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  • This site was recognized as a significant natural area by Lindsey, Schmeltz, and Nichols in their 1969....
  • Burr oak savannas once covered thousands of acres in northwestern Indiana, primilarily on loamy soils....
  • This nature preserve contains a wide variety of wetland habitats including cattail marsh, sedge marsh, calcareous fen and shrub swamp, and contains an extensive boreal-relict stand of tamarack and yel...
  • This preserve is on thesouth end of Lake Manitou, which is just east of Rochester. Boats may be launched at the public fishing site on the east side of the lake....
  • Loon lake is most important for its number of different wetland communities which are home to over a dozen rare, threatened or endangered plant species....
  • Limberlost State Historic Site-Adams Co., 8.5 acres. This tract provides another piece of the corridor between Limberlost State Historic Site and Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve. ...
  • Little Pigeon Creek Fish & Wildlife Area, Spencer County- Acquired in 1996, these 185 acres contain 60 acres of bottomland hardwoods, 105 acres of upland hardwoods, 10 acres of old fields, and 10 acre...
  • Chapman Lake Nature Preserve, Kosciusko County- Acquired in 1999, these 38.43 acres are critical to the lake level of Little Chapman Lake....
  • Lincoln State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails, two scenic lakes, and an interpretive center to help you experience early life of settlers in southern Indiana....
  • Lime Lake Nature Preserve, Steuben County- Acquired in 1995, these 40 acres are a marshy wetland border on Lime Lake. As a dedicated nature preserve, it protects six rare plant species....
  • Limberlost Swamp Wetland-Jay Co., 113 acres. This addition to the Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve will add crucial upland and a wildlife corridor between large wooded areas....
  • Limberlost Swamp, Jay County- Acquired in 1996, these 428.21 acres preserved part of the original Limberlost Swamp. They are dedicated as a nature study area operated by Limberlost State Historic Site...
  • LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,797 acres hardwood forests, cropland and fallow fields, marshes, brush and open wat...
  • This nature preserve was originally part of the farmstead of State Senator Henry Kramer, who was elected in 1878....
  • This preserve is composed of distinctive upland and lowland communities....
  • There are three separate tracts of land in Knobstone Glade, each featuring a glade. Glades are forest openings with sparse herbaceous vegetation growing on and around bedrock outcroppings....
  • Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 7,100 acres of grasslands, crop fields, thick brush, marsh areas and a 20 acre lake...
  • The Kankakee rises in northwestern Indiana, approximately 5 miles (8 km) southwest of South Bend. It flows in a straight channelized course generally southwestward through rural northwestern Indiana, ...
  • Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 4,095 acres....
  • Jug Rock is a natural geological formation located outside of Shoals, Indiana, in the valley of the East Fork of the White River. It is composed of sandstone....
  • The Judy Burton Nature Preserve, 129.7 acres on the southwest side of Lake Manitou honoring the late local environmentalist Judy Burton....
  • Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,062 acres of wetland, upland and woodland game habitat....
  • The public lands of Huron Wetland Management District (WMD), called Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), are a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System....
  • Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is a unique natural area nestled in the Ohio River and Wabash River floodplains in extreme southwest Indiana....
  • This mesophytic hardwood forest is intermediate between beech-maple and oak-hickory types....
  • Hoosier Prairie began in the 1970s as wasteland that conservation organization found of a unique interest. From a core of 304 acres (123 ha), it has grown to 1,547 acres (626 ha) of diversity biolog...
  • Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,400 acres of upland game and wetland habitat, lakes and shallow impoundments....
  • This old-growth woods is a portion of the forest which originally covered southwestern....
  • The hemlocks are remnants of a previous glacial period. They persist this far south only on cooler north-facing slopes....
  • Harrison-Crawford State Forest, Harrison County - Acquired in 1999, this 263.5-acre addition of upland forest preserved more than .75 miles of the Blue River. The area contains significant archaeologi...
  • Hardin Ridge Nature Preserve, Floyd County- Acquired in 2000, these 190 acres within the Knobstone escarpment ecosystem were added to the nature preserve....
  • This preserve is predominantly a mesic upland forest with lowland or floodplain forest occasionally....
  • Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (GPFWA) is a glacial basin near Linton, Indiana that was once an expansive, thriving wetland. The land was pumped and drained since early in the last century....
  • Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,060 acres of land and over 1,400 acres of lakes and impoundments....
  • The Gary Lagoons is the 17th Superfund/Oil Spill site in Indiana where successful settlement of natural resource damage claims has been reached....
  • Fourteen Mile Creek, shown as Fourteenmile Creek on federal maps,[1] is a 22.7-mile-long (36.5 km)[2] creek in Clark County, Indiana, close to Charlestown....
  • Flint Barrens Nature Preserve (Harrison Co.) 2.6-acre addition to the 48-acre nature preserve to acquire most of the remaining natural land in an increasingly urbanized setting and to provide acces...

  • The predominant natural community types in the preserve are mesic and dry-mesic upland forests, and riparian forest. Falling Timber Creek is very scenic and filled with fossil-laden rock....
  • Elkhart Bog Nature Preserve, Elkhart County- Acquired in 2001, this is a 106-acre addition consisting of farmland, developable uplands, and wetlands to protect the bog and buffer it from nearby develo...
  • Strong winds from the north and west have sculptured a nationally famous dunescape along the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan....
  • This undisturbed old-growth woods is recognized by botanists as one of the most....
  • Donaldson Cave Nature Preserve surrounds the cave mouth. This is one of the most picturesque scenes in the state.Stream water flows from the cave and winds alongthe gorge bottom....
  • The area is a fine example of Karst topography, with its flat-topped ridges, geode-laden streambeds, and occasional caves. Squirrels, deer, and other game are plentiful, attracting many hunters every ...
  • Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area is made up of 4228 acres of rolling hills, ponds and the Muscatatuck River. Approximately 80 percent of the property is wooded....
  • This preserve contains over 0.5 mi. of undeveloped shoreline on one of Indiana’s cleanest and deepest lakes. Forested slopes are dominated by beech and sugar maple associated with green ash....
  • Conrad Savanna Nature Preserve is located in Newton County, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Lake Village, just west of U.S. 41 on County Road 700 North. The savanna contains alternating rolling sand dune...
  • Coffee Bayou Nature Preserve (Gibson Co.) 364.26 acres. Largest remaining floodplain forest along the lower Wabash River, with oak and hickory trees, primarily pin oak, bur oak, shell bark hickory and...
  • This preserve is of geological as well as ecological interest. Small streams have cut deep gorges into ancient Ordovician rock beds....
  • This extremely hilly area is formed upon lower Mississippian sandstones, shales, and limestone.  The preserve includes a ridge top and surrounding slopes....
  • Chinook Fish and Wildlife area is 2141 acres of rolling grasslands and wooded unreclaimed areas. Approximately 80 acres of the property is water ....
  • Wilderness Area is located close to the city of Bloomington, Indiana. Lake Monroe forms the northern boundary....
  • Located on Crumstown Highway, 3.5 miles west of the intersection of Mayflower Rd and Sample St. Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve is 82.7 acres....
  • 40 acres of one of the highest quality old growth woods ....
  • Calumet Prairie is a joint venture between the National Park Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Calumet Prairie State Nature Preserve in the northern portion....
  • This woods stands like an oasis surrounded by farmland. As you approach the preserve notice how tall, dense and even the forest canopy is, compared to woodlots which have been more heavily grazed and ...
  • Brock-Sampson Nature Preserve, Floyd County- Acquired in 2000, this 96-acre addition to the existing 453-acre preserve consists of a very steep ravine forest with chestnut oak on the uplands, typical ...
  • There are two parking lots. The South lot is a grass and gravel parking area. To reach the south lot, travel north on US 31 toward Rochester....
  • Bluffton Wetlands & Greenway, Wells County- Acquired in 2001, these 115.084 acres are adjacent to the Ouabache State Park, and bordered on the south by the Wabash River. This land helps to conserve an...
  • This 210-acre preserve is dedicated a former owner State Nature Preserve....
  • Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area is a unique natural resource area because all of the land has been stripmined. Blue Grass FWA covers approximately 2,532 acres and features about 28 pits and lakes (6...
  • Bloomfield Barrens Nature Preserve, Spencer County- Acquired in 1995, these 60 acres along the Little Pigeon Creek add forestland to a state nature preserve....
  • The siltstone barrens community found here is very rare in the Midwest. There is a variety of spring....
  • Tall Timbers Trail is a 1.9-mile hike through some of the Big Walnut NP’s most impressive woodlands. Dramatic ravines, several types of high quality forests with towering hardwoods, and the potentia...
  • Big Spring is situated at the base of a steep spring alcove and represents an alluviated cave spring (one which has been previously covered by stream sediments)....
  • Comprised of Big Chapman Lake on the north and Little Chapman Lake on the south, connected by a dual-lane channel. These spring-fed lakes have no incoming major streams, but, there are five major drai...
  • The preserve contains two major tree cover types whose occurrence is related to soil type and soil moisture....
  • Bell-Croft Woods is a mixed old-growth stand with numerous large trees of a variety of species includingwhite oak, red oak, burr oak, pin oak,beech, sugar maple, shagbark hickory, red elm, black cherr...
  • Baseline Barrens Nature Preserve (Washington Co.)80 acres. A remnant limestone barrens and woodland complex located on the Karst plain, dominated by prairie grasses and forbs, and the woodlands by pos...
  • The area is dominated bu oaks and hickories, but the presence of such species as burr oak, swamp white oak, pin oak, red maple, sycamore, and cottonwood attest to its wetness at times....
  • Atterbury State Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 6,206 acres of upland game habitat, marsh, running creeks and shallow impound...
  • Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 9,956 acres, which includes 1,200 acres of open water, marshes and flooded cr...
  • Wilbur Wright FWA is 1070 acres of river valleys and associated uplands. The Big Blue River is the western boundary and the dark, organic soil floodplain occupies approximately one third of the proper...
  • White Oak is the most important tree within this fine example of an oak-hickory forest. It also supports red, black, scarlet, post and chestnut oaks, along with pignut, shagbark and bitternut hickorie...
  • Wells wood is a tract of old-growth forest in southern Indiana.The preserve is situated on what is locally called 'the white clay flats', which is level terrain consisting of cobbsfork silt loam soil....
  • This extremely hilly area is formed upon lower Mississippian sandstones, shales, and limestone. The preserve includes a ridge top and surrounding slopes....
  • This tract contains high-quality limestone cliffs, waterfalls, mesic and dry-mesic upland forests, the latter containing a large Eastern hemlock stand....
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  • Twin Swamps consists of a swamp cottonwood-bald cypress swamp and an overcup oak swamp, with an area of southern flatwoods between the two. Twin Swamps is home to many bird species normally associated...
  • Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,546 acres of land, with 650 acres of lakes and impoundments. ...
  • The Tippecanoe River forms the sinuous border of this preserve for about 1.5 mi. Adjacent to the river is an extensive floodplain and bottomland area that contains many old oxbow sloughs. Silver maple...
  • Thompson Bog Nature Preserve 40 acres located in LaPorte County of one of the few remaining high quality bogs in Indiana....
  • This 40-acre project is located in LaPorte County. It protects one of the few remaining high quality bogs in Indiana. It has been a target for protection since the 1970s, when it was discovered during...
  • This nature preserve is a part of a larger 1428 acre property jointly acquired by the DNR Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Nature Preserves....
  • Originally called GreenSpring, Tank Spring wasonce used to supplysteam-poweredlocomotives on the adjacent railroad....
  • The 92-acre Selma N. Steele State Nature Preserve, which boasts several rare and endangered plant species, was dedicated in 1990....
  • The Tetrick Tract of Suman Fen is 23-acres located in Jackson Township in Porter County and is part of the Moraine Nature Preserve complex....
  • Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area is unique in that much of the land has been strip-mined....
  • The Sugar Creek Nature Park is a project 16 years in the making. The City of Crawfordsville along with Crawfordsville Community Schools and other organizations have finally brought this project to lif...
  • Springfield Fen Nature Preserve is part of cooperative project between Nature Preserve & Fish & Wild life area....
