Family Favorite

Short, Sweet & Fun

Perfect for First-Timers

Explore the Best Place to Kayak in Indiana on This Fun, Safe, All-Ages Excursion

Embark on a family-friendly adventure with our Nasby Dam Kayak Trip at Trading Post Mongo, a beloved journey perfect for young kids and first-timers looking to ease into the joy of kayaking. Departing from our main office outpost, this delightful 4-mile float downstream offers a unique experience on one of the last remaining “V” dams in the United States.

As you paddle, you will encounter a diverse array of local fish species, from trout and carp to suckers and pike. The Nasby Millpond is a serene habitat for sandhill cranes, other captivating birds, and charming turtles. Depending on the water level, discover shallow, sandy spots ideal for a picturesque picnic lunch or letting the kids playfully splash about in the water.

Your journey concludes above the Nasby Dam, a stunning backdrop for memorable photos. For those with extra time, follow the portage trail around the dam and capture the perfect snapshot.

Why Choose This River Trip?

Explore one of the few remaining "V" dams in the United States

Encounter a variety of local wildlife and natural beauty around the Nasby Millpond

Discover great spots to pull up for a picnic and take a refreshing dip in shallow water

Perfect family-friendly kayaking experience that’s suitable for young kids and first-timers

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Trip Details

Trip Details


*Canoes are for 2 people maximum, with the exception of a child middle rider (under 70 lbs.)

**Personal shuttles are available 7 days a week for campers; for non-campers, personal shuttles are available Sunday – Friday only.


Meeting point

The Nasby Dam trip starts at our main office outpost. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled departure for smooth check-in.


The trip covers 4 miles and typically takes around 1.5 hours, depending on the water level and your paddling speed. Feel free to take it leisurely with stops or paddle straight through.

Group size

1-50+ (Contact our office for large group offers & availability.)


  • Boat rental
  • Life jackets
  • Paddles
  • Shuttle service

What to bring

For a comfortable experience:

Shoulder Seasons:

  • Dress in layers to accommodate weather changes.

Prime Summer Season:

  • Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring snacks or lunch for longer outings.
  • Ensure you have plenty of water, especially on warmer days.

Participation requirements

The minimum age and weight requirement for children on all river trips is 3 years old and 30 pounds.

Reservation, Cancellation & Weather Policy

  • FULL payment is required at the time of reservation.
  • Trip changes and cancellations may be made up until 10 days prior to your reservation.
  • Cancellations made more than 10 days prior to arrival will qualify for a credit for a future date.
  • NO REFUNDS unless you have purchased Trip Cancellation Protection
  • If Trading Post cancels the trip due to river or weather conditions, you will be offered a credit for a future date.
  • Once you are on the river or parked at your campsite, there are no refunds or credits. Please keep in mind that heat, wind, cold, rain, insects, and ever-changing river conditions are part of the activity!
  • If for any reason you need to cancel all or a portion of your reservation, the following guidelines will apply:
    • 11 days or MORE prior to your arrival date – you can reschedule for another date within the same season or receive a credit for a future date.
    • 10 days or LESS prior to your arrival date – No Refunds or Credits are issued, unless you purchased Trip Cancellation Protection.
    • Failure to check-in or contact us on the date of your scheduled arrival may forfeit your site, boat reservation and seat on the bus.
    • No refunds or credits are issued for dropping boats or changing trips less than 10 days prior to your trip date & time, unless you purchased Trip Cancellation Protection.
    • No refunds or credits are issued for no call/no shows. You MUST contact us prior to your trip time to take advantage of the Trip Cancellation Protection.
    • If inclement weather or river conditions show significant risk, Trading Post Outfitters reserves the right to issue a credit for a future paddle trip, offer a similar trip instead, or issue a refund. (Refunds issued ONLY if Trip Cancellation Protection has been purchased).


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