Nesting Birds


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Embark on an Immersive Multi-day Kayaking & Birding Adventure

Calling all birding and kayaking enthusiasts! Get ready to explore the best natural areas of northeast Indiana during the peak of the nesting season in June. Immerse yourself in the sounds of various bird songs as we navigate through the narrow channels that connect the lakes at Chain O’Lakes State Park. With multiple kayaking trips, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with a diverse range of bird species in their natural habitat. This multi-day tour provides a unique opportunity to witness the beauty and wonder of bird life in Indiana’s picturesque wilderness!

Noble County in northeast Indiana is home to Chain O’Lakes State Park, a beautiful mix of kettle lakes and forested glacial till terrain. The state park will be the focal point of our tour, but we will visit several other natural and historic areas and birding hotspots. Be sure to check out our Birding List below!

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Tour Highlights

Kayak Indiana and the gorgeous lakes of Chain O’Lakes State Park

Stay at the historic Kimmell House Inn B&B in northeast Indiana

Enjoy early morning birding walks followed by full breakfasts

Visit the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Go birding at Merry Lea Environmental Center

Learn the songs of Indiana’s nesting birds

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • $600 double occupancy, includes entry fees, transportation from Bloomington & kayak rental
  • $500 double occupancy, includes kayak (transport yourself)
  • $450 double occupancy, does not include kayak (transport yourself)
  • $200 single supplement if space allows

Meeting point

Bloomington or Chain O’Lakes State Park


June 13-16, 2023
Sold out

This tour is full for 2023, but check back next winter for details about the 2024 trip. Better yet, sign up for the e-newsletter or request to be on the early notification list!


4 days, 3 nights

Group size

6 to 8 participants


  • Lodging at Kimmell House Bed & Breakfast in northeast Indiana
  • Transportation from Bloomington if needed
  • Binoculars are available to borrow if requested beforehand
  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Life jackets

Not included

Lunch and dinner costs are not included; we will be served breakfasts at the B&B. We plan to have picnics and eat at some local restaurants.

What to bring

  • Picnic lunch
  • Water bottle
  • A complete packing list will be provided after registration

About your guide

David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding, will lead this trip. David has over 25 years of birding experience and loves to share his joy for birding.

What You’ll See & Do

On this tour we allow the weather to help guide our day-to-day itineraries as we want to take advantage of the best conditions to be out exploring! We do always start each day with an early morning birding walk at a nearby nature preserve followed by a full breakfast at the Inn though!

Our tour begins at Bloomington (if you need transportation), but you will receive a discount if you drive yourself and meet at the state park on the afternoon of the 13th. We will then hike and bird on one of the trails before going to the nearby Kimmell House Inn B&B to check in.

We also have day trips planned to two amazing environmental and historic sites: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. Each day will also include a “birding by kayak” trip on the connected lakes at the state park.

Important Info

This is the first time we’ve offered this exciting new itinerary. Some prior kayaking experience is preferred, but none of the paddling trips we take will be very difficult or long. Discounts are available if you bring your own kayak or provide your own transportation. Please contact David before registering to find the best traveling and lodging package for you and your touring companions. A single supplement may be available if space allows, but priority will be given to those registering as double occupancy.

Birding List

Here’s a list of some of the bird species we hope to see:

  • Sandhill Crane
  • Wood Duck
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Willow and Least Flycatchers
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Many warblers: Blue-winged, Prothonotary, Hooded, Cerulean, Chestnut-sided, American Redstart, and Ovenbird.

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