NICHES Paddling Trip

Paddle the Wabash River from Davis Ferry Park to Tapawingo Park!  Experience the Wabash River first hand by taking a relaxing trip down the river. Our float trip welcomes paddlers of all skill levels, whether you have your own boat or need one provided. Though our staff will monitor the river for safety, please note that they won’t be joining you in the rafts.

All participants are required to wear life jackets throughout the trip. Those using provided boats must be at least 10 years old, and individuals under 18 need an accompanying adult.

All boats on this float trip are full!  If you’d like to be contacted if a spot becomes available, sign up to be on our wait list.

Shuttle and Boat Registration

The float trips coincide with our Wabash Riverfest celebration. Shuttles depart from Tapawingo Park, transporting you to Davis Ferry Park for boat entry. When registering, you’ll select a shuttle time and boat, as well as provide your group size. If your group doesn’t fill a raft, the remaining spots will be open for others, offering a chance to make new friends and enjoy the river together. Each group member must sign a participation waiver, and all attendees must wear life jackets, participating at their own risk.

Trip Duration and Scheduling

The river journey lasts approximately 2-3 hours, depending on your paddling speed. Leisurely groups should opt for earlier time slots, as all boats must return to Tapawingo Park by 3:30 pm.

Choose Your Float Option

Option 1

Enjoy the Provided Rafts

Ideal for groups of 4-9 people, the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality supplies rafts, life jackets, small dry bags, and paddles.  Meet at the Riverside Skating Rink (100 Tapawingo Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47906), and we’ll transport you to Davis Ferry Park for the raft launch.


Borrow a Canoe or Kayak

For groups of 2 or solo adventurers, NICHES provides canoes or kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Meet at the Riverside Skating Rink (100 Tapawingo Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47906), and we’ll take you to Davis Ferry Park for your launch.


Bring Your Own Canoe or Kayak

Drop off your boat at Davis Ferry Park’s boat ramp (N Ninth Street Road at the Wabash River), and our volunteers will keep an eye on it. Park your vehicle at the Wabash Landing Garage and ride our shuttle back to Davis Ferry Park. Remember to bring your paddles and life jackets. If you can self-shuttle, no sign-up is necessary.