Bike riding is allowed on trails. Please keep pedestrian safety in mind and be cautious around hikers.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park is a fine place for birding. A wide variety of foods and cover attract an interesting array of birds.
The Tippecanoe River is one of the most scenic rivers in Indiana. A limited amount of canoes and kayaks are available for 1/2 and full day rent. Point of entry and exit is from the canoe landing. Sorry no shuttle service (drop offs up stream or pickups down stream) is available. Current Rates: $25/half day- $35/full day. Due to limited staffing, please contact the park for availability and scheduling.
Dogs are allowed on park trails. Dogs must remain on leash at all times! The owner must maintain control and is responsable for the actions of the dog. Please remember our other visitors and leave your dog home if it is not people friendly. Proper disposal of pet waste is required.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park makes an ideal place for a field trip. We have educational tours and activities for your class or we would be glad to work with you to cover appropriate topics that support your unit. There is no charge if the group is self guided. A small fee is applicable if the Executive Director is requested as a tour guide or requested to provide a program.
Fishing on one of our ponds is available for organized youth groups only. Individual fishing is not allowed.
While public fishing is not allowed anywhere on the park, it is allowed on the Tippecanoe River at "The Wall" Historic Park on Birch Road.
Contact the Executive Director for scheduling and for any fishing
regulations. We can also direct you to fishing hot spots on the Tippecanoe River
that are close to the park.
There are several geocaches on the park for your enjoyment. Nighttime geocaching is not allowed. All geocaches and letterboxes must be preapproved and coordinated with the park director prior to placement. Ask the Director about this exiciting hobby.
History Features & Programs
Park has a unique and rich history. The property preserves the site of a post-removal Potawatomi
Indian Village as well as a ford of the Tippecanoe River by over a half dozen
Native American trails and the Goshen-Logansport Trail. The Ben-nack Village
site is noted with signage and is a popular stop for area schools on field trips.
Hunting (NOT PERMITTED)
The park is managed as a relatively undisturbed sanctuary for plants and animals. Although the park supports hunting as a wildlife management tool, hunting in all forms is prohibited on park property.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park is managed as a "Dark Sky Preserve" and is recognized as Indiana's first by the Indiana Council On Outdoor Lighting Education (ICOLE), the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), and the Indiana State Senate (Resolution #7, 3/31/03). The Park is utilized on a permission basis by several astronomical societies, schools, and individuals wishing to observe the heavens from a relatively dark site. Contact the Executive Director for more information.
Swimming (NOT PERMITTED)
Because of the hazardous nature of our ponds and the Tippecanoe River, swimming is prohibited.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park provides cover for most species of wildlife found in northern Indiana including several endangered and threatened species. You might see any of these animals while on a hike or you could stop and observe or photograph the wildlife in their natural habitats. Wildlife may also be observed at feeding stations which are outside the wildlife viewing windows which are located in the Science and Environmental Learning Center.
The trails at the park are open for your enjoyment all Winter. If weather conditions permit, cross-country skiing is allowed on the trails.
Youth Group Camping
There is a primitive group camp available for organized youth groups. Because of the park's small size, individual camping is not allowed. Call or write for more details.