The Ohio River was the interstate of our forefathers, providing a pathway to the western frontier. Today, lock and dam systems along the river create a series of lakes. During the summer there is very little current and the river is maintained at a constant level. At nearby Derby, Indiana this majestic river is approximately a quarter mile wide with a channel 50 feet deep.
Mano Point is a boat and fishing access point on the Ohio River. It is named for an artifact found when the site was being built in the 1960s. Based on the number of artifacts collected here in the 1960s, we believe this was once the site of a Native American village which stood here on the banks of the Ohio River from the Early Archaic Period (7500-6900 BC) to the Late Archaic Period (4000-1000 BC).
You will see plenty of boats. You can watch the authentic paddle-boats traverse the river. Barges move goods from the Mississippi to other river towns such as Louisville and Cincinnati. Recreational boaters take advantage of warm days on the water and kayakers are also known to put in at Mano Point. The Mogan Ridge East Trail is close by and provides beautiful views of the river. This 6.7 mile hike only trail traverses through a variety of ecosystems including hardwood forest, wetland and grassland. Rock outcroppings are another prominent feature along the trail. This trail access the Mogan Ridge West 12.3 mile trail.
Hoosier National Forest, Indiana’s National Treasure, is located in the hills of south central Indiana. The forest provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. The Hoosier is home to Indiana’s only designated Wilderness, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area on the shores of Lake Monroe. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a favorite place to visit.
Amenities: There is interpretive signage available at the site.
A primitive toilet is provided.
A large parking area, a picnic table, and a dock.
Operating Hours: Open year-round unless the water is too high.
Fees: None. Day use is free.
Think safety: Please be advised that swimming is not allowed at Mano Point. There is no designated swimming beach provided at Mano Point.
Indiana state law mandates a person must not swim or allow a child or other person in their care to swim at a location other than a designated beach during designated hours.
State law does allow swimmers to swim from a watercraft between sunrise and sunset in an embayment but not within 300 feet of a designated launching ramp.
Accessibility: Mano Point boat ramp is the only access point the Hoosier NF has on the Ohio River.
Lat - 37o 54' 54.5" N Long - 86o 40' 18.4" W