Duck Creek Aqueduct, part of the Whitewater Canal State Memorial, 1843

South Main Street, Metamora, IN 47030

Architect/Designer: Whitewater Valley Canal Company


Duck Creek Aqueduct is a single-span covered wood aqueduct that carries the Whitewater Canal 16 feet above Duck Creek. The aqueduct unitizes the Burr through truss system which is comprised of kingpost trusses flanked by a pair of tied arches. There is a 4-foot-wide walkway on the north side of the structure to accommodate pedestrians. The structure is covered with board-and-batten siding on the south side and is open on the north side, where the roof extends over the walkway.


The Duck Creek aqueduct is the only surviving covered wood aqueduct in the United States and is an excellent example of 19th century covered bridge construction. Built as a component of the Whitewater Canal in southeastern Indiana the bridge represents a rare surviving component of an American canal system. The Duck Creek aqueduct is a remnant of the vast national internal improvements movement that occurred in the early- to mid-nineteenth century.


National Register of Historic Places, Whitewater Canal Historic District, 1973

National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, 1992

National Historic Landmark, 2014

Style: Covered aqueduct

Owner (past/present):

Past: Whitewater Valley Canal Company

Present: State of Indiana, Department of Museums and Historic Sites

Materials: Wood

Additions and/or changes with date:

1846, partially rebuilt after flood damage. Rebuilding included the modified Burr arch truss system.

2005, rehabilitation

Historic use/current use: Aqueduct

Is building open to the public?: Yes, seasonal boat tours available

Condition: Fair

Website and/or sources of information:



Research Sources:

National Register of Historic Places, Whitewater Canal Historic District, Metamora, Franklin, IN. 1973.

National Historic Landmark, Duck Creek Aqueduct, Metamora, Franklin, IN. 2013.