Boot Lake Nature Preserve

Summer at Boot Lake Nature PreserveBoot Lake Nature Preserve’s sprawling 300 acres encompass wetland, forest, and prairie habitat. A portion of the site has a unique story–having been reclaimed from the City of Elkhart’s sludge farm. The transformed site is now a state-dedicated nature preserve protecting Indiana’s rare and endangered wetland plants and animals. The preserve is recognized by National Audubon as an Important Bird Area with over 200 species documented, including sensitive grassland-nesting birds found in the 80 acres of restored prairie. Visitors can enjoy a small picnic pavilion, wetland and prairie overlooks, and four miles of trails intertwined with the variety of habitat.

Learn more about the history and restoration of Boot Lake Nature Preserve in this article featured in the Nov-Feb 2017 Currents Program Guide.

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Park Rules

In an effort to protect the beauty of the parks and to provide visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience, certain activities are prohibited. For a list of prohibited park activities please read our park rules (pdf).



Boot Lake Nature Preserve is located north of Elkhart and Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 90), east of County Road 3 North and Williams Lane.


Park Hours
January, February, November, December 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March, October

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

April, September 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
May, June, July, August 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Park hours subject to change without notice.  

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Other Parks:
Ox Bow Park

Cobus Creek          
River Preserve

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Other Properties       

Elkhart County Parks and Recreation
211 W. Lincoln Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526-3280

Phone 574-535-6458   TDD 574-535-6420