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Darwin Ferry Crossing in Indiana


Hillbert Road (W. Oxendine Rd./W. 153rd Dr.)
across the river from Darwin, Illinois (on Indiana side)

There are gravel approach ramps on both sides of the river because there is an active cable ferry to transport farm equipment. The approach ramps can be used to launch boats.

The Indiana side of the ramp is accessed by traveling down several miles of unmarked gravel roads through farm fields. It is not easy to find without a GPS.

From the river, the ramp is on the left bank, directly across from another gravel ramp (on the Illinois side). The cable ferry will be easily visible, probably parked on the Illinois side (right bank) unless in use.


Looking up from the bottom of the boat ramp...

Looking upstream from the access site...

Looking downstream from the access site...



Important: The river is constantly changing. Hazards like log jams and tree falls will come and go often, so always be ready for them. Even islands and riverbends come and go over time. Riffles and sandbars will appear and disappear based on water flow levels. Do not attempt boating on this or any river during high water. Please be safe, respectful and responsible on the river.
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