Frame Little Calumet Conservation Area
Clean water for the great lakes starts upstream! That’s why the Porter County Izaak Walton League (PCC) will be working with the Northwest Indiana Urban Waters Federal Partnership Pilot Project along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River and Reynolds Creek. PCC, along with other governmental and non-governmental organizations, is working to develop urban green spaces, reduce flood risks, improve water quality, and create a vision for greenway preservation and water trail development.
Some features of the 19.7-acre property we have purchased include:
- The Property is adjacent to the new Indiana DNR Game Bird Area Reynolds Creek Game Bird Habitat Area.
- Both streams are spring-fed, clean water creeks that rise in the Valparaiso Moraine of LaPorte County.
- Salmon and steelhead run up the Little Calumet River from Lake Michigan.
- Reynolds Creek is thought to still support brook trout, the only stream-dwelling trout native to the Great Lakes. Brook trout are native to small streams, creeks, lakes, and spring ponds; because brook trout is a popular game fish with anglers but depends on cold, clear, well-oxygenated water, its numbers are decreasing as its habitat deteriorates.
- Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis
- Due to its hydric soil, the land adjacent to the streams has great potential for wetland and riparian woodland restoration and education. A small public parking lot and trails will be developed once the land is purchased.
- Both streams have been channelized in the past but are restoring their natural sinuosity, riffles, and pools.