The Eagle Creek preserve is located in northwest Indianapolis and is home to dozens of parks, recreational activities, a golf course, and discovery centers. If you’re new to the central Indiana area I encourage you to learn more about this fantastic Parks and Recreation Department. Here’s a little bit about the Eagles crest nature preserve and the surrounding parks.
Eagle Creek Park.
This is one of the nation’s largest parks covering more than 1400 acres of water and nearly 4000 acres of forested land. It offers a wide range of activities from boating and hiking, to fishing and nature exploration. A wide range of flora and fauna can be seen throughout the park such as deer and Eagles. The park is open year-round from 7 AM to a variety of evening times depending on the month. There is an entrance fee to use the park, which can be purchased online here.
The park offers swimming, ziplining, the Eagle Creek dog park, Marina, nature centers, learning centers, the golf course, the Indy rowing center, Rick’s Boatyard Café, and the Eagle Creek sailing club.
- Eagle Creek Park Swimming Area 317-327-7132 (June & July)
- Eagle Creek Park Marina 317-327-7130 (April-October)
- Eagle Creek Dog Park (Gordon Gilmer Canine Companion Zone) 317-327-7110
- Eagle Creek Park Nature Centers 317-327-7148 or 317-327-2473
- Peace Learning Center 317-327-7144
- GoApe: Treetop adventure and ziplines 1-800-971-8271
- Eagle Creek Golf Club 317-297-3366
- Indy Rowing Center 317-327-7100
- Rick’s Boatyard Café
- Eagle Creek Sailing Club 317-297-0079
If you would like to rent an indoor facility, consider Eagle’s Crest and Eagle’s Hideaway –
great options for weddings, showers, reunions, and more. 317-327-7193
Eagle Creek Golf Club
just a short drive from downtown Indianapolis is the beautiful Eagle Creek Golf Club, featuring two full golf courses, the Pines Course and the Sycamore Course. Each has its own challenges with a mixture of terrain, tree-lined fairways, sandpits and more to up your golfing game. This is a public golf course but membership is also available. In addition to the course, Eagle Creek features a pro shop, grill, conference center, and practice facilities.
The Golf Academy offers private and public lessons throughout the year with PGA professional instructors Scott Rockwell. For a tour of the facility simply call 317-297-3366.
Adventures for kids
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Go Ape Treetop Adventure, a 2 to 3-hour adventure course named by USA Today as one of the top 10 zipline courses in the United States. There are five zip lines with several challenging rope ladders, Tarzan swings, and five individual sections. This course is available for ages 10 and up.
Fall is a perfect time for hayrides as there’s a one-hour wagon ride tour through the park ending with a campfire at one of the covered shelters.
On the east side of the park, you’ll find a small sandy beach with lifeguards on duty throughout summer. The swimming area is just 5 feet deep and another area is closed off her children just 3 feet deep.
For kayaking and boating, there’s the Eagle Creek Outfitters, Indianapolis Rowing Center, and the Eagle Creek Sailing Club. Personal boats of up to 10 hp are permitted on the reservoir but there is a 26-foot length boat restriction.
The Mary and John Giese soccer complex was developed in 2006 and has youth, child, and adult tournaments throughout the year.
Fishing is also a great option at the Eagle Creek Park. You’re likely to find crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill, and channel catfish among others. One of the most popular spots include the Marina, the 42nd St. boat ramp, Lily Lake, and the waterfowl sanctuary.
There are multiple playgrounds throughout the park as well. Some of these are perfect to rent out for birthday parties or family reunions, several have swing sets and playground equipment, and all offer easy access and parking.
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You’ll always find concerts with nature, concerts in the park, and jazz on the point so bring your chairs, dinner, and enjoy music on the lawn throughout the summer.
There are over 16 miles of trails, which provide a unique exploration adventure. With cross-country skiing in the winter and ideal hikes and biking with 20 exercise stations in the summer, there’s never a lack of things to do.
The Peace Learning Center is the reprieve we all need operating since 1997. This educational peace-building and conflict resolution center is ideal for nonprofits, schools, businesses, and faith groups. Programs are established around three themes of peace-building including equity, social-emotional learning, and restorative justice. The Peace Learning Center is located at 6040 Delong Rd. within the park.
This is a beautiful place to relax and call home and if you’re looking for homes close to the Eagle Creek Park browse available listings below or simply contact our office and let one of our agents know exactly what you’re looking for and how close you like to be to this or other landmarks throughout central Indiana.
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Image by Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)