Address: Lake Webster, North Webster
Built: c. 1929
Architect: Barbour Metal Boatworks
Style: Sternboat/Paddle wheel
Current owner: Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

Distinctive features:

  • Large red paddlewheel on the stern end of the boat
  • Open air upper deck offers 360-degree view
  • The paddlewheel is 10 feet wide and has 12 white oak blades (buckets)

Reasons to cherish this place:

The Dixie is Indiana’s oldest excursion sternboat and one of the few boats on the National Register of Historic Places.

Riding the Dixie is a leisurely way to tour Lake Webster, a 640-acre lake with four islands. The 75-minute cruises are offered every evening Memorial Day to Labor Day, the traditional lake season, and twice on Sundays.

Beginning with its launch in 1929, the Dixie played an important role in creating the lake culture in Northeast Indiana by offering families a fun way to get out on one of the region’s hundreds of lakes even if they did not own a boat or a lake cottage.