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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.
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
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.
Barbee Chain of Lakes
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!