Days
<1
Motors Allowed?
Yes
Difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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Come take a paddle down the beautiful Fall Creek and into Geist Reservoir. Geist Park in Fishers, Indiana, is conveniently located right along the creek. While it sports other attractions such as a children’s playground, idyllic wooded park area, and scenic nature trail, more importantly, it offers not just one but two convenient canoe ramps into the creek.

Heading downriver from the park is flat water with little to no current as the creek enters Geist Reservoir. It is about 1.5 miles from Geist Park to the bridge at Olio Road. This trip is best taken as an out-and-back, as there is not yet a canoe ramp at Olio Road; however, there are plans for a future park at this location. Until the park materializes, simply paddle out into the reservoir, get your nature fix on, and then paddle back.

The quantity of wildlife in the reservoir is impressive. Cranes, swans, geese, ducks—plenty of fowl to fulfill any bird lover’s wildest fantasy. Bring you camera if you have one, and paddle along softly for maximum sightings.

On your way back, take a plunge into the creek and cool off with some help from the rope swing hung along the nature trail at Geist Park. There’s no better way to end an excellent paddling adventure.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Relaxing, Tons of wildlife, Easy paddle

Cons

Shoreline development, Short walk from car to canoe ramp

Pets allowed

Allowed

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

39.948500025266 -85.891304900308

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

39.948500025266 -85.891304900308

Water Temperature

76.00 °F (24.44 °C)

Features

Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Wildlife
Fishing
Potable water
Bird watching
Covered picnic areas
Picnic tables
Wildflowers

Trail type

There-and-back

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Site characteristics: Water

Lake

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

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