Explore Fort Wayne's Three Rivers

Since Fort Wayne’s establishment, our three rivers: the St. Marys, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, have been an intrinsic part of the city. From adventuring the trails along the river, to getting out onto the blueways, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience and bond with the water!

Play on the Rivers

If you’re ready to venture onto the waters, you can do it by canoe, single or double kayak, or standing paddleboard. Fort Wayne Outfitters rents all three at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. You can also rent canoes or kayaks from Earth Adventures Unlimited. This is a great way to see the city!

River Cruises

Experience the city by taking a boat ride on one of the three rivers in Downtown Fort Wayne.

You can enjoy rides along the river this summer with:

  • NEW! Historic Canal Boat - Fort Wayne’s new 1840s-era replica luxury canal boat hits the water this summer and you are invited to take a ride.Tour guides will lead 90-minute outings on Saturdays and Sundays, with more times available on demand. Customers will enjoy high-end teak furniture, comfortable cushions, a kitchen, a bathroom, and room for 40. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children and can be purchased online at FWoutfitters.com after June 1.
  • NEW! Duck Boat - Visitors can also enjoy a 90-minute land and water tour on Fort Wayne’s new “duck boat,” an amphibious vehicle that offers sightseers downtown views as part of a 90-minute guided land-and-water tour. The vintage DUKW was built for military use during World War II, when troops and supplies needed to be moved quickly from ship to shore and back again, but many have been popularly adapted for recreational tourism uses.Rides will be $22 for adults and $10 for children. Reserve your spot after June 1 at FWOutfitters.com.
  • Captain Black Boat Tours - Enjoy tours of the St. Marys and St. Joseph Rivers in Downtown Fort Wayne with a pontoon ride provided by Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot. Tours are private for groups of up to 12 passengers. A standard tour cost $250, and a Deluxe Tour (includes food & beverage) cost $350.  You may bring your own food and drink. Reserve your tour by calling (260) 420-3962.
  • Historic Riverfront Fort Wayne Boat Tours – If history is your thing, grab a seat aboard one of the historic tour boat rides presented by Riverfront Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Parks department. Boat tours take place every other Sunday through September. Ages 12 and over only.
  • Airboat Rides – Feel the breeze, and take a fun airboat ride on Fridays or Saturdays at The Deck. Rides are by reservation only during the evenings of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm. Rides begin and end at the dock below The Deck and cost $20 per person. Contact Mike Gasdorf at MGasdorf@frontier.com to reserve your ride!

*Stay tuned for updates on how you can reserve these river cruises.

Parks and Trails

Fort Wayne is home to 86 parks and more than 90 miles of trails, the most prominent of which is Rivergreenway. The Rivergreenway Trail stretches 25 miles from Fort Wayne to New Haven, winding along the banks of the rivers. This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, and more.

Plan your trail walk or bike ride with this Trails Itinerary or print a map for handy navigation.

Water Trails

Check out Northeast Indiana Water Trails on Facebook for event info, and ask how you can purchase a water trails guide map.

Bike Rental

Rent a bike with Fort Wayne Outfitters who make it easy for you to hop on a trail and enjoy the river scenery.

Segway Tours

Another way to travel the Rivergreenway is by segway! You can get a personalized tour of Fort Wayne and learn about our rich heritage and cultural significance on a guided segway tour from Tour Fort Wayne Segway Tours.

Riverfront Fort Wayne

In the coming years, you’ll find even more ways to explore the rivers as a result of the RiverFront Fort Wayne project, a plan to develop the rivers and make them more accessible.

As Fort Wayne builds a vibrant community along our rivers, visitors and residents can still enjoy many events and activities right now with some of the following Riverfront Fort Wayne programming —

  • YLNI Concert Series
  • Middle Waves
  • Art Benches – Take a stroll along the Fort Wayne Rivergreenway and make sure you stop to take a break on one of the benches decorated by local artists.
  • Early Bird Nature Walk & Bike Rides
  • Yoga, Fitness, Storytime, and Books on the Bridge
  • Concerts
  • Margarita Monday Paddle Socials
  • Movies
  • Faces of the Fort
  • Indiana Kayak Anglers State Fishing Tournament
  • Bands on the Banks
  • Surprise Cinema

And much more!

For more information, visit riverfrontfw.org

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