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Scenic River System

The law that makes the scenic river system possible is IC 14-29-6.

There are only three streams in Indiana that have made it into the Natural, Scenic and Recreational River System. Back in the 1970s, 10 streams were considered for inclusion into the system.

Currently, only sections of Cedar Creek, Wildcat Creek, and the Blue River have been included into the Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River System. The exact sections of each stream and its designation can be found in Indiana Administrative Code 312 IAC 7.

  • Blue River

    312 IAC 7-2-2 Blue River in Harrison, Crawford, and Washington Counties
    Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-29-6-9
    Affected: IC 14-29-6
    Sec. 2. (a) The Blue River in Harrison, Crawford, and Washington Counties is included in the Indiana natural, scenic, and recreational river system from river mile 57 downstream to river mile 11.5.
    (b) The portion of the Blue River described in subsection (a) is divided into the following segments:
    (1) From river mile 57 downstream to river mile 42, the river is designated as a scenic river.
    (2) From river mile 42 downstream to river mile 32, the river is designated as a recreational river.
    (3) From river mile 32 downstream to river mile 22, the river is designated as a natural river.
    (4) From river mile 22 downstream to river mile 11.5, the river is designated as a recreational river.
    (Natural Resources Commission; 312 IAC 7-2-2; filed Aug 20, 1997, 7:15 a.m.: 21 IR 25; readopted filed Jul 28, 2003, 12:00 p.m.:
    27 IR 286)

    The Blue River is the only one of the three designated streams to have a River Commission.
    The Blue River Commission Website

  • Cedar Creek

    312 IAC 7-2-3 Cedar Creek in Allen and DeKalb Counties
    Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-29-6-9
    Affected: IC 14-29-6
    Sec. 3. Cedar Creek in Allen and DeKalb Counties from river mile 13.7 to the confluence with the St. Joseph River is included in the Indiana natural, scenic, and recreational river system and is designated as a recreational river.
    (Natural Resources Commission; 312 IAC 7-2-3; filed Aug 20, 1997, 7:15 a.m.: 21 IR 26; readopted filed Jul 28, 2003, 12:00 p.m.: 27 IR 286)

  • Wildcat Creek

    312 IAC 7-2-4 Wildcat Creek in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties
    Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-29-6-9
    Affected: IC 14-29-6
    Sec. 4. The North Fork of Wildcat Creek in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties from river mile 43.11 to river mile 4.82 and the South Fork of Wildcat Creek in Tippecanoe County from river mile 10.21 to river mile 0.00 are included in the Indiana natural, scenic, and recreational river system and are collectively designated as a scenic river.
    (Natural Resources Commissions 312 IAC 7-2-4; filed Aug. 20, 1997, 7:15 a.m.: 21 IR 26; readopted filed Jul 28, 2003, 12:00 p.m.: 27 IR 286)

A copy of the 1975 Cedar Creek Plan, 1980 Wildcat Creek Plan, or 1975 Blue River Plan are available upon request. Please contact:

Allen Hurst
Trails Coordinator
ahurst@dnr.IN.gov
317-232-4040

Ten streams considered for designation

10 streams considered for designation