Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

The Whitewater Canal State Historic site operates a horse - drawn canal boat, the Ben Franklin III, and the Metamora Grist Mill

When the state went bankrupt in the 1840s, the canal was completed by private enterprise. After the canal transportation era ended, the canal was used as a source of water power for many grist mills. The Metamora Grist Mill is an example. It is still in operation, producing meal and flour, much as it has for more than 100 years.

The state of Indiana assumed management of a 14-mile section of the canal in 1946 and today operates a horse-drawn canal boat and the grist mill. Visitors can step back in time while taking a leisurely 25-minute cruise on the Ben Franklin III. Along the route they pass the Duck Creek Aqueduct, a covered bridge that carries the canal 16 feet over Duck Creek. It is believed to be the only structure of its kind in the nation.