Beautiful landscapes of the world are preserved for its natural beauty. People love to visit these serene locations and experience the thriving country side environment. In spite of maximum population living in busy cities; beaches, lakes, waterfalls, mountains and woods are essential for most of the living beings to survive. Crooked Lake Nature Preserve is one such beauty that is a must-visit for nature lovers.
A spring-fed water body, Crooked Lake is Indiana's second deepest lake at 108 feet. It is the pride of Columbia City, and attracts many tourists each year. People come here to enjoy the sightseeing and to trail in the woods. Exploring new places and enjoying the scenery with charming flowers is an added attraction.
The place is enriched with beautiful green lush fields along the lake shores. The tourists can see the spring-fed lake, with clear stream of water. The place is also rich with natural vegetation with thousands of rare flora. So, it is one of the best locations in Columbia city.
Hiking on the lake trails is one of the most popular recreational activities in summers. The enchanting carpet of tulip gardens and the giant dangling trees are really a great treat to eyes. Whenever you feel exhausted or tired due to hiking, take rest on one of the huge hanging trees above the lake. But in the rainy season, you have to be cautious as the path is too slippery to walk. Make sure to carry waterproof shoes to avoid any kind of danger while hiking.
You can see many interesting creatures like herons, tanagers, wood ducks and kingfishers on the lake shores. It is also home to rare plants and variety of trees which gives delicious wild fruits of North America.
If you are planning to explore the northern trails of the lake; from the intersection of US 30 and State Route 9, you will have to drive north on SR 9 for around 7 miles towards Noble-Whitley County. From there you have to go about half a mile west on county line road which will lead you to a parking lot. Here you will find two trail loops which will take you into the preserve.
If you want to hike on trails south of Little Crooked Lake then from the intersection of S.R. 9 and U.S. 30, drive north on S.R. 9 for around 6 miles to Co. Rd. 600N and then go half a mile to Spear Road. Once on Spear Road drive north for another half mile where you will find a parking area on the right side. You can enter the preserve by a trail that goes eastwards.