There are numerous public access points along the Wildcat Corridor.
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The wildcat creek system consists of three forks (North, South, Middle). All the forks flow in an east to west direction. Often water levels very on all three forks depending on the season, spring having the higher levels and late summer/early fall having lower levels. The South Fork of the wildcat begins in Carroll County flowing through north-central Indiana crop lands, pastures, forests, as well as developed areas for about ten miles into Tippecanoe County. The south fork often has less water compared to the north fork but still allows for great canoeing and fishing. The south fork eventually meets up with the north fork at First Wildcat Park.
The North Fork begins for canoeists at the Adams Mill Public Access and ends in the Wabash River near Lafayette. The north fork has the larger flow of water of the three waterways. Along the creek you can find six public access sites starting at Adams Mill and ending with Davis Ferry on the Wabash. The north fork also offers great fishing as well as viewing of wildlife.
The Middle Fork is not as easily accessible as the other two forks. A number of obstacles make this fork more difficult for the average canoeist. An experienced canoeist may find the creek challenging if water levels are cooperative.
North Fork of Wildcat Creek
Adams Mill (dam) to Knop Lake - the put in site is at Adams Mill Public Fishing Area. There is a path that leads to the water but it may be lengthy. This is a popular place for fishermen. There are plenty of picnic areas in and around the mill. Parking spaces shouldn't be a problem, as there is plenty of room. It is approximately 14 miles to the next access site. So plan accordingly for a 6 to 8 hour float. The creek flows under the Lancaster covered bridge (500 W). This is a popular area for photographers.
• Directions- from Adams mill to Knop lake - left (S) on 75 E to 500 S right (W) to Cutler and left (S) on Meridian to 75 S go right (W) on 600 S for 5 miles to Owasco. South on 421 to 650 S to 2 miles to Knop Lake on the right (hard to see the entrance).
Knop Lake to Mis-so-la - this is a nine-mile trip taking from 4 to 7 hours to float.
• Directions - from Knop Lake to Mis so la - right out of park on 650 south to 800 W then right (N) to Pyrmont left on 550 S past Co Line Road the road changes to 325 N (2 miles) to 725 E left go 1.5 miles to park on your right.
Mis-so-la to First Wildcat Park - the parking area at Mis-so-la is small. The put in site is easy to find and easy to use. The 4 mile trip can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Recommended as a good trip for those who are looking for a quick easy paddle.
• Directions - from Mis-so-la to First Wildcat Park - left on 725 E for 1.5 miles to 300 N left for 1 mile to 600 E go left follow down to the bend onto Eisenhower road. First Wildcat Park is on the left side of the road.
First Wildcat Park to Peters Mill - The park has plenty picnic tables as well as a picnic shelter. There are also restrooms and plenty of parking. The put-in at First Wildcat Park can require a lengthy portage to the edge of the creek. A nice sandy beach covers the area popular with the locals for swimming and lying out. The float should take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
• Directions - take a left onto Eisenhower to Creasy Road - left over the bridge then right onto Eisenhower Court you will see the entrance on the right.
Peters Mill to Davis Ferry (Wabash River) - The Peters Mill site is small but easily accessible to the water. It has a nice wooden dock for easy access to the creek. The float from Peters mill to Davis Ferry can take anywhere from 5 to 8 hours.
• Directions - Right on Creasy to Greenbush St. 2 miles to 52 west to Duncan Road left at first stop sign then go left on North 9th St. for 2 miles to park entrance on left side of the road before the bridge.
Emergency medical service is available at hospitals in Kokomo and Lafayette.
South Fork of Wildcat Park
From Dayton to Fairfield - The put in is downstream of the state road 38 bridge (on the eastern edge of Dayton), along Co. Road 800 E., on the right bank of the creek. Stay close to the bridge and follow the path to the creek. There is plenty of paved parking for at least 50 cars. The next public access site is in the Fairfield Lake Fish and Wildlife area. It can take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours to float this stretch.
• Directions- from Dayton to Fairfield - Left (N) out of parking lot to 200s. Left to 750 E then a right to Fairfield public access on the left side of the road.
Fairfield to Monitor - The put in is on a sandy shore found at the end of a small walking path, which is paved, and ADA accessible. The parking area can hold around a dozen cars. The float should take from 2 to 4 hours to reach Monitor Public access site.
• Directions - from Fairfield to Monitor - North on 750 E to S.R. 26 then left (West) to Monitor Access found just before the old iron bridge on the left side of 26.
Monitor to First Wildcat Park - the put in is located just under the bridge. A short footpath with steps leads you to the water. The float can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
• Directions - from Monitor to First Wildcat Park - take a right (E) on 26 to 775 E then go left (N) to 300 N go left (W) to 500 E then left (S) to Eisenhower Road - Wildcat Park is on the left.