One of the most attractive things about visiting LaGrange County is its wide-open spaces. The gorgeous landscapes, beautiful scenery, and large populations of both domestic and wild animals mean there’s always something new to hold your attention. And there are so many ways to experience your surroundings here: buggy, bike, walking paths, trails, but one of the easiest and most serene ways is by paddling down a local waterway.
The Fawn River is a veritably untouched 55-mile waterway fed by 40 glacial lakes and lined by numerous marshes that meanders through the secluded countryside of both southern Michigan and Northern Indiana, resulting in exceptionally calm, clear water. In Shipshewana, Indiana, you can access this wonder of nature via T & L Country Canoes, a canoe and kayak rental company run by knowledgeable locals. Located at 5775 W 750 N, not only is the drive there lovely, but T & L also has a picnic area available with gas or charcoal grills, along with beverages and ice cream for sale. You can pack a lunch and make a day of it with your family. The river is also rated as an easy paddling trip, so even those new to canoeing should love it.
Your paddling trip will take you through diverse banks of trees and wildflowers, and marshes filled with varieties of birds including Red Winged Blackbirds, Swifts, Great Blue Herons, even Sandhill Cranes. Other creatures spotted include deer, muskrats, beavers, raccoons, geese, ducks, otters, mink, turtles, butterflies, and snakes. It’s a nature lover’s dream, and just one of the amazing adventures waiting for you in Shipshewana, Indiana.
T & L Country Canoes is open seven days a week during the spring and summer months, from April to the end of September. You can find more information on their website or call 260-562-2411 to make a reservation.