Mano Point Fishing Area

Area Status: Open
Site at Mano Point

Mano Point is a fishing access point on the Ohio River. This faciclity offers restrooms, parking, bank fishing, a picnic table and interpretive sign, as well as a ramp to launch boats 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.  
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

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

Mano Point is an access point for anglers on the Ohio River. It is located at the confluence of Oil Creek. Anglers can fish for a variety of fish on the banks from this site.

Fish Species Channel cat, bass, pan fish, carp, etc
Fishing Mode bank or boat
Cleaning Station none
Water Temperature Varies by season
Accessible Platform none
Fishing Method fishing pole with lures or bait
Water/Flow Level Fluctuates

Interpretive Areas

An interpretive sign at Mano Point explains how this area was once the site of a prehistoric village. A mano is a tool used by prehistoric people to grind grain into flour. The sign explains how early people once settled along waterways such as the Ohio River and built villages.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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