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Lonidaw Nature Preserve

 































 

 

 

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Isaac and Nora Lawson gifted these 25 acres in 1979. It has a loop trail of over a mile in length.

All 25 acres have been dedicated through IDNR's Division of Nature Preserves.

In Indian lore, Potawatomi Chief Simon Pokagon and his wife, Lonidaw, built their home near a legendary crystal clear lake in northern Indiana. Lonidaw is said to mean "Spirit Queen of the Woods" and is a fitting name for the preserve. Stately beech and maple trees grow on the upland ridges with a rich wildflower display, including wild columbine and celandine poppy. The reserve protects three-fourths fo a five acre, kettle-hole lake called Little Whitford. Growing in the low ground near the lake is skunk cabbage and marsh marigolds, with a mature woods of sugar maple, red elm, walnut and hackberry. One of the largest hackberry, or "Witch's broom," trees in the state grows in Lonidaw.

Hover over each image in the slideshow below to read its caption.