Eagle Creek Park

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Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Park nature center.jpg
Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Park is located in Indianapolis
Eagle Creek Park
Location in Indianapolis
TypeCity Park
Location7840 W. 56th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates39°51′20″N 86°17′39″W / 39.855556°N 86.294167°W / 39.855556; -86.294167Coordinates: 39°51′20″N 86°17′39″W / 39.855556°N 86.294167°W / 39.855556; -86.294167
AreaLand 3,900 acres (16 km2)
Water 1,400 acres (5.7 km2)
Created1962 (1962)
Operated byIndy Parks and Recreation
Visitors1.2 million (in 2019)[1]
OpenAll year
WebsiteOfficial website

Eagle Creek Park is the largest park in Indianapolis, and one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. It is located at 7840 W. 56th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana and covers approximately 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) of water and 3,900 acres (16 km2) of land. There are about 10 miles (16 km) of paths within it. Eagle Creek Park serves primarily as a nature reserve. Before coming into the possession of Indianapolis, the land was owned by Purdue University, and by Josiah K. Lilly Jr. before that. The Eagle Creek Park Foundation serves to promote volunteerism and provide funding for the Park and its programs.

Eagle Creek Park has hosted a number of notable sporting events, including the NCAA Rowing Championships (2002, 2003, 2013, 2014, and 2019) and the World Rowing Championships (1994). The park served as venue for the Archery, Canoeing, Modern Pentathlon, and Rowing competitions of the 1987 Pan American Games.[2][3]

Eagle Creek Park is among the most visited attractions in Indianapolis, with 1.2 million guests in 2019.[1]

Park activities/buildings[edit]

  • Amphitheater
  • Bait shop
  • Go Ape Treetop Adventure
  • Bark Park
  • Boat ramp and slips
  • Cross-Country Skiing Paths
  • Fitness Course
  • Fishing areas
  • Golf course (36 hole)
  • Lilly Lake Pedal
  • Marsh & Bird sanctuary
  • Earth Discovery Center
  • Orienteering
  • Peace Learning Center
  • Picnic areas and shelters
  • Pistol Range
  • Pontoon and Sunset Canoe Trips
  • Retreat Centers (2)
  • Sailboat marina
  • Sailboat/ Rowboat/ Canoe rentals
  • Sailing Day Camp
  • State Nature Preserves (2)
  • Swim Beach
  • The Indianapolis Rowing Center
  • Woodland Wildlife Preserve
  • Ornithology Center



  1. ^ a b "Most Popular Indianapolis-Area Attractions". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Bodenhamer, David. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, 1994) pg.1074
  3. ^ "Pan Am Games Schedule". United Press International, Inc. July 29, 1987. Retrieved April 19, 2020.

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