Blue River, Canoe Series, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Canoeing on a River Overnight

Canoe Series: Canoeing on a River Overnight

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Blue River

Fredericksburg, IN

Date: June 4-5, 2021

Meet: Old Mill Canoe Rental 

Cost: $199.00 per person we provide canoe, $169.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Old Mill Canoe Rental, park entrance fee, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, Saturday lunch, snacks

Cost does include: 2 professionally trained women guides, group meals, meals included: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, basic camping gear – if needed please indicate when registering, camping fees for one night, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

Itinerary and Information:  Join this fun paddle down the majestic Blue River located near Fredericksburg, IN.  Known for the magical color of the water, you will be carried along by the ribbon of blue liquid beneath your canoe. Experience moving water and learn to better control the direction your boat travels as the Blue River makes its way south to the Ohio River and onward toward the ocean.  

Arrive at the Old Mill Canoe Rental primitive campground as early as 4:00pm on Friday evening.  Bring your gear to set up your tent camp, then put out your chair, and relax around the group fire with stories and laughter. They will provide a campsite for Friday night primitive camping, tandem canoes, paddles, and life jackets, as well as paddling advice and suggestions offered by fun and knowledgeable leaders.    

Saturday morning, the target departure time will be 9:00am.  The folks at Old Mill Canoe Rental will share  their love of the Blue River as they send us down river.  We will meander along the river stopping now and again to stretch our legs and check out the sites along the river.  Be sure to pack a trail lunch and snacks as you are sure to paddle up an appetite.  Depending on the speed of the moving water, and the rate at which we paddle, we will cover the 12-miles of river in 4-6 hours.  At the end of our paddling day, OMCR will meet us and shuttle us back to our vehicles.  We will revel in our success day and head for home. 

“Keep Calm and Canoe On” is part of a Canoe Series of 3 events. You do not need to sign up for all three events, you can do 1, 2 or all 3!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $39.00 with your own boat

Canoeing on a River – Overnight Trip – $199.00 we provide the canoe, $169.00 with your own boat

Canoe Camping 2 Night Trip – $259.00 we provide the canoe, $229.00 with your own boat

Save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 


Meet Your Guides: Check them out on our team page too!

Darlene Patterson

Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide
Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide

Darlene Patterson’s outdoor experiences are extensive and varied.  By canoe, they include thru-paddling the 740-miles of the Northern Forest Canoe trail (in 28.5 days), paddling a dugout canoe on the Amazon river in Peru, and working summers as a guide/instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound school near Ely, MN.  There have been 3 trips exploring above the arctic circle (both in Canada and Norway), as well as backpacking on trails that include the Appalachian Trail, Red River Gorge, and the Knobstone Trail.

When safely tucked back into life in central Indiana, her days are spent teaching art in an elementary school and making work in her Patterson Pottery studio.





Blair Dietrick

Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide
Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide

Blair has hiked the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, & Continental Divide Trail) as well as various other trails including the Teton Crest Trail, Lost Coast Trail, an Arizona Trail section hike, & the Camino de Santiago (French Route). She has also rock climbed in public lands across Utah & California and canoed in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Her certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, & S212 Wildland Fire (Chainsaw).

She has worn various hats in the outdoor industry including trail worker, welder, logger, cook, carpenter, mechanic, gear shop employee & tree worker. Currently Blair is back home working for the family business and building out her ‘92 Ford Club Wagon on the weekends. When not working or playing outside, Blair enjoys reading, road & mountain biking, & spending time with her Chihuahua, Zelda Mae.

Recommended Gear and Clothing:

Canoe Basics

  • Dry bag (large) or duffle bag with plastic bag layering system to keep contents dry)
  • Dry bag (Med/small) for change of clothes, phone, map, med card, etc.
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal first aid and meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • water/water bottles
  • Water treatment supplies (including a gravity bag)
  • Meals, snacks, energy bars, etc 
  • Group tarp (part of safety plan)

Camping Basics

  • Tent or sleeping hammock
  • Sleep system (bag, mattress, etc)
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cookset and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and feminine supplies (include ziplocs if need to carry used supplies out)
  • Trowel
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card/small amount of cash
  • Health insurance card/list of emergency contacts
  • Folding camp chair ( small enough to fit in canoe)
  • Parachute cord or small clothes drying line
  • Small repair kit or tools

Clothing Basics (dress for anticipated weather conditions and LAYER!!!  Avoid COTTON.  Need Multiple items in case of submersion.)

  • Synthetic/Nylon layers on top and bottom.  Use moisture wicking.
  • Multiple pair of wool/synthetic socks
  • Gloves
  • Paddling footwear
  • Camp footwear
  • Hat (for sun and cold)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Swim suit
  • Camp towel
  • Stuff or compression sacks

To learn more about Old Mill Canoe Rental click here!


If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the workshop and a full refund or trip transfer will be available to you.

We will be reaching out to participants before the weekend and asking if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you are experiencing or have in the past 14 days experienced COVID-19 related symptoms. If answering “yes” to any of these questions you will be asked to not join the workshop.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email Danielle at

Creating Safe Spaces:

The Backpacking Series is focused on creating a safe space for women and empowering women to feel more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. If you are a woman or a person who identifies as female you are welcome to join us!

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