Lonidaw Nature Preserve

Lonidaw Nature Preserve protects a nice woods and some interesting geological features. It shelters three quarters of the shoreline of Little Whitford Lake, a five-acre kettle lake formed when an enormous block of buried ice melted after the glaciers departed.

Access to the lake’s edge is limited, perhaps because it “quakes” in spots where thick mats of roots and vegetation partially float; this gradual encroachment will eventually fill the lake.


The trail also follows part of an esker, a relatively narrow berm of sediments likely laid down long ago by a stream tunneling underneath a melting glacier.

Mature woods, spring wildflowers, and geology combine for an interesting visit.


There is a many-branched loop trail, about a mile long.


Noble County. From Kendallville, east on US 6, then left on Kammerer Road/700 N just as U.S. 6 curves to the southeast. Continue east 0.8 miles on 700 N, then left on 1000 E for 0.3 mile to a small parking area on the left.

North 41 27.374 West 85 13.903
DeLorme 23:E7

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Detering Nature Preserve


ACRES Land Trust
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 40
Indiana Department of Natural Resources