Just to confuse everyone, there are two rivers in Indiana named the Saint Joseph River. The story is that the duplicate name is because an early French explorer portaged between the two, but thought he was just shortcutting some meanders.
The St. Joseph river is one of Fort Wayne's most frequently paddled rivers. Its main tributary is Cedar Creek. The St. Joseph and the St. Mary's River join in downtown Fort Wayne to form the Maumee River.
Indiana-DNR page on this river.
River Flow Levels
Flow levels listed from the confluence with the Maumee River moving upstream.
St. Joseph River near Ft. Wayne, IN
When paddling near the dam at Johnny Appleseed park, be sure to check both the level and flow rate. The raising and lowering of the dam level can change the character of the river several miles upstream.
St. Joseph River near Newville, IN
Put-ins listed from the confluence with the Maumee River moving upstream.
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This ramp is the site of Fort Wayne's Polar Bear plunge on January 1st.
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The IPFW boat ramp is a convenient put-in to paddle flat water upstream from Ft. Wayne's drinking water dam. This section always has water, and is like paddling a long lake. This is the starting point for the Three Rivers Festival canoe and kayak races. Don't go too far downstream.
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This is probably the best put in in Ft. Wayne. It is a shortcut to a more natural setting than the IPFW boat ramp. Shoaf park is the home of the Fort Wayne canoe and kayak races.
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This put-in is actually on Cedar Creek just above its confluence with the St. Joseph. This is a good location to start paddling downstream to Shoaf Park or IPFW. There are a few rocks downstream.
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The Leo boat ramp is on the Cedarville reservoir.
- Water quality reports for the St. Joseph River in Fort Wayne.
- St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative Mission: "To improve water quality in the St. Joseph River Watershed by promoting economically and environmentally compatible land uses and practices."