Lonidaw Nature Preserve

Indiana Natural Areas: Noble County



In addition to nice woods, Lonidaw protects some interesting geological features. It shelters three quarters of the shoreline of Little Whitford Lake, a five-acre kettle lake formed when an enormous block of buried ice melted after the glaciers departed. Access to the lake’s edge is limited, perhaps because the shore “quakes” in spots where thick mats of roots and vegetation partially float; this gradual encroachment will eventually fill the lake. Parts of the complex trail system (totaling about a mile long) follow an esker, a relatively narrow berm of sediments laid down long ago by a stream tunneling underneath a melting glacier. The mature woods that host spring wildflowers (large-flowered trillium are especially impressive in early May), and geology combine for an interesting visit.

TRAIL MAP (Click to enlarge)


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