Pecan Basin Cates/Clawson Reserve


This 155-acre property on the Wabash River in southwestern Fountain County includes 3/8 of a mile of river frontage with a deep forest corridor that will eventually become part of the Wabash River Heritage Trail. There are bottomland fields which were reforested in 2001, a section of the old Wabash and Erie Canal, and ravined uplands that still retain a good variety of native plants.

Pecan Basin was acquired in December, 2000, with the assistance of grants from the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission, the Roy L. Whistler Foundation, and the Covington Community Foundation.

Ducks Unlimited reforested the bottomlands with the help of a grant from Cinergy Corporation. Pheasants Forever supplied native grass seeds for reseeding six acres of bottomland under the high tension power lines. A half-mile gravel loop trail leads from the parking lot to the corner of the old Wabash and Erie Canal and back. Across the road a rough trail takes you up the hill. Part of it runs along the edge of a steep wooded ravine. From the top, a look back towards the river gives a wonderful panorama of the Wabash Valley.


Turkey Run State Park is twelve miles southeast of Pecan Basin

•The Nature Conservancy’s Portland Arch, a dedicated state Nature Preserve, lies fifteen miles to the north.

How to Get There

From Perrysville, take State Road 32 east to Silver Island Road (the first road to the right). Follow the river south on this road for 1 1/2 miles to its intersection with Liberty Church Road, Pecan Basin’s southern boundary. The lowlands are to your right, the uplands to your left.

The coordinates for the parking lot are: N 40° 01.584′ , W 87° 25.103′.