Dunn's Bridge County Park
Phone: (219) 465-3586
Legend has it that this beautiful and unusual bridge was built with steel salvaged from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Local lore has it that the metal arches came from the world&&s first Ferris Wheel, which debuted at that exposition. Whatever the source of its steel, Dunn's Bridge was renovated in 2003 after falling into serious disrepair, and won a state award for the engineering work done. Spanning the Kankakee River, the bridge is open to pedestrian use. Three-acre Dunn&&s Bridge County Park offers the only boat access to the Kankakee River in Porter County. The Kankakee watershed covers some 3,000 square miles that were once predominantly marshlands. Though the river has been extensively dredged and straightened and its surrounding wetlands drained, it is still very scenic and shelters abundant wildlife. It&&s a great place to canoe, kayak, watch wildlife from the riverbank, or fish from a small motorboat. For information on paddling the Kankakee, visit www.kankakeeriverwatertrail.org or www.indianaoutfitters.com/kankakee_river.html .