|Williams Dam to Shoals
The 19.5-mile section between Williams Dam and Shoals take-out is a seven hour float. Camping is available at the Martin State Forest 2 miles east of Shoals on US 50 and at Williams Dam, the put-in site.
Marshall Motors Co. noted that this section of the river passes by LaSalle Spring, a sulfur water spring. In addition, a large eagle's nest (approx. 6 feet in diameter) can be seen near the islands.
The put-in is located at the Williams Dam State Fishing Area on State Road 450. Put-in facilities include a concrete ramp, campgrounds and parking lots. The riffles below may necessitate a portage on the left in lower water. The car shuttle from the Williams Dam access point should proceed west on State Road 450 to Huron-Williams Road. Take Huron-Williams Road south to US 50 then go west on US 50 to Shoals. Turn right at the third street (1 1/2 blocks before the river) and bear left at the Y intersection on River Road as you leave town. Heading north on River Road, proceed about 1 1/2 miles to the river. The road runs adjacent to the river providing several steep but passable access sites. Permission must be gained before trespassing on private property and there is limited parking along the road.
Doctor assistance may be obtained in Bedford and Shoals. Hospital services are available in Bedford and Loogootee.
Shoals to Hindostan Falls
The 16.8-mile section between Shoals and Hindostan Falls is a 6½ hour float. The river meanders between heavily vegetated banks lined with maples, willows, sycamores and cottonwood trees. Camping is available at Martin State Forest east of Shoals two miles on US 50. Hunting and fishing are permitted at Martin State Forest with fishing at Boggs Creek Recreation Area.
Marshall Motors Co. notes that this section of the river passes along Beaver Bluffs, south of Shoals. Beaver Bluffs is a public area (owned by the Indiana Heritage Foundation) that is open to hiking.
From the put-in site as described in the previous section the car shuttle travels south on US 150 to State Road 550, continue to Hindostan Road, then turn left and proceed to the river. Take-out is located at the ramp at the public access site at Hindostan Falls on Hindostan Road. If canoeing on through, the falls are quite dangerous and should be portaged between launching ramps.
Doctor and hospital services may be obtained in Shoals and Loogootee.
Hindostan Falls to Portersville
The twenty-mile section of White River between Hindostan Falls and Portersville is an enjoyable nine-hour float with two sections of rapids. The river flows slowly through farmland and wooded areas. Camping facilities are located at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area southeast of Washington 12 miles on State Road 257 and in Martin State Forest east of shoals 2 miles on US 50. The fishing is good at Hindostan Falls for freshwater drum and in the river for trotline fishing. For the canoeist who also enjoys hiking, there are thousands of acres in the national forest near the river.
The put-in site is second ramp at Hindostan Falls State Fishing Area east of Loogootee. The take-out site is at the Portersville State Launch Ramp across the river northeast of Portersville. The car shuttle beginning at Hindostan Falls moves north on Hindostan Road then west on State Road 550 to Loogootee, then south on US 231. Turn right off US 231 at County Road 650 S and head west in Alfordsville. Turn left in town on County Road 1175 E. South of town stay on the blacktop jogging west on 700 S then south on 1125 E and proceed about 4 miles to the river near Portersville. The take-out site is on the northeast side of the bridge.
Doctor assistance may be obtained in Shoals, Jasper, and Washington. Hospitals services are located in Jasper and Washington.