Northeast Indiana Birding Opportunities - Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve
Eagle Marsh is a 756-acre wetland nature preserve located on the southwest border of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A berm, built in 2015 by the US Corps of Engineers in an effort to prevent Asian carp from crossing into the Great Lakes watershed, is topped by the Continental Divide Trail. This trail, accessed from a parking lot off Engle Road, combined with a part of Trail 1 and the Towpath Trail (a remnant of canal days, now part of Fort Wayne Trails) is three-mile hike that provides a good overview of the preserve.
Other trails in the east end are accessible from the parking lot. The parking lot of the BSA Scouts office provide access to trails at the west end of the property.
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Address: 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.
Hours: sunrise to sunset.
Ownership: Little River Wetlands Project.
Admission: No admission fee. At the east end, the gate across the lane to the Barn is often closed, but the public may walk in anyway. If the gate is open and you drive in, be sure you don’t get locked in.
Restrictions: No dogs or other pets, hunting, fishing, biking, motorized vehicles (except to the Barn during special events), horseback riding, alcohol, drugs, weapons, camping, campfires, and all collecting.
Parking: noted above.
Nearby amenities: The only restrooms are portable toilets behind the Barn. The preserve is on the edge of Fort Wayne, so there are many hotels and restaurants nearby. Especially close ones are clustered around the intersection of I 69 and West Jefferson Boulevard.
Accessibility: There are no paved trails.
Phone number: (260) 478-2515
Written by: Ed Powers
Photo by: April Raver