Lonidaw Nature Preserve

Large-flowered trillium at Lonidaw Nature Preserve

In addition to nice woods, Lonidaw protects 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 the shore “quakes” in spots where thick mats of roots and vegetation partially float; this gradual encroachment will eventually fill the lake. Parts of the complex trail system (totaling about a mile long, and sketched below) follow an esker, a relatively narrow berm of sediments laid down long ago by a stream tunneling underneath a melting glacier. Mature woods, spring wildflowers (large-flowered trillium are especially impressive in early May), and geology combine for an interesting visit.

Trail Sketch

Directions: 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.

GPS: N 41 27.374 W 85 13.903

Facilities: None

Google Maps

Lonidaw Nature Preserve Finder Map Sketch