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
Type City Park
Location 7840 W. 56th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°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
Area Land 3,900 acres (16 km2)
Water 1,400 acres (5.7 km2)
Created 1962 (1962)
Operated by Indy Parks and Recreation
Open All year
Website Official 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. The NCAA Rowing Championships were held in the Park in 2003, 2014, and 2015 and the World Rowing Championships were held there in 1994. The 1987 Pan American Games used the park for regatta and archery.[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. ^ Bodenhamer, David. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, 1994) pg.1074

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