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Explore Fort Wayne's Three Rivers

Since Fort Wayne’s establishment, our three rivers: the St. Marys, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, have been an intrinsic part of the city. From adventuring the trails along the river, to getting out onto the water, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience and bond with nature!

Promenade Park

Promenade Park offers visitors a brand-new take on entertainment, recreation and relaxation. Promenade Park offers visitors a chance to:

Play – With interactive options for family fun!

  • Parkview Tree Canopy Trail
  • Doermer Kids' Canal
  • PNC Playground
  • Ping Pong, Foosball, and Cornhole tables (with equipment available inside Trubble Riverside Cafe and Tap)

Explore – Extensive river access points and new opportunities to get on the river enable visitors to enjoy scenic boat tours or head out on their own in a rented kayak.

Relax – Dining and park experiences offer opportunities to “hang out” and enjoy the views any day of the week. Grab a snack and craft beer at Trubble Riverside Cafe and Tap

Celebrate – Promenade Park houses the state-of-the-art Sweetwater Band Shell and Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheater – promising concerts and live music experiences throughout the season.

Plan Your Visit

Water Trails

We’ve designed a few water trails to help you chart a course on our rivers.

Play on the Rivers

If you’re ready to venture onto the waters, you can do it by canoe, single or double kayak, or standing paddleboard. Fort Wayne Outfitters rents all three at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. You can also rent canoes or kayaks from Earth Adventures Unlimited. This is a great way to see the city! Check out a few of our suggested water trails here

River Cruises

Experience the city by taking a boat ride on one of the three rivers in Downtown Fort Wayne.

You can enjoy rides along the river this summer with:

Canal Boat - Travel Fort Wayne Rivers on Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s authentic 1840s canal boat replica. It's wheelchair accessible and shaded. This is not a boat ride, it’s an experience!  Both 90 and 45 minute tours are available to entertain riders with colorful river lore stories, Fort Wayne history from the riverbank and muddy water tales. You’ll leave your voyage knowing more about our city, our heritage, and our water supply. 

  • Time: 45 to 90 minutes
  • Departs From: Varies. Please confirm when you book. 
  • Tickets: $20-$30 per person
  • Private Booking Available for up to 38 
  • Booking: forfw.org
  • (260) 420-3962

Captain Black Boat Tours - Enjoy tours of the St. Marys and St. Joseph Rivers in Downtown Fort Wayne with a pontoon ride provided by Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot.

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Departs From: Varies. Please confirm when you book.
  • Tickets: $350 for private tour of up to 12 
  • Booking: fwoutfitters.com
  • (260) 420-3962

Riverfront Fort Wayne Boat Tours – If history is your thing, grab a seat aboard one of the pontoon tour boat rides presented by Riverfront Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Parks department.

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Departs From: Varies. Typically Promenade Park. Please confirm when you book.
  • Tickets: $12 per person
  • Booking: RiverfrontFW.org or FortWayneParks.org
  • (260) 427-6000

Airboat Rides – Feel the breeze, and take a fun airboat ride. Rides are by reservation only during the evenings of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm.

  • Time: Varies
  • Departs From: River Dock below the Deck at Don Hall's Gas House
  • Tickets: $20 per person for up to 6 people
  • Booking: Mike Gasdorf at MGasdorf@frontier.com or call (260) 417-3249

Rum Runner Party Boats – A unique Party Barge experience. Groups of up to 16 can book this floating bar for a tour on the rivers.  

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Departs From: Varies. Typically Headwaters Park West. Please confirm when you book.
  • Tickets: $30 per person for up to 16 people
  • Booking: RumRunnerPartyBoats.com 
  • Joey Tippman - (260) 467-3082

 

Parks and Trails

Fort Wayne is home to more than 80 parks and more than 100 miles of trails, the most prominent of which is Rivergreenway. The Rivergreenway Trail stretches 25 miles from Fort Wayne to New Haven, winding along the banks of the rivers. This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, and more.

Plan your trail walk or bike ride with this Trails Itinerary or print a map for handy navigation.

Water Trails

We've created several water trail routes for you to enjoy. Rent a kayak or canoe from Fort Wayne Outfitters and take to the rivers!

Bike Rental

Rent a bike with Fort Wayne Outfitters who make it easy for you to hop on a trail and enjoy the river scenery.

Riverfront Fort Wayne

In the coming years, you’ll find even more ways to explore the rivers as a result of the RiverFront Fort Wayne project, a plan to develop the rivers and make them more accessible.

As Fort Wayne builds a vibrant community along our rivers, visitors and residents can still enjoy many events and activities right now with some of the following Riverfront Fort Wayne programming —

  • Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races
  • Pedal, Paddle, and Play!
  • Open Streets
  • Citizen Science programs, including: 
    • Project Squirrel
    • Nature's Notebook
    • Young Naturalist
    • Birdwatching on the Urban Rivers
    • Stargazing on the Riverfront
  • Intro to Kayak and Intro to Dragon Boat classes
  • Storytime on the Bridge
  • YLNI Concert Series
  • Free Movies
  • Free Walking Tours
  • Historic and Ecological boat tours

And much more!

Riverfront Access and Parking Map

Riverfront Access and Parking Map

For more information, visit riverfrontfw.org

CONSTRUCTION AND DETOUR NOTICE

Riverfront areas will be under construction in 2019.
Click here to see a map of closures and detours.

 

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