Swamp Angel in Noble County.
Swamp Angel Nature Preserve Swamp Angel Nature Preserve in Noble County. © Lauren Lindemann/The Nature Conservancy

Places We Protect

Swamp Angel

Indiana

Swamp Angel surely ranks as one of the most outstanding natural areas in all of Indiana.

Why You Should Visit 

A complex of uplands, wetlands, fen, bogs, and kettle lakes make up Swamp Angel in Noble County - one of the most outstanding natural areas in Northeast Indiana. No season is better than another with the abundant variety of resident and transitory wildlife and native flora found at the preserve. Swamp Angel was dedicated at a State Nature Preserve in 1989.

What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done

Hoping to protect the entire wetland complex, the Conservancy is working to acquire more land connected to Swamp Angel. Stewardship staff and volunteers work rigorously to control invasive exotic species. Multiflora rose, Queen Anne's lace, sweet clover, reed canary grass, and buckthorn are some of these culprits. Conserving two threatened communities - Acid Bog and the Fen - as well as threatened plant and animal species are also conservation concerns.

Swamp Angel is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Work done at the preserve is in partnership with the Indiana Division of Nature Preserve.

What to See: Plants and Animals

The waters of the swamp are clean and clear, but very alkaline therefore only certain species can survive this harsh environment. The carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, and sundews are common in the bogs while poison sumac covers the shrub swamps. Large massive oaks thought to be 200 years old can be found on gravelly kames, a habitat essential for the Massasauga rattlesnake and spotted turtle. The variety of natural communities, plants and animal life indeed make Swamp Angel remarkably diverse and scenic.

Due to the fragility of the site and its limited accessibility, visitation to Swamp Angel is only allowed when accompanied by Nature Conservancy or DNP staff. Workdays at Swamp Angel are conducted regularly.