Fawn River Fen preserve protects critical local watersheds and uplands. Fawn River, one of Indiana’s clearest rivers, flows through the preserve providing its native plants and animals with a protected, well maintained stream-side habitat. The river, flanked by an extensive cattail marsh and a grass/sedge fen, also supports a healthy population of aquatic life.
North Central Tillplain
State Nature Preserve, 1990
The Nature Conservancy
Department of Nature Preserves, Garden Clubs of America and Natural Resources Conservation Services
Fawn River Fen features an upland island covered with oak savanna and Indiana’s largest known population of a globally-rare wildflower called kittentails. Cuckoo flowers, alder buckthorn, flat-leafed bladderwort, and autumn willow are other types of flora seen at the fen. A rare and globally-threatened natural community known as flat mucks are found at the Fawn River Fen. The state-threatened eastern Massasauga rattlesnake also make its home at the fen; tall boots wouldn't be a bad idea when visiting this preserve.
Unfortunately because of the sensitivity of the area, visitation if restricted to TNC volunteer/stewardship workdays. For more information on upcoming opportunities, visit our stewardship days.
Because of the sensitivity of the area, visitation to Fawn River Fen is restricted to Conservancy volunteer workdays. Please check our site for dates, times and more information. Thank you.