News & Current Conditions

We are now taking reservations for the 2024 season! Opening Day is Monday, April 22, 2024.

We can’t wait to see you here in Mongo for your next adventure! Please note, we are only in the office Monday-Friday at this time of year & hours vary, so if you call & don’t reach us right away, leave a message. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!


MONGO, IN WEATHER

Indiana Kayak Trips & Camping

Crafting Outdoor Adventures Since 1971

Welcome to Trading Post Outfitters in Mongo, Indiana where the best of nature and adventure converge. Since 1971, we’ve been facilitating unparalleled outdoor experiences, leaving our guests to explore our diverse river trips and scenic campground while immersing yourself in the beauty of the Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area.

Surrounded by lush landscapes and the calls of native wildlife, you’ll discover why this family-friendly escape is more than just a place to paddle—it’s a wonderful window into Indiana’s great outdoors. Whether you seek a short, tranquil paddle or a long weekend retreat from the city, our idyllic setting invites you to create lasting memories out in the fresh air. A visit to Trading Post Outfitters is the perfect choice for a nature-infused, relaxing, and joy-filled day on the river.

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Why Guests Keep Coming Back

Our Adventures

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Curtis Creek

Curtis Creek

This trip departs from the Trading Post and is a very popular choice! You will paddle downstream to Nasby Dam, portage around the dam and continue your voyage. You will paddle the remaining three miles down a rocky and scenic section of the river to the wooden bridge and be shuttled back to the Trading Post. This trip may not be available during high water conditions (7 miles, approximately 2.5 – 3 hours).

Nasby Dam

Nasby Dam

This trip leaves from the Trading Post and floats downstream to Nasby Dam. Float time is approximately 1 1/2 hours depending on the current. You will be picked up and shuttled back to the Trading Post. An excellent choice for your first-time trip, small children and for fishing! Nasby Dam is one of the only “V” dams left in the United States (4 miles, approximately 1.5 hours).

Trading Post Outfitters

Trading Post Outfitters

The campground at Trading Post Canoe is situated on the same property as the canoe and kayak rental operation. We have approximately 70 sites, electric, primitive and group areas, all of which have access to indoor hot showers and restroom facilities. Our campsites border the river or the inland pond. Snacks, drinks, ice, firewood, camping supplies and gear, and apparel are available at the camp store.

Spero Bridge

Spero Bridge

A shorter version of our Refuge Bridge trip, but still provides a scenic, challenging adventure! In taking the Spero Bridge trip you are also shuttled up the river to the departure site. From there, you will paddle through woods and wetlands, eventually arriving back at the Trading Post. (10 miles, approximately 3.5 hours).

Refuge Bridge

Refuge Bridge

The Refuge Bridge trip is our most popular trip and is excellent for skilled paddlers and large groups. You are transported up-river to the launch site and then canoe or kayak down a very curvy and wooded section of the river back to the Trading Post. This is an excellent all day trip, so bring some snacks and enjoy the adventure! (13 miles, approximately 4.5 – 5.5 hours).

Riverside Camping

4 River Trip Options

Operating Since 1971

A Family-Owned Business Built on Our Love for the Area & Community

About 6 years ago, our family embarked on the unique adventure of owning and operating Trading Post Outfitters. We, Andy and Jessica Linder, purchased the Trading Post in June 2018, but our love for this business we now call our own began long before that. Andy, originally from LaGrange, has been canoeing annually on the Pigeon River with friends since 1996. Jessica joined him a little over 10 years later and continued the tradition. In the Summer of 2009

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Well hello there, Sun! ☀️ It’s great to see you FINALLY!
The river is pretty high and fast right now, but that’s typical for this time of year. We hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful day! 😎

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Well hello there, Sun! ☀️ It’s great to see you FINALLY!
The river is pretty high and fast right now, but that’s typical for this time of year. We hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful day! 😎

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Merry Christmas, everyone! From our tribe to yours, we hope you have a safe & joyful day celebrating with those you love 🎄🎁

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Oh & don’t worry, we’ll be on the river again soon enough!

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