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Brown County, Indiana, may be known for its world-class mountain biking trails. But did you know it’s also an outstanding destination for paddling? It’s true!

Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love paddling through beautiful Brown County:

1. Brown County offers paddle sports galore

From kayaking to canoeing to paddle boarding, the possibilities are endless for exploring Brown County by water. Plus, you can sign up for guided excursions, rent gear, or bring your own to one of several launch spots throughout Brown County.

2. Paddling is open to anyone

Paddling adventures range in difficulty and levels of experience. So, whether you’re an avid paddler or you’ve never even been in a kayak before, there is an option that’s just right for you.

3. Savor the beauty of nature all around you

Breathtaking scenery. Serene stillness. Peaceful seclusion. Paddling through the Brown County wilderness gives you a front row seat to nature at its finest. Not only is paddling the perfect way to see the changing fall foliage, but as you wander the backwaters into the backwoods, you’ll also discover the less traversed areas of Brown County and spot wildlife you may not normally see—from eagles, hawks, and vultures to deer, fish, and more!

4. Brown County is a paddling one-stop-shop

Looking for a launch spot? Check out Brown County State Park (Ogle Lake and Strahl Lake), Deer Run Park (Salt Creek), and Crooked Creek SRA (Yellowwood State Forest). Interested in booking a guided excursion or renting gear? No problem! Options abound with Pathfinder Outfitters, IndiGo Birding, Simply Fitness, eXplore Brown County, Yellowwood State Forest, and Hoosier National Forest. Want to branch out a little further? Don’t miss Monroe Lake and IU Outdoor Adventures in nearby Bloomington, Indiana.

5. Paddling provides countless health benefits

Paddling is a FUN way to exercise! It engages your entire body. It increases your strength. It improves your endurance, balance, and coordination. It’s also an excellent way to clear your mind, boost your mood, and get a healthy dose of Vitamin D. And you’ll love the sense of adventure you feel as you take to the water and enjoy some much-needed time in the great outdoors.