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A Citizen & Visitor’s Guide

What's Going On at Winding Creek Cove?


WHAT: An exciting stream bank restoration and public access project. The Park Department, with funding through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program and the Donnelly Foundation, will be stabilizing the stream bank near the observation deck on the east walking trail at Winding Creek Cove. Human activity along the stream has impacted the natural buffer zone which has increased erosion on the banks of Trail Creek. To address this problem, four large natural stone fishing pads will be installed to provide access to the creek while keeping human traffic off the fragile stream bank to prevent further erosion.

WHERE: Winding Creek Cove is located on the south side of Trail Creek at 8th and Dickson Streets.

WHY: It is our mission to protect Trail Creek, a very important natural resource in our community, while still providing public access for fishing, hiking and enjoyment of the natural environment.

WHEN: Construction will take place in June and July, 2018.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: There will be no access to the parking lot or east walking trail during construction. Signs will be installed along 8th Street reading “KEEP OUT: Wildlife Restoration Area.” Please respect the signs and stay out of the area while we complete this very sensitive and important work. Walk in traffic will still be permitted on the west trail, peanut bridge and the Trail Creek Greenway trail.

BENEFITS: Native communities provide substantial benefits; long-term reduced maintenance costs, carbon footprint reduction, improved soil stability, excess nutrient filtration, stormwater runoff reduction, aesthetic enhancement, and increased habitat diversity for insects, birds, fish, amphibians, and mammals.

For more information contact Assistant Park Superintendent Shannon Eason at 219-873-1506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..