Blue - White Cloud to Blue River Chapel (2.4 miles)

Blue, Indiana, US


White Cloud to Blue River Chapel (2.4 miles)

Usual Difficulty I(II) (for normal flows)
Length 2.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 4 fpm
Max Gradient 4 fpm


Photo by Spalding Hurst taken 05/21/05 @ 400cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03303000 800 - 1600 cfs I(II) 01h22m 1830 cfs (too high)
usgs-03302800 400 - 1600 cfs I(II) 10h06m ~ 978 cfs (running)
Roughly corresponds to 5-7'; reportedly 'best' levels. This gauge is well upstream and generally way understates flow in the listed reach.

River Description

Put in at White Cloud (unofficial put-in) at the end of Harrison Springs Rd. Immediately after putting in, you will encounter a broken-down dam that at higher levels (above 6' on Leavenworth gauge), forms a large green wave that will entertain for hours. At that level, river left of the wave is a nice side-surfing hole that provides effortlesss 360's.

This is an excellent park and surf spot, however, be mindful of the NO TRESPASSING signs on river left when going back up. At moderate levels (5-7'), a center rock allows you to place your boat above the rapid and attain back up to the put-in.

If you continue on down to the Chapel, you will find easy shoals, perfect for beginner kayaking trips and canoe trips. One S-turn rapid about 2/3 of the way down usually harbors wood on river right due to an overhanging tree. Be on the lookout for strainers at all times.

The last rapid before the Chapel is a rocky, shallow affair that may cause swims with beginners, however, a large rock on river right that caused most upsets has moved downstream recently after some high water.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-08-03 14:06:52


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0White CloudN/APhoto

Rapid Descriptions

White Cloud (Class N/A)

Whitecloud Feb 7, 2004

Whitecloud Feb 7, 2004
Photo of Jared Ebelhar by Chris Torres taken 02/15/04 @ 1100 cfs

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