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hiking
4 months ago

Boot Lake nature preserve is a work in progress. It used to be an area where the city dumped “sludge”. It is a peaty muck flat and there are some endangered flora and I saw a Sandhill Crane which are also an endangered species and rare to this area. The walk was flat and well cleared. Most of it was a wooded path with some of the trail near some homes and a grassy prairie area. The AllTrails map is not quite accurate. The view at the lake was gorgeous and a great spot to take photos. There is no entrance fee. There were a couple of nice ladies with a toddler in a stroller I spoke with along the path but otherwise it was pretty quiet until around noon when there was more traffic. No public restrooms and only about 6 parking spots. A nice length trail for a quick hike.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a decent hike. Flat. Gave the dog and me some exercise. at least. The trail markings were horrible.

walking
11 months ago

I walk these trails, often multiple times daily until I reach five miles. The trails are not bad, however, they are not well maintained (grassy paths are not mowed). There are areas of interest, though by now, I pass them by just looking to get my exercise. Not overly populated, giving way to a nice solitary hike, while enjoying nature along the way.

birding
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Easy trail that runs through a wooded area along Boot Lake, and then opens into a restored tall grass prairie. I concur with Casey, it is an excellent spot for bird watching, but admittedly during certain times of the year I feel unsafe walking here.

birding
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Area is a medium high natural quality with a lot of native plantings. This spot ranks one of the top birding spots in the michiana area away from lake michigan. There are endangered Henslow's sparrows in the fields in the summer and a whole slew of salamanders coming from the mucky lake and wetland. It is also one of the only places in Indiana to see Sandhill Cranes all year long as they breed and overwinter there. The trail along the lake is best for songbirds and the trail in the back has a blind for wetland viewing, affording looks at Swamp Sparrows and Flycatchers. Also a good place to find Black-billed Cuckoos(in Spring) and Northern Pintails (in fall and Winter). When the lake is dry, shorebirds are a sure bet. One year, the lake completely dried up and was covered completely with Pipits. Trails are flat and there is a pavilion for picnics.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Very nice, scenic trail. However, I would highly recommend not going alone as there was a man adjusting his pants in the parking area. Easy to get lost on the trails as well, would recommend downloading the map.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Had to go to the website to get directions. The hike was worth it. The trails are nice and the lakes are beautiful. Will have to get back in the Fall, when foliage is at its peak.

hiking
Sunday, August 24, 2014

I walk here with my dog every chance i get. It is very easy to hike, there are huge wildflower fields, deer and birds, and so many different trails that each trip is different. And the lake is beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Don't run here if you are alone and female. Nice trails and park but also some sexual predators who hang out here.

walking
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Was difficult to find with my GPS. Had better luck looking up the site to the preserve and they have a little bit better directions, but still easy to miss. Once on the trail it is beautiful, but it would be very easy to get lost. I never did see the lake, but it takes you through many fields. Still very beautiful. There were some less used trails that maybe would have taken us to the lake. Next time I plan on studying the trail map prior to venturing out.

hiking
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Great place to walk your dog, trails are flat, great to run if you want to run in the park and not the pavement.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

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