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Posted on: May 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Canoe/Kayak Rental Open at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park!

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In order to accommodate current COVID-19 safety precautions, this year, rental operations will begin at Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park in Osceola, IN. Public rentals will be available Friday-Sunday from 11am to 4pm. All vessels and equipment must be returned by 7pm. The fee is $25 for up to 3-hours per canoe or 2-person kayak. Patrons will have the opportunity to paddle on Baugo Creek as well as paddle out to Baugo Bay. Rental packages include vessel, paddles and required life jackets. Please note that single person kayaks will not be offered at this time. A limited number of vessels are available and on a first-come basis. Renters must be at least 18 years old and present a valid picture ID. Adults must accompany anyone under 18. This activity is not recommended for children 3 years of age and younger.

For the safety of our guests and employees, St. Joseph County Parks will be taking the following precautions:

  • All rental equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between each customer use.
  • We ask all customers to maintain 6 ft. social distancing between staff and other customers.
  • Rental capacity will be limited.
  • Public restrooms are currently closed in the park, plan accordingly.

Please note that SJCP will not open canoe/kayak rental when the creek or weather conditions are deemed unsafe. Updates will be listed on our St. Joseph County Park Facebook page or by calling 574/674-9765 during park hours.

Canoe/kayak rental at St. Patrick’s County Park has been postponed at this time, due to the inability to safely social distance passengers when being shuttled in park vans to and from canoe launch sites. The possibility of opening canoe/kayak rental at St. Patrick’s County Park will be re-visited later in the summer.

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