White River closings

Construction projects in two locations are closing parts of White River. 

The Lake Indy/Riverside boat ramp is closed while Citizens Energy Group creates a rock dam downstream. The dam will raise the pool level upstream for the water supply station that was disabled by the 2018 breach of the Emrichsville Dam below 16th Street.

A carry-in launch from below the construction area will be available, which will double as a portage. Through on-water traffic will not be allowed. Read more about the Riverside Rock Dam project (PDF, 140 KB).

boat ramp on river
The Riverside Park boat ramp is closed.

Likewise, on-river travel will not be possible from Broad Ripple down to Rocky Ripple while workers rebuild the Kessler Boulevard Bridge at Friedman Park. A large weir has been constructed across the width of White River, making passage by recreational users difficult or dangerous, especially during higher flow.

Friends of the White River advocated for signage to be placed at the Indianapolis Arts Center access point to inform recreational users of the downstream river closure. Previous to our actions, the City only planned to place signage at the Meridian Street Bridge, which could have forced recreational users, unaware of the closing, to paddle back upstream to a take out.

warning sign posted at boat launch on river
The Carvel Avenue boat launch is open, but downstream travel is restricted.

Please alter your summer paddling plans accordingly and avoid these portions of the White River. To learn about other paddling options, download our White River Guide mobile app.

To support our ongoing efforts on behalf of recreational users, please consider a donation to Friends of the White River.