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SK: Cagles Mill (CATARACT FALLS) Highwater Trip

  • April 08, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Lieber SRA, 1317 W. Lieber Road, Suite 1 Cloverdale, IN 46120

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Trip Sponsor: Jeff Stejskal 

THIS IS  A LEVEL 2  HCKC Sea Kayaking Trip however paddling distance is 13 to 15 miles Please review trip level chart before signing up. Trip Level Guide 1-2021.docx 

This trip was one of Jim Sprandel's favorites because Cagles Mill Lake has a different feel when we paddle it at the higher lake stages that we have in the spring.  Link to Indiana Lake Levels. It’s fun to paddle areas that are normally only hike-able.  In 2017, we actually paddled over the Lower Falls all of the way up to and under the Upper Falls.

We will launch from Lieber State Recreation Area.  We will then paddle down the lake past Cunot PAS and up to the Falls. The trip from the Lieber SRA Ramp up to the Falls is about 6.5 miles each way and the first 3 miles crosses open portions of Cagles Mills Lake which can get choppy and windy.  We will probably have lunch at the Lower Falls.

Meeting Place: Meet in Lieber SRA.   If the lake stage is below 640, we will meet at the East end of the Swimming Beach at Lieber SRA.  If the lake is above 645, we will either have to unload our boats on the road down to the beach or we may be able to use the ramp’s parking area at the west end of the beach which is a few feet higher than the beach. I’ll check the levels the week before the trip and let people know where we will be able to park.

Directions: From I-70 and I-465 on the west side of Indianapolis, drive west on I-70 to the SR 243 exit (Exit 37). Drive about 3 miles south on SR 243 to the Lieber SRA Entrance and follow the signs to the beach within the park. (The SRA is approximately 45 minutes from I-465 and I-70 on the Indy West Side.) Note: There is a $7 fee for Indiana residents to enter the park and you must have a 2023 DNR Sticker for your boat—these stickers are available at the SRA gate.

What to Bring: Be sure to bring your boat, paddling gear, water, your lunch, sunscreen, and insect repellent. I require a spray skirt since we may be dealing with wind and boat chop in the first 3 miles. Due to the mileage and possible lake conditions, sea kayaks or touring kayaks with fore/aft flotation - spray skirts are required

Paddling Distance: 13-15 miles.

Schedule:  Saturday April 8th, 2023 –
Plan on being ready to launch at 10:00 am—we should get off the water around 3:30 pm.

Contact Information: Please register on the website or e-mail Jeff Stejskal at by 6:00 pm on the Friday before the trip if you plan to attend so I can get latest conditions and launch location to you.

Lake Level 667 in 2019 trip photo below

May 2020 Lower Cataract Falls

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