About

Our Mission

Friends of the Rivers: Celebrating Fort Wayne’s rivers as a source of recreation, community engagement and economic development.

Friends of the Rivers is dedicated to enhancing the community’s appreciation, experience, and use of the rivers. We will provide river cruises aboard our 54-foot canal boat modeled after an authentic 1840’s canal boat this summer.

This is FOR’s first step in making the rivers more accessible to the community. The 1840’s-style, flat bottom boat will allow individuals to experience the rivers and the potential they offer for development, recreation, and educational programming.

The Fort Wayne Outfitters operates the boat under a management agreement with Friends of the Rivers, Inc.

 

Our Goals

·         Bring our rivers into people’s lives

·         Be ambassadors for our rivers’ possibilities

·         Collaborate with regional entities to promote our rivers

·         Increase navigability and access points to our rivers

·         Maintain financial stability and sustainability

Sweet Breeze, a replica of an original canal boat is owned by Friends of the Rivers and operated by Fort Wayne Outfitters. Our goal is to educate our community about the value and importance of our rivers and to share information about our heritage. We strive to instill a love for our unique three rivers and an appreciation for growing downtown development.