Events & Information
Check out the latest events along the river.
Whether it’s an enriching program or cleanup at one of the river parks or an offering from some of the largest cultural and entertainment attractions in Central Indiana, White River is the backdrop for events for all interests.
Free Paddle Day
August 19 @ 8:00 am
Rock the Ruins: Jessie James Decker
August 19 @ 7:00 pm
Symphony on the Prairie: One Night of Queen: Gary Mullen & The Works
August 19 @ 8:00 pm
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Many organizations, groups, businesses, cities and towns love the White River and have plans for the future. We’re keeping track of some of the key plans, projects, and initiatives related to the river.
For the same reason the Lenape people (the inhabitants of the area when European settlers arrived) called the river “Wapahani,” or river of white sands. While erosion and sediment loads today obscure it, the river’s bottom is often white limestone or limestone sand, giving the river a gleaming white reflection on sunny days.
Check out the White River Alliance’s Live Conditions page to see risk levels associated with water level and pollution. Generally, the entire river is “impaired,” meaning that it does not meet water quality standards for swimming. This is particularly true after rain events (especially south of Broad Ripple), when pollution is swept into the river. During dry weather we recommend “feet, not face,” meaning its fine to touch the river, just don’t do things like swimming that would splash water into your face! Learn more on our water quality page.
It depends on the type of fish, who’s eating them, and how often. The Indiana State Department of Health maintains a map of fish consumption advisories for all waterways in Indiana. This site gives recommendations for sensitive populations as well as the general population and will tell you how much of a type of fish is safe to each over a timeframe.
Yes, unless the water levels are too high and fast. Check out the White River Alliance’s Live Conditions page to see risk levels associated with water level and pollution. We recommend “feet, not face,” meaning its fine to touch the river, just don’t do things like swimming that would splash water into your face!
The people do! The river and its riverbed are held in trust by the State of Indiana for use by everyone. This includes a small portion of the shoreline up to something called the “ordinary high watermark”, which isn’t always able to seen. Always assume that most of the land along the river is private property. Please be respectful of these owners and do not trespass. Learn more about river rights.
During normal flows, the river isn’t naturally very deep in most places, and in some places during the summer you can easily walk across it. The dams on the river do create much deeper pools though, and the closer you get to them the deeper the water can be (the tallest dam on the river is 20 feet tall). Never go near a dam.