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Do I need to make a reservation?

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. 

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Does a reservation require payment?

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.

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Can I cancel or reschedule my reservation?

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.

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What if it rains?

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.

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Should I plan my trip for a weekend or during the week?

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.

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What time do I need to arrive for my trip?

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. 

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Are pets allowed?

Pets are allowed on canoe trips (please have a leash for the bus ride), but not in the campground or cabins.

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What time zone are you in?

We observe Eastern time all year. (We are an hour ahead of Illinois!)

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What is provided with my rental?

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.

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What do I need to bring for my trip on Sugar Creek?

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!

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Is the fishing good on Sugar Creek?

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).”

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What do you sell in the canoe and camp stores?

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.

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What do I need to bring for the chalet?

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.

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What do I need to bring for the camp cabins?

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.

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What do I need to bring for the log cabins?

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.

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How do I reserve camping - by person or site?

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. 

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Since the Canyon is for tents only, is there a campground in the area that can accommodate RVs and Pop-up campers?

RVs and pop-up campers can camp at Shades State Park, Lake Waveland, Turkey Run State Park, Raccoon Lake and the KOA Kampground in Crawfordsville.

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How far away is the closest town?

The closest town is Waveland.  It is about 5-miles from us and has a gas station, small grocery, ATM, liquor store, and Pizza King.  The next closest town is Crawfordsville, which is about 15-miles north of us on SR 47.  There you will find fast food and sit down restaurants, Wal-Mart, gas, ATM, laundry mat, grocery stores, movie theatre, museums, antique shops, bowling alley, swimming pool, golf, liquor stores/bars, hotels, and hospital.

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Are there any restaurants in the area?

A nice little restaurant for lunch and dinner is A-Country-A-Fair, about 8 miles north on SR 32.  There is also a café and pizza place in Waveland (5-miles), a restaurant at the Turkey Run Golf Course (8 miles), a cafeteria in the inn at Turkey Run State Park (15-miles), and multiple fast food and sit down restaurants in Crawfordsville (15-miles).

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Are there any hotels in the area?

In Crawfordsville (15-miles) there is a Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, Ramada Limited, Days Inn, Super 8, and the Riviera Motel.  Crawfordsville also has Bed & Breakfast accommodations at The Davis House and Thelma’s B & B.

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What else is there to do in your area?

-Crawfordsville has the above listed activities and amenities.

-Shades State Park is about two miles east on SR 234.  Shades offers hiking tails, picnic shelters, and camping.  The trails at Shades are just as nice as Turkey Run and they are a lot less crowded! Don’t forget to check out Pine Hills Nature Preserve too.  It is a trail system just one mile east of us on SR 234 that features some spectacular rock formations. There is an entrance fee to get in Shades, but not Pine Hills.

-Lake Waveland is a local park that offers a fishing/swimming lake and campground.  It is located 5-miles south of us on SR 47.  There is an entrance fee to get in the park.

-Turkey Run Golf Course is just south of Lake Waveland on SR 47.  It is an 18-hole course that features a pro shop and restaurant/lounge.  Open seasonally.

-Turkey Run State Park is located 15-miles south of us on SR 47.  The park offers hiking trails, horseback riding, a swimming pool, non-primitive camping, an inn & cafeteria, and picnic shelters. There is an entrance fee to get in the park.

-Parke County borders our county (Montgomery County) and boasts 32 covered bridges.  Pick up a Covered Bridge Map from our canoe livery or campground and spend the afternoon following the covered bridge trail!

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