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​Welcome to Eagle Creek Park!

With 1400 acres of water and 3900 acres of forest, Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest city parks in the nation, offering unmatched opportunities for recreation, enjoyment, and discovery of nature only minutes from downtown Indianapolis.  Eagle Creek has a wide variety of facilities and programs - explore the links below or give us a call for more information!

Eagle Creek Park Hours:

October 2015 park grounds open 7am-7:30pm (changes seasonally, check front gate for current closing time).  

Park Admission is $5/car for Marion County residents ($6/car for out of county) and $15/bus.

Eagle Creek Park Road Map

2015 Eagle Creek Park Fees

Park Office (Monday-Friday, 9-5, Saturdays 9am-3pm Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Map It
7840 W 56th St
Indianapolis, IN 46254

2015 Triathlon Dates:  
Saturdays June 20, July 18, August 15, August 22
Park restrictions - roads closed 8am-10:30am, no gate entry

Deer Management News Release​

Deer Management Program Overview

Deer Management Program FAQ's

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Eagle Creek Park Facilities (click link to go to page)

Swimming Area​  ​ 327-7132
Marina/Eagle Creek Outfitters ​ 327-7130
Shelters and Rental Facilities 327-7110
Eagle's Crest (rental building) 327-7193
Eagle's Hide-A-Way (rental building) 327-7193
Pistol Range 327-7296
Gilmore Canine Companion Zone (bark park) 327-7110
Earth Discovery Center (nature center) 327-7148
Ornithology Center (nature center) 327-BIRD (2473)
Peace Learning Center 327-7144
GoApe (treetop adventure/ziplines) 1-888-520-7322
Eagle Creek Golf Club 297-3366
Indy Rowing Center
Greenways - Eagle Creek Trail
Rick's Boatyard Cafe
Eagle Creek Sailing Club​



The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is a strong partner in the ongoing success of this great park. Please Click Here to learn more.                


Programs and Events (click link to go to page)


Art Shows​

Park Rules and FAQ's

  • Do not feed wildlife.

  • The park is open dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

  • Respect your surroundings; all plants, animals, and structures within the park are protected by city ordinance.

  • Do not leave valuables in your car while out enjoying the park.

  • Obey all posted speed limits.

  • Keep dogs leashed at all times.

  • Bicycle only on roadways.

  • Swim only at the beach when lifeguards are present.

  • Use caution when entering roadways and trails.

  • Do not use boat motors greater than 10 horsepower on the reservoir.


Alcoholic beverages, loud music, ground fires, littering, hunting/trapping, firewood gathering, off road biking, watercraft of any kind in the waterfowl sanctuary.

Can I go fishing at Eagle Creek Park?

Fishing is allowed in Eagle Creek Reservoir and Lilly Lake - all Indiana state fishing regulations are enforced.  Please visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for information on obtaining a fishing license and current fishing regulations.  

Can I bring my boat to Eagle Creek Park?

Boats must be 8 ft. Minimum, 26 ft. Maximum, with a 10 hp motor limit.  Small canoes and kayaks can launch from the old boat ramp at the back of the Earth Discovery Center parking lot (must be portaged down the ramp, no vehicles).  There is a $3 car top boat launch fee per boat at the gate in addition to the regular vehicle admission fee. Boats with trailers must launch from the 42nd St. Boat Ramp (on Dandy Trail, south of the Eagle Creek 56th Gatehouse).  There is a $5 daily launch fee, or yearly passes are available from the Park Office, M-F 9am-5pm.  Contact the office as well for more information about mooring rentals and winter boat storage at Eagle Creek.  

Can I bring my dog to the park?

Yes!  Dogs must be on leash except at the Gilmore Canine Companion Zone. Please bring baggies to clean up after your dog - the reservoir and other hikers thank you!  

Are there really eagles at Eagle Creek Park?

Yes!  Bald eagles are often seen flying overhead, catching fish or waterfowl in Eagle Creek Reservoir, or perched in trees along the shoreline.  Generally there are 1 to 4 bald eagles in the area, although they head further south if the reservoir freezes solid in the winter.  Good spots to watch for eagles include the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, Marina, and anywhere you can get a wide view of the sky and shoreline along Eagle Creek Reservoir.  ​​​


Can I take my wedding/graduation/portrait/etc. photos at Eagle Creek Park?

Yes, as long as you are taking photos yourself for your own personal use.  Professional photography sessions require a Photo Shoot Permit, which much be obtained and paid for in advance from the Administrative Office (317-327-7110 M-F).​​​​​​​

Can I teach classes at the park?

It depends. If would like to offer a class or program to the general public and are charging a fee,  you will need to check with the park office or park manager first.   Most outside classes or programs require a Vendor Fee and approved Vendor Agreement with the park.   

Can I fly a drone at the park?

Because Eagle Creek Park is near a small airport, there are some  safety considerations.  Please contact the park manager for a drone application.​


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Eagle Creek Park

 Contact Us:


​Park Office (M-F, 9-5)

Earth Discovery Center
317-327-7148 (open 7 days a week)

Park Manager: 
Brittany Davis Swinford

Asst. Park Manager
Plunge Harbor, Bark Park, Boat Ramp, Gates
Shilah Larison​

Asst. Park Manager
Earth Discovery Center:
Dawn Van Deman​

Asst. Park Manger
Ornithology Center:
Kevin Carlsen​


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