Mano Point Fishing Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Site at Mano Point

Mano Point is a fishing access point on the Ohio River. 

Mano Point is named for an artifact found when the site was being built in the 1960s. A mano is a grinding stone used along with a larger stone called a metate to grind flour. 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).  

There is an interpretive sign to tell the story of the early residents. Prehistoric sites and artifacts are protected by Federal law. 

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Fishing requires Indiana Department of Natural Resources fishing permit.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
  • 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. There is no longer a boat ramp at this location. 
Closest Towns: Derby, IN
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: Mano Point is located just north of the town of Derby on State Route 66. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 37o 54' 54.5" N Long - 86o 40' 18.4" W

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