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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:

December 2018 park grounds open 7am-6:00pm
January 2019 park grounds open 7am-6:00pm

(changes seasonally, check front gate for current closing time).  

2018 Triathlon Dates:  6/16, 7/14, 8/11, 8/18 park access restricted from 8am-11am, all park amenities closed until 11am.

Park Admission:

$5/car  Marion County resident
$6/car  out-of-county resident

Eagle Creek Park Map

Eagle Creek Park Brochure 2018​



Park Office:
 Monday-Friday  9am-5pm
 Saturdays 9am-3pm Memorial Day-Labor Day

Map It
7840 W 56th St
Indianapolis, IN 46254


Eagle Creek Deer Management Overview

Eagle Creek Park 2019 Annual Pass now available at www.indyparks.org or can also be purchased at gatehouses or park office during regular business hours.  Annual Passes are also available when you join the Eagle Creek Park Foundation​

Plunge Harbor Swimming Area OPEN June & July​


Find us on Facebook! 
Eagle Creek Park updates on park events, programs and news
Eagle Creek Park Naturalists nature education and  programs
Ornithology Center bird education and programs
Eagle Creek History​  fascinating old photos and park history

Eagle Creek Park Facilities  

Swimming Area​  ​ 327-7132
Marina/Eagle Creek Outfitters ​ 327-7130
ECPF Guide to Shelters and Rental Facilities 327-7110
Eagle's Crest (rental building) 327-7193
Eagle's Hide-A-Way (rental building) 327-7193
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)
Homeschool Events 
Eagle Creek Summer Daycamps

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 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?

Drones are not permitted on Eagle Creek Park property.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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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)

Senior Park Manager: 
Brittany Davis Swinford

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

Park Manager
Earth Discovery Center:
Dawn Van Deman​

Park Manager
Ornithology Center:
Will Schaust​


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