About us

Banks of the Wabash

Banks of the Wabash works to improve the quality of life for residents and enhance visitor experiences for guests.  We bring together a variety of individuals and organizations interested in conservation, historic preservation, economic development, community education and heritage tourism. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. is a non-profit, membership based organization.  We depend on members like you to help preserve, enhance and promote the significant historical and natural resources of the Wabash River corridor.  Please consider joining Banks of the Wabash to help us accomplish our goals!

What makes the Wabash River so special?

The Wabash River valley's rich history is rooted in the Native American tribes that were here for centuries. French explorers, and the American settlers who followed them, each left an indelible mark in the region's history. European immigrants found their way into the area along the Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest canal ever completed in the United States. The canal and railroads brought tremendous economic growth to the Wabash River valley, and that work ethic is still prevalent in the region.

The Wabash corridor encompasses rural, pastoral landscapes that look much the same today as they did a century ago, as well as vibrant urban areas with major colleges and universities. Banks of the Wabash works to improve the quality of life for residents and enhance visitor experiences for guests.  We bring together a variety of individuals and organizations interested in conservation, historic preservation, economic development, community education and heritage tourism. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. is a non-profit membership based organization.  We depend on members like you to help preserve, enhance and promote the significant historical and natural resources of the Wabash River corridor. 

Today, recreational opportunities along the Wabash River and its tributaries are growing. Several state-owned parks and historic sites are located within the river corridor, as well as the largest single collection of historic covered bridges (in one county) in the United States. Art museums, festivals hiking trails, small, quaint towns and even an original Dentzel carousel are just a few of the attractions that can be experienced in communities throughout the region.  Boat launch ramps can be found throughout the corridor, and parks and hiking trails have been constructed along the river fronts of some communities.

For many years, On the Banks of the Wabash has been recognized as Indiana's state song. In 1996, the General Assembly declared the Wabash to be Indiana's state river. Although the Wabash has been immortalized in music and literature, it remains relatively obscure as a tourist destination.   

Why should I join the Banks of the Wabash?

When you join Banks of the Wabash, you help improve the quality of life for all residents in the corridor and enhance the experiences of visitors from outside the corridor. Members receive our River Currents newsletter.  Your membership dues and volunteer time enables us to:

· Preserve & protect important historical, natural, and cultural resources
· Create an appreciation of the Wabash River as a cultural and recreational resource
· Raise awareness about the Wabash River
· Support the improvement of communities in the corridor
· Develop programs for residents and visitors alike

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