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Muscatatuck is the native American term which translates into " land of winding waters".  Actually, the Indian pronunciation was closer to "mas-che-teh-uck", but through time evolved into its current usage. Many local parcels of property have adopted this name. The river is quite a prevalent feature in the Jennings County landscape. The river takes off from its sources and meanders amazingly through the counties Jennings and Jackson before emptying into the White River.


A Beautiful River

Due to the nature of the underlying bedrock the river has been diverted in the strangest of paths. In many places only thin ridges separate the oxbows which in time will be lost as the river slowly eats away at the path of least resistance year after year and flood after flood.


The Dolomite Limestone band of rock was laid down some 350 million years ago. This stone is moderately hard and because of its presence has turned and twisted the river in its most erratic fashion. The carving of the river was done primarily after the last ice age when the last glacier retreated northwards. This epoch, some 12,000 years ago has left us our hills where just north in Bartholomew county we see the glacier flattened end of its southerly progression.


Although the river volume is not always high enough for good canoe and kayaking, many times it is. When the waters  are up (not too high) the prospective individual will have a most memorable ride. There are not too many rivers in which you can float down get out and climb the ridge (or go through the tunnel) and end up where you started, but that is what the Muscatatuck River offers.



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