Fishers, Indiana, is a beautiful city in the Midwest. One of the things that make Fishers unique is its proximity to so many waterways. These waterways provide access to a number of wonderful activities for all seasons; plus, they provide lots of exposure to local wildlife and the local environment in Indiana.
Whether you’re looking to explore on a solo trip or you’re looking to make a day out of it with the whole family, check out these waterways and access points we’ve rounded up below. You won’t be disappointed.
Take a Trip Down White River
With more than 25 miles of river, White River stretches from Noblesville to Carmel and Fishers. White River is a great option for a day of canoeing, kayaking, or tubing. You can rent any equipment you need for the day from the White River Canoe Company. There are nine different trips that you can take along the length of the river, and the trips range in length from 1.5 miles over the course of an hour or the full 28 miles, which will end up being approximately a two-day trip.
The sights during your river trip are amazing, and don’t be surprised if you see wildlife like herons, hawks, turtles, and maybe even a bald eagle. You can also walk along the river on multiple scenic trails. Enjoy breathtaking views of the river from the outlook at Connor Prairie, and explore historical experiences while you’re there, too.
Spend the Day at Saxony Beach & Lake
Saxony Beach & Lake is another great place to spend a day on the water. The 20-acre lake and 300-foot beach of Indiana sand offer a range of family-friendly activities. Take advantage of the beach waters and swim around, or have fun in the sand with the kids. There is a dock to fish if you have a state fishing permit, and it’s one of the area’s best fishing spots. Fishers Park hosts awesome events like beach yoga and other fun programs, while Freedom Kayak Adventures rents out equipment for you to go kayaking and paddle boarding. Beach admission is free to Fishers residents, and nonresidents and guests pay $5. Children 2 and under are free.
In addition, Saxony Beach is home to one of the area’s premier event venues, Saxony Hall. This community building offers beautiful views of the lake and can accommodate 160 seated guests. The best part is that it’s available to rent year-round.
Fish or Hike at Cheeney Creek Natural Area
The Cheeney Creek Natural Area is another great oasis for not only water activities but hiking and other land activities. If you’re looking to fish, you have some options here. There are three designated fishing areas, including a 3-acre pond filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. A state fishing license is required to fish at Cheeney Creek.
In addition to fishing, there are 2 miles of nature and multi-use trails for hiking, birdwatching, and other activities. There are grassy trails and woodland trails to provide great views and highlight some of the largest trees in Fishers. The area is teeming with wildlife, from a variety of birds for the average birdwatcher, to aquatic species in the park’s bodies of water.
Enjoy Fun for All at Flat Fork Creek Park
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Another beautiful park in the area is Flat Fork Creek Park. Unplug at this beautiful park that spans over 60 acres with a variety of activities for the whole family. About one-third of the park is dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts to protect the area’s local habitat.
One of the best activities is fishing at the fishing pond. A state fishing license is required, but children ages 17 and under don’t need a license. Another thing that sets Flat Fork Creek Park apart is the fun you have year-round. One of the most popular amenities, besides the fishing pond, is the 60-foot sledding hill, also the tallest point in Hamilton County. During the winter, take advantage of the cold weather and snow and come have a day sledding with the whole family.
There are play areas that are inclusive for many, including an ADA-accessible treehouse. Enjoy the views or check out the wildlife while you’re in there. The boardwalk and paved multi-use trail are also ADA accessible, with ramps leading to the top of the hill. You can rent out the pavilion with picnic tables for a family day or for large get-togethers as well.
See Another Side of Flat Fork Creek at Geist Park
Geist Park is a peaceful park that’s known for being a bird watcher’s haven. However, there are a number of activities you can do at the park, including canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and fishing along Flat Creek. Geist Park is unique in that it includes trails, wetlands, and prairies, so you are bound to see a variety of wildlife during your time there. Make sure to bring your binoculars.
Like Flat Fork, Geist Park has a picnic area that you can rent out for family or other organizational events. There are also grills, picnic tables, and trash disposal all at your convenience to make your experience there as enjoyable as possible.
Enjoy Valparaiso Activities at Flint Lake
Out by Valparaiso, Indiana, is Flint Lake, another beautiful waterway with great amenities and a range of activities. Flint Lake is a hub for fishing, and fishermen come here to catch flathead catfish, bream/bluegill, blue catfish, bullhead, largemouth bass, northern pike, sucker, perch, and catfish. A popular launch point makes it easy for boat access on and off this body of water.
Indiana is home to a number of beautiful waterways, and Fishers’ location makes it easy to explore many of them. Visit for a couple hours for some swimming or fishing at one of the many fishing ponds and lakes, or commit to a two-day kayak or canoe trip down White River. There is something to do for all ages, all groups, and all levels of accessibility.
What waterways near Fishers have you explored? What experiences have been the most fun for you? Drop us a note and be sure to let us know!