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:
July 2016 park grounds open 7am-9:30pm
(changes seasonally, check front gate for current closing time).
2016 Triathlon Dates: 6/11, 7/16, 8/20, 8/27 park access restricted 8am-11am.
$5/car Marion County resident$6/car out-of-county resident$15/bus
Eagle Creek Park Road Map
Park Office: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturdays 9am-3pm Memorial Day-Labor Day
Map It7840 W 56th StIndianapolis, IN 46254317-327-7110
Eagle Creek Park 2016 Annual Pass now available at ecpass.indy.gov
Plunge Harbor Swimming Area OPEN June & July
Deer Management News Release
Deer Management Program Overview
Deer Management Program FAQ's
Find us on Facebook! Eagle Creek Park updates on park events, programs and newsEagle Creek Park Naturalists nature education and programsOrnithology Center bird education and programsEagle Creek History fascinating old photos and park history
Eagle Creek Park Facilities
Swimming Area 327-7132Marina/Eagle Creek Outfitters 327-7130ECPF Guide to Shelters and Rental Facilities 327-7110Eagle's Crest (rental building) 327-7193Eagle's Hide-A-Way (rental building) 327-7193Gilmore Canine Companion Zone (bark park) 327-7110Earth Discovery Center (nature center) 327-7148Ornithology Center (nature center) 327-BIRD (2473)Peace Learning Center 327-7144GoApe (treetop adventure/ziplines) 1-888-520-7322Eagle Creek Golf Club 297-3366Indy Rowing CenterGreenways - Eagle Creek TrailRick's Boatyard CafeEagle 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.
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.
NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME:
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 have my wedding/shower/reunion at Eagle Creek Park?
Eagle Creek is a beautiful location for a wedding or family event! Indoor options include Eagle's Crest and Eagle's Hideaway Wooded Retreat Facilities - these are also our only two facilities where alcohol is allowed (permits required). For outdoor weddings the park has numerous shelters that can be rented - please keep in mind that alcohol and amplified or loud music is not allowed in the main park for private rentals. For more information on our rental facilities, please visit the Eagle Creek Park Foundation Guide or call the park office at 317-327-7110.
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 must 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.
Park Office (M-F, 9-5)317-327-7110
Earth Discovery Center 317-327-7148 (open 7 days a week)
Senior Park Manager: Brittany Davis Swinford
Park ManagerPlunge Harbor, Bark Park, Boat Ramp, GatesShilah Larison
Park ManagerEarth Discovery Center:Dawn Van Deman
Park ManagerOrnithology Center:Kevin Carlsen
EC Summer Concerts 2016
July 2016 Calendar
Eagle Creek Park Fees 2016
Bark Park/Gilmore CCZ Application
Bark Park/Gilmore CCZ Brochure
Photo Shoot Permit
Reserved Shelter information 2016
Eagle Creek Park Trail Map
Running Course Map
Ornithology Center Brochure
Ornithology Center Field Trips
Earth Discovery Center Local Trails
Earth Discovery Center Labeled Tree Map
Ornithology Center Labeled Tree Map
Eagle Creek Park History
Fall Hayrides 2015
Summer Concerts 2015