Tippecanoe River Clean-Up Project Completes Final Phase; Makes River Accessible

Release Date: 10/26/2016
Contact Information: Madisson Heinl, 574-372-5100, ext. 6446, heinlmm@grace.edu

Tippecanoe River Clean-Up Project Completes Final Phase; Makes River Accessible

WINONA LAKE, Ind.—The project addressing areas of excess fallen trees in the Tippecanoe River was completed this fall, reducing flooding and increasing recreation opportunities.

More than 280 logjams were removed from the 30-mile stretch of river from Oswego Lake to Ind. 19 as a strategy to allow for water to flow more freely and provide easier canoe and kayak paddling access in the Tippecanoe River.

The project is a collaboration led by the Center for Lakes & Streams along with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kosciusko County Office of Emergency Management, Kosciusko County Surveyor’s Office, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners, and Paddlers for Conservation.

The Nature Conservancy listed the Tippecanoe River as the eighth most important river in the world for biodiversity. Removal efforts focused on logjams of greatest severity, leaving smaller trees and other woody debris closer to the stream banks for beneficial wildlife habitat. While logjams have been removed making the river currently passable, future logjams will be removed when possible to keep the river open.

A paddling trip down the cleared portion of the Tippecanoe River from Oswego Lake to the Chinworth Bridge parking area near the CCAC is estimated to take approximately six hours, and the stretch from Chinworth Bridge to the DNR public access parking area at Ind. 19 takes approximately five hours to travel.

Funding for this project primarily came from DNR funds set aside for logjam removal efforts. Local matching funds were obtained from the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission, various lake associations, corporations and private donors.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with local organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. More information is available at lakes.grace.edu.

 

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RibbonCutting- More than 280 logjams were cleared from the Tippecanoe River to mitigate flooding and open the river to recreation. Partners gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to "open" the Tippecanoe River: (From left to right) Mike Kissinger, Matt Gilbert, Scott Fetters, Ed Roberts, Bob Conley, Amy Bloemendaal, John Tyler, Rod Edgell, Jim LeMasters, Nate Bosch, Jo Paczkowski, Stephen Becker, Jeff Gilbert, Richard Kemper (not pictured), and Ed Rock (not pictured).