Brown County Wilderness Backwaters – one of our most popular trips in a kayak or motorboat.

Hoosier National Forest

The best flat water paddling in Indiana, is in Brown County is on the tributary creek backwaters of Lake Monroe.  Pathfinder Outfitters provides special, easy to paddle  kayaks for this area. They are designed to allow the paddlers to cover a lot of water. We also offer specialty fishing kayaks suitable for extended fishing and photography sessions.

You will be treated to an abundance of wildlife, fantastic scenery, paddling and hiking through the Wilderness of Hoosier National Forest. Quality, primitive camping along the lake shore is also an option with a trip to this area. This is Pathfinder Outfitters premier Brown County wilderness experience and a must do for any adventurous traveler to Brown County.

This is a remote wilderness trip in Indiana’s biggest wilderness area.  Allow at least 4 hours for this trip as there is so much to explore.

Motorboat trips are 3 hours duration and max number of passengers is 5.  We provide a cooler with ice and water.  $275/3 hour trip.  (812) 340-0700 for reservations.

***Ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 3


Middle Fork Salt Creek/Elkinsville to Crooked Creek

Challenge Level: 2

Duration: 4-6 hours
Wilderness Experience: 3
Age Suitability: 9 years and up
Solo: $65 (up to 4 hours) – $80 (up to 7 hours)
Tandem: $105 – $125
Old Town Fishing Kayak: $125

Shuttle Only: $75 – This is a long shuttle

South Fork Salt Creek/Maumee to Crooked Creek

Challenge Level: 3

This is only available during high water March through June. There are a few logjams to negotiate.

Duration: 7 hours
Wilderness Experience: 3
Age Suitability: 12 years and up
Solo: $90 (long shutle)
Old Town Fishing Kayak: $140 (best way to go)

Shuttle Only: $75/person – This is a long shuttle