Our Story

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, we connected with the previous owners of Trading Post, just to say how much we loved the business and could imagine owning a place like it someday. We went back to our lives in Indianapolis, got married, had our 2 beautiful daughters, Lyla and Ophelia, and almost 9 years later, Andy received a call about an opportunity to purchase the business. Not to sound cliché, but the rest really is history. It took very little deciding that this was the right next chapter for us.

This property & business has been family-owned since 1971 when it began as a small restaurant with just 7 canoes! We are honored to continue the tradition at a slightly different scale but with family, friends, and community first in mind. Since 2018, we couldn’t imagine doing anything different. We live and raise our children in nature, see amazing customers and fantastic staff year over year, and get to do creative things we love every day.

We can’t wait for you to come see us on the river! Please let us know how we can help you have the best experience and adventure possible here in Mongo.