Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is a very large municipal park that encompasses much of the upper reaches of Eagle Creek Reservoir. The vast majority of the park’s visitors stick to the developed areas in the eastern part of the park. Numerous trails meander over the property, but most don’t venture far from overt human influence – roads, buildings, fences, etc.

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The park is a favorite of local birders; the size of the reservoir, along with the (virtual) lack of boats, makes it very attractive to migrating waterfowl. Many birders favor a walk that leads them north from the ornithology center, then west, and back around on a dike that encloses a portion of the reservoir. Adjacent mudflats, islands and open water host shorebirds and waterfowl, while the wooded trails immediately north and south of the ornithology center afford views into the tops of trees rooted far below along the water’s edge, which helps minimize neck strain when searching for those species that prefer higher perches. Beyond that, your best bet on the park’s east side is to ask for a trail map at the gate and explore.

NORTH ENTRANCE

Directions: Marion County. From I-65 Exit 124, west one quarter mile on 71st St to the gate. (Fee)

GPS: N 39 52.658 W 86 17.706

Facilities: Nature Center, bathrooms, water, shelters, other facilities in season

SOUTH ENTRANCE

Directions: Marion County. From I-465 Exit 19 (northbound only), west 0.8 miles on 56th St to the marked entrance on the right. (Fee)

GPS: N 39 51.151 W 86 17.532

Google Maps

Eagle Creek Finder Sketch