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Parks and Zoos

Wolf Park, Battleground

Wolf at Wolf Park

A popular attraction in Greater Lafayette is Wolf Park in Battle Ground, a unique wildlife park where wolf behavior is observed. Wolf Park is a nonprofit education and research facility that was established in 1972 by Dr. Erich Klinghammer. Along with research and seminars on wolf behavior, particularly reproductive and inter-pack social behavior, Wolf Park provides interpretive programs to school groups throughout the year by prearrangement. The park is open to the general public from May through November and Saturday evenings for Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, bison and a coyote.

Wolf Park is open May 1 to November 30, from 1pm-5pm every day except Mondays. The park is also open December 1st and 2nd for regular 1pm-5pm programs and Howlnight. Saturday evenings the park opens at 7:30pm for Howl Night programs throughout the year, and Friday nights at 7:30pm May through November 30. Special arrangements can be made in advance for school group tours during the mornings or Mondays for a minimum of $50.00 by contacting the Park via email or calling during regular business hours. (See their website for contact info) Admissions are $5.00 adults (14 years and older), $6.00 on Sunday. Children 6-13 are $3.00 all the time. Members and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

Columbian Park Zoo and Tropicanoe Cove, Lafayette

Columbian Park and Zoo is a 63 acre recreational oasis centrally located on Main Street just south of Indiana 26. Historic Columbian Park has been the place to enjoy quality leisure time with family and friends for over a century. Whether you want to cool off at its award winning family aquatic center, Tropicanoe Cove or observe some of the 150 different types of wildlife at one of the oldest zoos in Indiana, you’ll find that Columbian Park offers a vast array of fun attractions for people of all ages.

Davis Ferry Park

Davis Ferry Park is a 13 acre riverfront park with access to the Wabash Heritage Trail and features a walking and fishing bridge and a boat launch. It is located on North 9th Street in Lafayette.

Fairfield Lakes

Located near Dayton at County Road 200 S. and 750 E, the four lakes that comprise Fairfield Lakes are stocked by IDNR with bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. A fishing license is required to fish at Fairfield Lakes. The south end of the park features canoe access to Wildcat Creek. Park closes at dusk.

Fort Ouiatenon

Located right on the Wabash River, Fort Ouiatenon was the first fortified European settlement in (what is now) Indiana and is the site of the annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. In addition to the historic buildings on the property, the park also has a boat ramp and fishing access. The park is located on South River Road in West Lafayette.

Goose Island Park

The Goose Island Wildlife Preserve is literally a 7.6 acre island in the middle of the Wabash River, accessible only by boat, located about 8 miles south of Lafayette.

Granville Park

Granville Park is a riverfront park adjacent to Granville Bridge, about 7 miles outside of Lafayette off of South River Road in West Lafayette. The park features boat access to the Wabash River.

Mar Len Park

Mar Len Park is 28 acres of woods for hiking and features fishing and access for tubing. The park has a lighted
softball diamond, fishing creek access and a picnic shelter. It is located at South 18th Street and County Road 150 E in Lafayette.

Ross Hills Park and Ross Camp

Ross Hills Park and Ross Camp is a catch and release fishing pond and hiking trails are amenities in the park. It also offers camping, volleyball court, softball, horseshoes, field and disc golf. The park is 12 miles south of River Road at County Road 875 W in West Lafayette.

Tecumseh Trails Park

Tecumseh Trails is a riverfront park located on SR 43 N in West Lafayette across from the Indiana Veteran’s Home.

Wabash Heritage Trail

Wabash Heritage Trail is a hiking trail running from Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in Battle Ground to West Lafayette. When completed, it will end at Fort Ouiatenon and be approximately 13 miles long. The Trail offers endless opportunities for bird
watching, wildlife observation, exercise, and exploration.

Wildcat Park

Wildcat Park’s primary purpose is to provide a canoe access to Wildcat Creek, one of Indiana’s “Scenic Streams”. Canoeists, tubers, fisherman (license required) and picnickers make great use of the park located at 201 Eisenhower Road in Lafayette.

Greater Lafayette Community Calendar

 October 2020