Into the Blue

A few dips of the paddles, a couple bends in the river, and we were gliding. Who's to say what had happened or how. Full Story
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dave turner-ali turner

Moline, IL

#1 Jun 12, 2007
we used to live in new castle and in february we had come home to see family. as a kid a lot of locals spent time in the woods behind the old wal-mart all the way up to the old quarrey near 100 south and 400 east. we saw lots of wildlife during our years ,1964 thru 1974 there,but the funniest was watching a red tail hawk swoop down to snag a fish and it didn't make it out of the water ,it tried to catch a big carp;to big for the hawk.this february my daughter and i saw an otter, an we ran thru a muddy field to get a better look. i was thrilled to see it, and happy ro see blue river had come back to the way i remembered as a kid.
Herbert Ford

United States

#2 Jun 12, 2007
What doesn't the author of this column come up to the Tippecanoe River below Oakdale Dam in Carroll County and see what is happening to this once clear river. I remember when you could see every rock in the river, now you can't even see no more that 3 foot from bank, also the water stinks, especially in low water situation. Bring some of these so called politicans of our state government with you. I have a summer trailer there. DNR says there is no pollutioon (e-coli and such in the water, how about taking samples of the river bed.
Indy Frank

United States

#3 Jun 12, 2007
Boy, does that bring back memories of soutern Indiana where I grewup. Nothing like the fight on I-465 to get to and from work everyday. I wish I could take the time to try this.
eee

Kankakee, IL

#4 Jun 12, 2007
Thank this state's environmentalists for their often unappreciated legacy to this state.
Frosty

New Albany, IN

#5 Jun 12, 2007
good timing on the article. I was looking into canoeing here last sunday
wink-wink

Plainfield, IN

#6 Jun 12, 2007
About those fox cubs playing on the shore....where were the parents?!?!?!?!?
New Pal

United States

#7 Jun 12, 2007
Canoeing anywhere in Indiana was one of the best ways to have fun with my kids when they were growing up, they loved it and still do. I got old and now we like motors. See you out on beautiful Brookville Res.
Chad

United States

#8 Jun 12, 2007
Herbert Ford wrote:
What doesn't the author of this column come up to the Tippecanoe River below Oakdale Dam in Carroll County and see what is happening to this once clear river. I remember when you could see every rock in the river, now you can't even see no more that 3 foot from bank, also the water stinks, especially in low water situation. Bring some of these so called politicans of our state government with you. I have a summer trailer there. DNR says there is no pollutioon (e-coli and such in the water, how about taking samples of the river bed.
I agree. The river has changed drastically since my childhood. The River no longer has submerged weed beds, this due to the silty water. Freeman badly needs to be cleaned, above the dam. The Nature Conservancy has it ranked as the 6th most biologically diverse river in North America, very important. The Tippy is a great asset and needs special attention, soon!
Bob

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jun 12, 2007
Get on the river immediately - I've been on Driftwood River and Sugar Creek in the last two weekends and it is getting very low.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jun 12, 2007
New Pal wrote:
Canoeing anywhere in Indiana was one of the best ways to have fun with my kids when they were growing up, they loved it and still do. I got old and now we like motors. See you out on beautiful Brookville Res.
i agree!! i'm on my ay today!!! can't wait! this will be my son's first trip! he's very excited but it is a GREAT time! try turkey run too! we love it there!
Harrison Jones

Alexandria, VA

#12 Jun 12, 2007
Not to nit-pick but please clarify if you are discussing Hoosier National Forest (the only National Forest in Indiana) or Harrison-Crawford State Forest; from your description, I think you mean Harrison-Crawford State Forest.
Deadeye

Elkhart, IN

#13 Jun 12, 2007
Removing storm runoff from sewage in city drains would be the best step we could take for our rivers. Until then, upstream is better.
Brendon_Wayne

United States

#14 Jun 12, 2007
I thought they were going to say White RIVER...Crows flying overhead, a dead body floating ahead, children unattended swimming, and nothing but thick mucus-like dark waters rippiling.
John Doe

United States

#15 Jun 12, 2007
wink-wink wrote:
About those fox cubs playing on the shore....where were the parents?!?!?!?!?
Dude ... friends don't let friends type drunk. Get a friend and stop it with the 'where were the parents'.
chill

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 12, 2007
John Doe wrote:
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Dude ... friends don't let friends type drunk. Get a friend and stop it with the 'where were the parents'.
Its a joke dude ... take a deep breath and relax!
New Canoer

San Francisco, CA

#17 Jun 12, 2007
Got a question for you. I've never been canoeing. If you drive down and put in a canoe up river, how do you get back to your car? That is assuming you don't want to pay a commercial enterprise/canoe rental facility for your trip.
John Doe

United States

#18 Jun 12, 2007
chill wrote:
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Its a joke dude ... take a deep breath and relax!
But jokes are funny. Take a deep breath and think of a funny joke.
Jeff Cdoy

United States

#19 Jun 12, 2007
Great story, I have kayaked that section. The story mentions that Wyandotte Cave is the states largest, not true there are at least five caves longer, three are more than three times longer
Domer

Carmel, IN

#21 Jun 12, 2007
This story provides more evidence that Phil Richards is a talented writer who should be given more opportunities to write well-crafted feature stories like this one. For many years my grandparents had a cabin on Blue River, which I haven't seen in 30 years. This story brought me back for a short visit. Thanks, Phil!
Ol Bigun

Clayton, IN

#22 Jun 12, 2007
Im certainly enjoyed this article. I grew up in Southern IN, not far from the Blue and spent many happy days canoeing its waters. I have done the trip from Fredricksburg to the Ohio more times than I can remember. I would camp on the Islands along the way and usualy it was just my dog and me. I took food for her and I ate what I could catch, forage or hunt. Still some of my best memories of my younger years.
One note, I am shocked that the Star even recognizes that the Southern part of the State exists. In my two years of living here in the central part of the State I was under the impression that they thought the south boundary started just below Columbus.
Anyway, thank you Star for taking me back to the Blue, even for a brief moment.

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