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Wabash River 500 - Hover For Hunger

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 8:00 AM until Sunday, August 2, 2015, 5:00 PM
Launch point is near Old Shawneetown, IL
Old Shawneetown, IL  
Dave Reyburn
574-596-9775 (p)
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The Wabash River 500 - Hover for Hunger 




This is a 5 day, 500 mile journey by Hovercraft up the entire length of the Wabash River, starting from Old Shawnee Town, IL 10 miles south of the confluence of the Ohio River with the Wabash River and ending in Fort Recovery, OH.  The down river trip has  been done by boat, but never by Hovercraft and never up river.  This will be the very first attempt ever to complete the entire journey by Hovercraft.  The Hovercraft is ideally suited for navigating the shallows, sand bars, rapids, log jams, buried debris, and low head dam and shoals found along the Wabash.  


We have a small group of adventurers who are going to attempt this journey along with several ground support vehicles/RV's for camping each night, towing trailers for recovery, and fuel, spare parts, tools, food and supplies.  This will be a team effort.

It's called "Hover for Hunger" because we are using this occasion to raise awareness of childhood hunger in Indiana.   This is hovering with purpose.  We will be raising funds for charities that combat childhood hunger.
One of them is the food pantry of the Goshen Middle School.  The GMS "backpack program" feeds children from elementary school through High School age.  These are kids that are identified by their teachers or counselors of being at-risk of going hungry when they go home over the weekend.  Through the program, once per week the kids are sent home with a large bag containing enough nutritious food items to supply them with weekend meals.  The food pantry is stocked entirely by donations from local churches, individuals and grants when available.
All participants will self sponsor their costs of the trip.  All participants will also seek donations from their friends, family or coworkers for 5c per mile. (That's $25 if we make it the full 500 miles). 100% of proceeds raised will go to the charities identified by each adventurer.  These donations are generally tax deductible.  
Click the "Donate Now" button below to donate $25 (or any amount) using your credit card on our secure site.

Hear the interview with Ft. Recovery Radio and Dave Reyburn.Fort Recovery Radio Interview with Dave Reyburn - Wabash River 500


*The following is a tentative travel agenda and has not yet been finalized *
Wednesday, July 29    
City Mile marker   Notes
 Old Shawneetown, IL
 0  Initial Put in point.  Start of journey
 Wabash River confluence with Ohio
 10  Start of the Wabash River
 New Harmony, IN
 45  Ramp, Refuel
 Grayville, IL
 53  Ramp
Mount Carmel, IL  77  Ramp, Refuel
 St. Francisville, IL
 93  Ramp
 Vincennes, IN - Kimmel Park Campground
 106  Ramp, Refuel, Overnight in Campground
 Thursday, July 30
 Russellville, IL 
 117  Ramp
 Merom, IN
 141  Ramp
 Hutsonville, IL
 147  Ramp, Refuel
 Darwin, IL
 165  Ramp, Ferry crossing
 Terre Haute, IN
 188  Ramp, Refuel
 Clinton, IN
 206  Ramp
 Montezuma, IN
 216  Ramp, Refuel, Overnight in Campground
 Friday, July 31
 Sugar Creek confluence
 Lodi, IN
 232  Ramp at Hwy 234
 Vermillion River confluence
 Perrysville, IN
 241  Half way Point!!
 Covington, IN
 249  Ramp, Refuel
 Attica, IN
 267  Ramp
 Lafayette, IN
 293  Ramp (Mascouten ramp), Refuel
 Prophetstown, IL
 Tippecanoe River confluence
 Americus, IN -  Wolfe's Leisure Time Campground  304  Ramp, Refuel, Overnight in Campground
 Saturday, Aug 1
 Delphi, IN
 Logansport, IN
 339  Ramp
 Peru, IN
 359  Ramp
 Rich Valley, IN
 368  Ramp, Omar Cole park. Refuel.
 Wabash, IN
 375  Ramp
 Lagro, IN
 Andrews, IN
 Huntington, IN  398  shoals, low head dam
 Huntington Reservoir/Dam
Take out point on right, portage the only dam on the river by trailer, Overnight in DNR Campground
 Sunday, Aug 2
 Markle, IN
 408  Rapids
 Bluffton, IN
 424  Refuel
 Vera Cruz, IN
 Linn Grove, IN  438  
 Geneva, IN
 447  Refuel
 New Corydon/Jay City  460  
 Ft. Recovery, OH
 477  Take out point. End of journey!!!
   500  Final miles are non-navigable