We pulled off yet another successful paddle trip this weekend. On Saturday, a group of 12 headed out to Elkhart for some exploring. We launched from Studebaker Park with two canoes and five kayaks and paddled a stretch of the Elkhart River out to the St. Joseph River and to McNaughton Park (about 5.5 miles total). This time the waterways were much wider and less chock-full of obstacle than our recent Baugo Creek paddle , besides an unexpected dam. Luckily there was a relatively easy portage around the dam along a road downtown (from which we got a couple interesting glances as we carried our fleet of boats down the side walk). This dam is not the best marked so if you paddle here be sure to know when it’s coming up. Both Studebaker and McNaughton Parks have very easy access boat ramps.
Following our paddle, we grabbed some food at Ricky’s Taqueria. And on the way home we hit up the Hall of Heroes Haunted House. This was a pretty kooky attraction. We walked around the museum admiring comic book memorabilia under a strobe light while people dressed as classic super villains crept on us.
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