Perhaps no major river in Indiana has been of more discussion, debate, and study than the Kankakee River.


The Kankakee River has been at the forefront of Indiana's history, first as a wildlife paradise inhospitable to man's settlement, then as the focus of a drainage movement in the 1800's that changed the character of the Kankakee River Basin forever.

The 90 miles of the Kankakee River in Indiana from St. Joseph County near South Bend to the Indiana and Illinois state line. The Kankakee River is the drainage outlet for 1.9 million acres in Northwest Indiana, of which 1.6 million acres are cropland.