The Wesselman Nature Society describes Howell Wetlands as one of the largest urban wetlands in Indiana. Maybe my predilection for boardwalks clouds my judgment, but I really like this place, even though it’s surrounded by urbanized, occasionally industrial areas. Both the official and unofficial trails allow close inspection of all sorts of interesting things – fish, turtles, frogs, and other animals in the water; emergent vegetation, woods, and even a small upland meadow. If you visit you are likely to have plenty of company, and the property shows signs of heavy usage. Noise from a nearby railroad yard and the muffled but ever-present sounds of road traffic are also negatives.
Directions: Vanderburgh County. West of downtown Evansville, exit IN 62 onto Barker Avenue. Go south 1.0 mile to Broadway Avenue and turn right. After 0.5 mile turn right again on Tekoppel Avenue and look for the parking area on the right.
GPS: N 37 57.693 W 87 37.147