toiletries, food & beverages, any paper products like paper towel (toilet tissue is provided), and extra garbage bags. The chalet provides a small refrigerator, microwave, kitchen sink, toaster, coffee pot with filters. There is air conditioning, and a table with chairs in the dinning area, as well as a couch and oversized chair in the living area. The bathroom has a tub/shower, toilet & sink. There is sleeping for up to 7 people, 2 double beds and a bunk bed (bottom bed is a double, top is a single). Outside there is a charcola grill, fire-ring and picnic table. You can either bring your own charcoal or buy it at the camp store. All firewood has to be purchased from the camp store - outside firewood is prohibited.
The cabins are camping style, so bring everything you would normally take camping except the tent. Bring your bedding, towels, toiletries, cooking supplies, extra trash bags, food, beverages, and anything else you would take on a camping trip. The camp cabins provide electricity, air conditioning, roll-away & bunk beds (with mattresses), table with chairs, screen porch, fire-ring, charcoal grill and picnic table – all cooking is done outside. You can either bring your own charcoal or buy it at the camp store. All firewood has to be purchased from the camp store - outside firewood is prohibited.
The cabins are camping style, so bring everything you would normally take camping except the tent. Bring your bedding, towels, toiletries, cooking supplies, extra trash bags, food, beverages, and anything else you would take on a camping trip. The log cabins provide a coffee pot (with filters), microwave, small refrigerator, sink, bathroom with shower & toilet (with toilet tissue), table with chairs, AC and beds with mattresses (either a queen and two doubles or a queen, double and two single roll-aways). Outside there is a charcola grill, fire-ring and picnic table. You can either bring your own charcoal or buy it at the camp store. All firewood has to be purchased from the camp store - outside firewood is prohibited.
Camping is reserved on a per person per night basis, not site. Everyone in your group gets to camp together at one site. We do not limit the number of people or tents at each site. Our sites are different sizes to accommodate different groups.
Since the Canyon is for tents only, is there a campground in the area that can accommodate RVs and Pop-up campers?