RIVERS

Fawn River

This river flows along the county's southern border with Indiana, winding back and forth across the border until it empties into the St. Joseph in Constantine. Popular with fishermen, the river is adventurous with its narrow and twisting nature. Because of the narrow width, many stretches require regular clearing.

Nottawa Creek

Nottawa Creek offers a beautiful trip. Start at Rawson's King Mill where you can enjoy the amenities of the park. Finish at Reed Riverside Park in downtown Mendon - just over 2 and a half hours of paddling.

Pigeon River

The river with the least linear mileage in the county, it is one of the least traveled but does not lack in natural beauty. Flows through the county’s southwest corner where it empties into the St. Joseph. Narrow and winding, many stretches require regular clearing to remain navigable. Total River Length: 20.2 miles

Portage River

This river is known to be adventurous and shallow, it flows from the north to south where it empties into the St. Joseph. Some stretches can be difficult to paddle due to the presence of many fallen Ash trees that clog the river. It is part of the Heritage Water Trail network. Total River Length: 17.5 miles

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Prairie River

Known for its wildlife corridors, this river flows from east to west where it empties into the St. Joseph. The character is winding and shallow, with some areas prone to clogging with downed trees. Total River Length: 9.7 miles

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Rocky River

Flowing from northwest corner of county to Three Rivers, the Rocky River empties into the St. Joseph. Known to be sparsely populated and wild in character, with a small class II whitewater near its end. Popular with visitors due to Brewster’s Food and Spirits, a river-side restaurant and pub near Three Rivers. Total River Length: 19.1 miles

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St. Joseph River

An ideal river for beginning paddlers, sometimes called the ‘Big Easy’ for its slow flow. Popular with fishermen, the river has many wide segments with abundant wildlife. A large segment in the county is part of the Heritage Water Trail network, boasting many historic sites. Total River Length: 19.1 miles

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