Wing Haven Nature Preserve – Erika Celeste
Nature sings at Wing Haven! The Acres Land Trust site encompasses almost 255 acres. Helen
Swenson donated the land and its 19th century log buildings to the Trust. The property features
a ravine, several spring fed lakes, and a restored prairie meadows and grasslands.
There are several trails of varying difficulty tucked between the kettle lakes which were created
by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Stairs and bridges link the trails treating hikers to a wide
variety of landscapes from moss covered rocks and streams to neatly sculpted fallen trees.
Wildflowers including a little blue flower known as the fringed gentian cover the banks of the
lakes—two of which, Gentian and Little Gentian take their name from the flower.
A great place for photography, birding, and studying foliage, one only needs to look closely to
find hidden treasures. From dragon flies and water striders, to rabbits, squirrel, sandhill cranes,
and raccoons, Wing Haven has it all.
While some of the 19th century log buildings are used by the caretakers, others may be reserved
and rented out for such weddings and other events.
Wing Haven is located north of Angola just off I69/US 27 North. Take exit 154 to SR 127S. Then
turn left on CR 400 N and head east (left) the preserve and parking is a short distance back on
the left (north side of the road).