Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing
as well as camping
guided river trips and picnic opportunities abound at West
Boggs Lake, Martin County State Forest and the East Fork of
the White River.
Customized fishing (and hunting)
trips are available by Rodney Wright of Overlook Rentals.
Check out the photo gallery
for a sample of the beauty and serenity of Martin County and
â€˜Our Day with
Lonnieâ€™ on the White River.
While you are here schedule
a round of golf at Lakeview
Golf Course; beautifully situated on West
the family in late summer and fall for an absolutely fun filled day
navigating through the renowned Lark Ranch Corn Maze. Creating
memories that will last lifetime!
J.G. White River Guide Service, LLC
White River Fishing Guided
Trips or Scenic White River Cruises
Call to Discuss / Book
Local restaurants, grocery, bank
and post office are located in the town of Shoals and Loogootee.
Video Tour of Martin County
Blue Spring Caverns Explore the
heart of the Natural World…by boat. An hour long boat tour
through Blue Springs Caverns brings you up close to the majesty of the
underground in a trip of natural wonders!
Martin County Museum our
Historical Society and Museum is located on Capital Ave in Shoals. We
are also the caretakers of many old records and assessments. Many other
old books and records starting in 1820 are shelved in our beautiful old
courthouse building that was erected in 1876. Martin County Historical
Society Ham and Bean Dinner on lawn of Museum (1st Saturday in October).
Overlook Park is a panoramic view
that showcases all that we have to offer in scenic Martin County. A map
and tourist information is available on-site. A scenic view of the
winding White River through river bottom, farms and valleys. Come enjoy
the park’s shelter house and picnic areas. Overlook Park can
be found along US Hwy 50 and State Road 450, west of Shoals. Centrally
located for a stop along the way while site seeing.
Jug Rock the Incredible natural
geological rock formation, Jug Rock, composed of sandstone, located in
Shoals near the East Fork of the White River.
As the largest free-standing table rock formation (also called a
“tea table“) in the United States east of the
Mississippi River, the Jug Rock has created a great deal of interest in
geological circles. The massive 60 foot high sandstone formation may be
viewed by a walk along a 60 yard woodland path from the marked roadside
turnout, west of Shoals on US Highway 50.
The Pinnacle (directly across from
the cabin) is a geological rock formation along a cliff overlooking the
East Fork of the White River at Shoals. Views of the valley at the top
of the Pinnacle are worth the uphill hike to this “tower of
rock”. The front part of a massive sandstone formation The
Pinnacle is a perpendicular descent of over two hundred feet.
Astonishingly beautiful to view, humbling to stand beneath and
surprisingly near-by in Shoals, Southern Indiana.
House Rock (1/4mile north of the
cabin) is where Indians and the first settlers used the “rock
houses” as meeting places, conventions centers of their day.
It is formed by two several hundred-ton sandstone blocks slipping on
the weak underlying foundation and lodging upon each other. This
particular formation is the greatest of the cave shelters along the
Bluffs of Beaver Bend are a
peninsula of land containing over a mile of river frontage along the
White River with a varied terrain and unusual diversity, 100 feet of
pure Mansfield sandstone. This stunning sight runs between the bluffs
and scenic White River. The bluffs are owned by the Nature Conservancy
and are protected by the State’s Department of Natural
Spout Springs is a cold and clear
water continues to flow from the ground at Spout Springs. One of the
highest volume springs in Indiana, you can’t miss this stop
in Martin County. The spring exits from the base of Beaver Bluff,
eight-tenths of a mile southwest of Shoals. On a sprawling rock wall,
known as the “Date Rock,” locals go out on boats
during the seasonal floods and mark, in paint, the water levels and the
date on the wall.
Williams Dam & Covered Bridge
formerly a site of a power plant, the Williams dam is still in place
holding the White River back and raising the water level to provide
drinking water for Bedford and Mitchell. The raised water level also
provides boating and fishing for sportsmen. South of the dam, just down
the road, is the wooden covered bridge. In 1981, the bridge was added
to the National Register of Historic Places. Take Hwy. 450 from Shoals
Falls is the first county seat of Martin County, is worth
visiting to view the low, wide waterfall and to learn the social
history of the former village of Hindostan Falls.
State Forest visitor may discover many hiking trails, nature
studies, wild foraging, hunting, picnicking, shelter houses and
Spring Mill State Park is taking a
step back in time to the early 1860’s, from the pioneer
village with 20 historical structures, rock and cave exploring to
visiting the Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial.
