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Independence Creek Preserve 2015 Open Events Schedule

March 20, 2015 - September 26, 2015

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Independence Creek Preserve is located 22 miles south of Sheffield on Highway 349. To register and obtain directions/more detailed information, email Corbin Neill or Lisa Wrinkle at or Preserve staff will be on hand for several hours each day to register guests, provide maps/information and answer questions.

  • March 20-22: Open Preserve Weekend
  • May 15-17: Open Preserve Weekend
  • June 27: Open Preserve Day
  • August 28-30: Open Preserve Weekend
  • September 26: Open Preserve Day

Visitors during the Open Preserve events may participate in camping (weekends only), swimming, self-guided hiking, biking, picnicking, catch-and-release fishing, birding and other activities at their leisure.

The preserve will be open from 3 pm Friday, to 12 pm (noon) on Sunday for each weekend event and from 9 am to 6 pm on the day-only events.

Guests will be required to sign in and out at the pavilion within the preserve headquarters upon arrival and departure. Overnight camping space in designated areas will be available for guests who make reservations prior to the event. Reservations ensure that a camping spot is available for your group, but specific locations will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations will be taken no sooner than 45 days prior to each weekend event. Information needed for reservations:

  • a single contact person for the group
  • # of individuals in your group
  • # of tents/ camper-trailers in your group
  • nights that you plan to camp
  • camp location - remote or headquarters

Important reminders:

  • High clearance vehicles are suggested outside of the headquarters area.
  • Only camp stoves are allowed, and campfires are prohibited.
  • Guests should bring their own food and drinks and plan to take their trash home with them.
  • Visitors also should bring towels and swimwear, binoculars, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water to drink.
  • Anglers must bring their own fishing gear and only artificial lures or worms are permitted--NO live bait. 
  • Firearms, stereos and TVs are prohibited during the event.
  • For safety reasons, children must be supervised by their parents or other designated adults.
  • No pets of any kind are permitted on the preserve.



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