Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area
Phone: (574) 896-3522
Designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, 4,199-acre Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area is part of the Grand Kankakee Marsh region (see sidebar, page 39). A single-lane gravel road follows the levee along the south side of the Yellow River and offers excellent wildlife viewing into the bottomland swamps and Yellow River. Ten-Mile Road is gated and offers foot access to the swamp and forest between the Yellow and Kankakee rivers. Watch for bald eagles, which have nested here for many years. Two boat ramps access the Kankakee River. Limited amenities, but a great place to immerse yourself in nature. Call (219) 896-3522 for hunting information.
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Over 80 paddlers will take to the Kankakee River for the Northwest Indiana Paddlers Everglades of the North Event. NWIPA joined with the Newton County Park Board to organize the free event through the flooded riverbanks of the river. The native hibiscus flowers, also called swamp mallows were not in bloom, however the high water levels allow participants to venture deep into the historic bayous and even witness fledgling eagles along their route.