Eagle Slough Natural Area

Eagle Slough is an oasis of wetland and mature bottomland forest, visited by over 200 species of birds. The preserve offers a walking trail with interpretive signage along an old rail bed, and a series of observation decks overlooking the wetlands and open water lake. Bald cypress reaches the northern limit of its native range in the southwest corner of Indiana, and the bald cypress stands at Eagle Slough are a rare remnant of the cypress swamps that have mostly disappeared from our state.

Ongoing stewardship of Eagle Slough includes invasive plant control, removing trash brought in by flooding, and maintenance and repair of the observation decks. Volunteers check on the preserve frequently through an “adopt-a-month” program.


  • From the intersection of US Hwy 41 and Waterworks Rd/Shawnee Dr, drive east on Waterworks.
  • The parking lot will be on your left after 0.15 miles.
  • County: Vanderburgh
  • Acres: 127
  • Features: nesting platform for bald eagles, observation decks, warblers
  • Year acquired: 2012
  • Acquired with gifts from: Anonymous, Four Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council, The Nature Conservancy, Traylor Brothers Construction, Vanderburgh Soil and Water Conservation District, Wesselman Nature Society, and Sycamore members
  • Trail: 1.2 miles, easy
  • Parking capacity: The parking lot is temporarily closed. When the gate is open, there is room for about 12 cars in the gravel parking lot.