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Overview

Burr Oak Bend lies on both sides of the White River, situated along a bend in the waterway. It is being restored from agricultural land to mixed hardwood forest. A restored wetland on the property stores millions of gallons of water during average flood events. It has been heavily planted with native sedges that filter sediment from receding floodwaters.

Most of the property is floodplain forest, an important natural land type improving the health of the White River.

A canoe launch maintained by Hamilton County Parks offers access to the river near this preserve.

History of the Property

The land acquisition and initial restoration activities on the preserve were supported by mitigation funds from the White River Settlement administered by the IDNR Natural Resource Defense Assessment, the Amos W. Butler Audubon Society and private funding.

Planning your Visit

The restoration is ongoing, and there are no trails on the property.

From Noblesville, head north on State Road 37 and turn left on 206th Street. There are three designated parking areas.

  1. The first will be just ahead on your left, marked by a double gate.
  2. Cross the river and turn left on Riverwood Avenue. A designated parking area is ahead on the left.
  3. Cross the river and turn right on Riverwood Avenue. A designated parking area is ahead on the right, marked as a Hamilton County Parks Canoe Launch.
Full Details
Assessibility Limited Access
Water Feature Canoe launch nearby
Trails N/A
Parking Right on Riverwood Avenue. A designated parking area is ahead on the right, marked as a Hamilton County Parks Canoe Launch.

Directions

From Noblesville, head north on State Road 37 and turn left on 206th Street. There are three designated parking areas. 1) The first will be just ahead on your left, marked by a double gate. 2) Cross the river and turn left on Riverwood Avenue. A designated parking area is ahead on the left. 3) Cross the river and turn right on Riverwood Avenue. A designated parking area is ahead on the right, marked as a Hamilton County Parks Canoe Launch.

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