Lakeview Golf Course is located at
West Boggs Lake; this 9-hole course has a beautiful view of the lake.
French Lick Golf Course has the
rolling hills of southern Indiana that provide a beautiful yet
challenging golf destination. This classic course designed by iconic
architect Donald Ross, underwent a $5 million restoration in
collaboration with the Donald Ross Society. When the project was
completed, 80 of Ross’ trademark bunkers with flat bottoms
and deep, gnarly faces were once again in place along with expanded,
square or rectangular shaped greens that severely undulate. Thirty-five
of these bunkers are original to the course that Ross constructed in
1917. The course is a par 70 and plays to 7,000 yards. There is an
extensive irrigation system that covers the 60 acres of course and
seven foot wide cart paths
French Lick Casino is a 51,000
square foot Vegas-style gaming facility all on one floor with soaring
27-foot ceilings. A newly expanded non-smoking gaming area offers the
latest state-of-the-art slot machines and live-action blackjack,
roulette and craps tables.
French Lick Winery has
award-winning wines that are produced on site. Visitors can observe our
production facility via observation windows in our tasting room. They
have received over 250 medals in state, national and international
French Lick Indoor Karting the
most popular option is the “arrive & drive”
racing. Arrive & drive racing is an 8 minute heat race. Adults
– $12, juniors – $10 plus $2 per person for the
helmet head-sock. Can you reserve times for open racing? YES! Groups of
8 or more may call ahead and reserve a time. Racing times may be
reserved by calling (812) 936-5390 for immediate booking (Please have
your credit card or membership card with available racing credits ready
for you will be expected to make a deposit.) Or you may e-mail us with
your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get
back with you as soon as possible.
Indiana Railway Museum located in
French Lick, IN. You will ride aboard historic pieces of rail equipment
on a 1-3/4hour, 20mile road rail ride. While on your journey the train
will pass through portions of the Hoosier National Forest, the
2200-foot Burton Tunnel and past impressive limestone rock cuts.
Special trips are scheduled through-out the year including the Haunted
Train Ride and Polar Express Train Ride!
Paoli Peaks Southern
Indiana’s Go-To for ultimate winter fun! Pack you bags, pack
your family and friends, and come on out to see us! We’ve got
activities for every type of person. Lazy? Great! Our Snow Tubing hill
has a magic carpet that takes you back up the hill…all you
have to do is stand there and look pretty. Have lots of energy? Even
better! Our shorter-than-Colorado trails provide great exercise for
quick up and down skiing and snowboarding.
Big Splash Adventures Indoor Water Park
& Resort offers an exciting water park adventure for
the entire family! Experience tropical luxury in a family friendly
environment! 154, smoke free and pet free, Family Friendly Rooms
& Suites are waiting – many feature bunk beds! Enjoy
40,000 Square Feet of Water Park Fun! No weather worries! Our water
park is enclosed in a beautiful glass structure – one of the
few retractable roof water parks in the world!
Holiday World & Splashin’
Safari is rated the cleanest amusement park in the US. Voyage
roller coaster is named the #1 Wooden Coasters on the Planet. Also, the
park’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the
world’s #1 Water Park Ride for the second year in a row.
Lark Valley Zip Lines The Lark
Valley Canopy Zip Tour offers outdoor fun and adventure for families,
individuals, and groups of all sizes! Come visit us! We are located 7
miles from French Lick, IN on Hwy 150 between Shoals and French Lick.
Look for signs on Hwy 150!
Lark Valley Ranch We have many
activities such as the corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon ride, gem
mining, dinosaur dig, bouncy house, pony rides, a weaving exhibition,
and many other activities. Of course, there are the buffalo, longhorn
steers, donkeys, llama, pigs chickens, goats, cows, rabbits, etc. The
Lark Ranch Corn Maze is good, clean family entertainment for Southern
Indiana locals. But it’s also designed as an educational
resource for children. Last year the Ranch attracted approximately
4,000 kids. What’s more, educational groups qualify for
reduced rates of $5.00 per person, so contact us NOW to make your
4th of July Catfish Festival
All of Shoals turns out to welcome visitors and
celebrate the Fourth of July!
Ninety-two vendor booths are jammed packed every
year with crafts, handmade or not, for some great shopping.
Of course, catfish is served up fresh and piping
hot in the food court along with everything from bloomin’
onions to steak right off the grill.
There is literally something for everyone, young,
old and in between.
Sporting events and contests, cooking contest, fishing contest, music,
The Great Catfish Parade and the $10,000 Fireworks Display!
Catfish Festival VIDEO