  • The Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area, named after the major ridge and historic logging road, was purchased by the state from Charles Perin in 1997...
  • Smith Cemetery is located about 2 miles southwest of perisville, on the southwest corner of S.R. 63 and a farm lane...
  • Shrader-Weaver nature preserve was given to people of Indiana by Laz and Edith Weaver. This 108 acres property was originally deeded to The Nature Conservancy, a private preservation organization, the...
  • Shrader-Weaver nature preserve was given to people of Indiana by Laz and Edith Weaver. This 108 acres property was originally deeded to The Nature Conservancy, a private preservation organization, the...
  • This property consists of a significant and high quality southern lowland flatwoods forest communitydominated by post oak, swamp white oak, southern red oak, pin oak, and shellbark hickory....
  • Beech-maple is the dominant forest type on much of the preserve. Oak-hickory forest is found on the western edge. On the east slope the forest tends toward mixed mesophytic type, although beech-maple ...
  • These sand hills were formed during the Wisconsin glacial period, which created the Northern Moraine and Lake Region of Indiana....
  • Little Salt Creek Wildlife Management AreaOwned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Little Salt Creek WMA consists of 256 acres and contains saline wetlands,open prairie, and grasslands....
  • The St. Joseph Valley Parkway is a freeway in the U.S. states of Indiana and Michigan, serving as a bypass route around Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend in Indiana and Niles in Michigan....
  • This area is managed both as wetland conservation area and nature preserve....
  • This part of Turkey Run contains narrow canyons flanked by high walls of Mansfield ....
  • Pyrmont Mill Natural Area-Carroll Co., 21.75 acres. Owned and managed by the Wildcat Creek Foundation, Inc., this property will be restored to improve the riparian corridor along the Wildcat Creek....
  • Pokagon State Park is located near Angola, just off I-69. The park was originally called Lake James State Park when proposed to be the fifth Indiana State Park in 1925....
  • There are two contrasting habitats in this preserve. The dry upper slopes of limestone and sandstone are covered with slow-growing trees, shrubs, and open glades....
  • Portland Arch Nature Preserve is a 293-acre (1.19 km2) nature preserve near the Wabash River in Fountain County, Indiana, and is a National Natural Landmark....
  • Pipewort Pond has a very shallow basin which creates wide seasonal fluctuations in the water level....
  • Pine Hills was originally divided into a number of ownerships. One of the wider ridges adjoining the more level upland was cleared, but the rest of the land remained essentially in timber....
  • Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 11,605 acres of land, 529 acres of lakes and impoundments and 17 miles of free f...
  • Most of the shoreline is low and marshy, which undoubtedly contributed to the lack of development. Swamp forest along the shoreline includes tamarack, silver maple, red maple, and green ash....
  • Ogle Hollow is one of the few places in Indiana where these trees are found. In addition to the yellowwood, chestnut oak and black oaks are found on the upper slope. Red and white oaks are at lower el...
  • Nine Penny Branch contains an old growth mesic upland forest, dominated by beech and tulip poplar.It also contains areas of young, second growth forest....
  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is located in south central Indiana. It includes 7,802 acres near Seymour and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington....
  • Mounds State Park, located off I-69 east of Anderson, features 10 unique earthworks built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people....
  • Mosquito Creek Nature Preserve-Harrison Co., 78 acres. This property helps protect several glades in the Mosquito Creek watershed....
  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Monroe County- Acquired in 2002, these 221 acres are a wooded inholding that is surrounded on three sides by state forest land....
  • Moraine Nature Preserve, Porter County- Acquired in 1998, 2000 and 2001, these 80.80 acres added to the existing state nature preserve....
  • Modoc Wildlife Management Area is a 167-acre public property managed by Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area and offers upland and woodland hunting....
  • This portion of Spring Mill, with its old-growth timber, appears to represent the largest single block of undisturbed sinkhole plain in a natural forest community remaining in Indiana....
  • Minnehaha FWA has 8,382 acres of rolling grassland and wooded bottomland areas. Approximately 600 acres of the property is water (mostly strip pit lakes)....
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