Wildcat Creek Natural Scenic River in Indiana

North Fork: Waterworks Park to Foster Park

Distance: At 1.6 miles this section takes less than 1 hour to float.

River Features: Shortly after the put-in the creek passes under the Ohio Street bridge, and about 1/2 mile later the creek passes under a railroad bridge. The railroad bridge has a warning sign about the dam hanging from it, and the Crystal Street dam (see hazards below) is just after this bridge. Shortly after the dam the creek passes under another railroad bridge. About 1/2 mile later the creek passes under the CR 22/Apperson Way bridge. Less than 1/2 mile after that the creek passes under the Washington Street bridge. A little ways after the bridge start looking on the right bank for the take-out at Foster Park. It will be just after a red foot bridge across the creek.

Hazards: Crystal Street dam MUST be portaged, and there are several options for portaging. However, be careful using any of the methods described. 1) At low flow the dam may be portaged on river left, but be very careful as the rocks will be slippery. 2) At any time the dam may be portaged on river right. However, this (dry) portage is a steep, overgrown trail over large rocks and concrete debris, and it is not at all easy. 3) At low to moderate flow experienced paddlers can get out of their boats by the concrete wall on river right, and lead them by the wall and over the dam at the extreme right. To portage the dam this way means wading through thigh-deep water and hopping over the dam into a small pocket of shallow water. You will be standing in rushing water using this portage method, so be extremely careful, and watch for exposed rebar in the dam structure. (We used the third portage method at a flow of about 200 cfs, and I wouldn't want to try it with much more flow. At this flow the water was too high to portage river left using the first method.)

bridge before Crystal Street Dam
bridge before Crystal Street dam
portage right at Crystal Street Dam
portage on river right at dam
portage river right at Crystal Street Dam
portage on river right at dam
Crystal Street dam
looking upstream at the river right portage for dam
Crystal Street dam
looking upstream at the river left portage for dam
Foster Park access site
take-out at Foster Park on river right past foot bridge

Important: The river is constantly changing. Hazards like log jams and tree falls will come and go, so always be ready for them. Riffles will appear and disappear based on water flow levels. Do not attempt boating on this or any river during high water. Please be safe, respectful and responsible on the river.
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