Our Land and Lakes

The Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed

The Watershed Foundation works in the natural lakes region of northern Indiana, home to hundreds of ancient glacial “kettle” lakes. 

We focus our efforts on the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed, a land area that covers 236 square miles spanning parts of Kosciusko, Noble, and Whitley counties. Our watershed alone contains over 60 lakes, many creeks and streams, and the Tippecanoe River.

A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers. Every small watershed drains to a larger watershed that eventually flows into reservoirs, bays, and oceans.

Known as the “river of lakes,” the Tippecanoe River begins in the northern part of the watershed, near Crooked Lake in Whitley County. From there, our water “goes with the flow” of geographical features like peaks, plains, and valleys, eventually flowing from the Tippecanoe River into the Wabash River, then the Ohio River, then the Mississippi River, and finally emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

In fact, the Tippecanoe River is the headwaters of the Mississippi River watershed in Indiana. For that reason, what happens in and around our lakes and streams impacts waterways far beyond our own.

Webster Lake, located in North Webster, IN, is one of 60+ lakes in The Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed.

Our region’s diverse, abundant water resources make this area a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Water powers local industry and agriculture, provides rest and recreational opportunities, and meets essential needs for humans and animals alike, including

  • Habitat for an incredible array of species.
  • Household water needs, including drinking water.
  • Industrial water needs, especially for agriculture, a pillar of our local economy.
  • Tourist and recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming.


The health of our watershed is directly connected to the quality of our lives. That’s why TWF takes action throughout our watershed, stopping pollution on land before it reaches water.

Crooked Lake

Big Lake

Loon Lake

Old Lake

New Lake

Goose Lake

Robinson Lake

Ridinger Lake

Webster Lake

Barbee Chain of Lakes

Lake Tippecanoe

Chapman Lake

Pike Lake

Winona Lake

Center Lake

Tippecanoe River

The Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed

The Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed covers 236 square miles and contains over 60 lakes.

  • 1 Crooked Lake
  • 2 Big Lake
  • 3 Loon Lake
  • 4 Old Lake
  • 5 New Lake
  • 6 Goose Lake
  • 7 Robinson Lake
  • 8 Ridinger Lake
  • 9 Webster Lake
  • 10 Barbee Chain of Lakes
  • 11 Lake Tippecanoe
  • 12 Chapman Lake
  • 13 Pike Lake
  • 14 Winona Lake
  • 15 Center Lake
  • 16 Tippecanoe River

View Watershed ProjectsInvest in Clean Water

Explore Your Watershed

Watch the Watershed

Blue & Wild Spaces

Did you know? The Nature Conservancy considers the Tippecanoe River one of the "Top 10 Rivers to Protect in the U.S." due to the number of rare and endangered species it supports.


All of us who live, work, and play in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed are responsible for its protection. When we work together, we can ensure our land and lakes stay healthy for generations to come. Learn how you can make a difference! 

Hear From Us!

Follow Us Online and Sign-Up for Our Newsletter