Paddle through an Indy summer

Photo provided | Grant Kinast

INDIANAPOLIS — Visitors here can now float through summer.

The possibility comes with the opening of Frank’s Paddlesports Livery Co. — a new amenity featuring kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals and float trips along the White River near downtown Indianapolis.

Headquartered in the heart of Indy Parks’ Riverside Regional Park and nestled between the White River and White River Greenway, Frank’s Livery aims to be Indy’s leading provider of canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals, tours, and instruction.

As founders of Frank’s Livery, Peter Bloomquist and Kate Lawry, explored locations for Indy’s first river-based recreational watercraft rental and landed on Riverside Regional Park where a renewal of nearly 900 acres of parkland is underway.

Bloomquist and Lawry are committed to helping people discover the joy and freedom of paddling while realizing all the health benefits and experiences that come with it. Frank’s Livery will invite new and returning visitors to Riverside Regional Park for a one-of-a-kind adventure that prioritizes education and conservation of the river’s complex ecosystem.

“The purpose of Frank’s Livery is to provide a unique perspective to Indy residents and visitors of the natural beauty of our waterways,” said Bloomquist, Frank’s Livery co-founder and director. “We look forward to providing our guests with exceptional service by training and employing enthusiastic and knowledgeable team members to serve as authentic extensions of our unique brand.”

Frank’s Livery’s fleet of high-end watercraft are all manufactured in North America and feature Jackson Kayak and Esquif Canoes. Visitors will have the opportunity to book a 7-mile trip, 4-mile trip, or by-the-hour experience.

All participants will be transported by Frank’s Livery to The Indianapolis Arts Center or Rocky Ripple access points before beginning their trek.