Most Versatile Trip

Unmatched Wildlife Encounters

Full-Day Adventure

Paddle From Spero Bridge to Mongo Trading Post for a Day to Remember!

Experience a fun, versatile and scenic 10-mile journey that strikes the perfect balance for both experienced paddlers and families seeking a longer day on the water. This trip offers a unique blend of wooded areas, wetlands, and an open millpond adorned with lily pads and cattails, creating an ideal setting for wildlife enthusiasts on quieter days. For the quietest experience, you will want to paddle this trip on a Sunday-Friday or in the Spring and Fall. Summer Saturdays do tend to see crowds on this section of the river, not from our business alone, but a combination of other rental outfits in town as well as local paddlers who visit on their own.

One of this Indiana kayak trip’s standout features is a section boasting numerous great blue heron nests—keep an eye out for these majestic birds as you paddle the first few miles. The Spero Bridge adventure is a condensed version of our popular 13-mile Refuge Bridge trip, providing a challenging yet manageable and rewarding experience. Launch from our main outpost, shuttle upstream, and enjoy a leisurely 10-mile paddle back, surrounded by the serene sounds and sights.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Spero Bridge trip and experience a winding, forest-filled route through the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area, providing the perfect escape from everyday life.

Why Choose This River Trip?

Encounter diverse landscapes, from wooded areas and wetlands to the open millpond

Observe great blue heron nests and other local birds in their natural habitat

Enjoy a 10-mile paddle, suitable for both experienced paddlers and families alike

Immerse yourself in the tranquil sounds of birds singing, and frogs croaking in nature's symphony

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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 Spero Bridge trip starts with a shuttle departing from our main office outpost. Our staff will then transport you up to the put-in, at Spero Bridge. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time for a smooth check-in.


The trip covers 10 miles and typically takes around 3.5 – 4 hours, depending on the water level and your paddling speed. Feel free to take it leisurely with stops or paddle straight through.

Group size

1-30+ (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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