2018-04-11 / Front Page

Flooding in the DePauw Nature Park


Henry the Superdog surveying the flood damage in the Nature Park. (Courtesy Photo) Henry the Superdog surveying the flood damage in the Nature Park. (Courtesy Photo) In the Nature Park, we say “Big Walnut Creek giveth and Big Walnut Creek taketh away.” This week, Big Walnut Creek gave us a whole lot of sand and mud. But it took away a few trees, some gravel, and a chunk of the Creekside Trail. If you live downstream, we’d like it back!

The Creekside Trail in the Nature Park is closed indefinitely. Part of the trail has been completely washed away by the creek. Please observe the “trail closed” signs for your safety.

On our quest to assess the status of the Creekside Trail, we saw some woodchucks stumbling around in the woods. Apparently they were washed out of their dens by the flood.

We also saw a smallmouth bass stranded in a large puddle in the middle of the trail. We picked it up and threw it back in the creek. It may be in Louisiana within 24 hours given the volume and velocity of water in the creek.

We are hosting a flower sale on Sunday, April 22nd, Earth Day. We are selling marigolds and zinnias that will be ready to bloom in your garden. Come visit us in the Nature Park and buy a few plants.

(by Vanessa Fox, Nature Park Ecologist and Part-time professor of University Studies at DePauw)

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