Deer Trail Park
Ameriplex Dr., Portage, IN 46368
Phone: (219) 762-1675
Fax: (219) 841-9017
This small park, opened in 2007, offers many recreational activities, including hiking, cross-country skiing, and fishing on the Little Calumet River. The City of Portage Park Department did extensive restoration work at this site, removing non-native plants from the forest understory. Along the trail, you'll see bottomland forest in a state of recovery. Interpretive panels along the trail explain the restoration process and tell some of the park's ecological stories. From the trail, you can access the Little Calumet River, which has notable runs of Skamania steelhead trout, as well as bass and salmon, and is popular among fly anglers. Pick up Indiana Dunes Tourism’s fishing guide for additional details about fishing throughout the region.