Tippecanoe County

Frank and Ada Beineke Memorial Forest

Frank and Ada Beineke Memorial Forest protects a portion of Indian Creek, which flows through the property north to south. Indian Creek is a great place to look for ebony jewelwing damselflies, cricket frogs and other aquatic denizens.

Most of the lands on either side of the creek were formerly farmed. Portions of the land have been reforested and other portions have been allowed to naturally recover.

In addition, beaver have returned to the area and are rewilding the land with the creation of a small dam on a tributary of Indian Creek that has flooded portions of the land that were growing young trees and creating places for wetland loving species such as great angelica.

The northern border of Frank and Ada Beineke Memorial Forest touches Purdue’s Martell Forest.


  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

History of Acquisition and Property

Property was purchase in 2018 and supported by the Laura Hare Charitable Trust.

The property is adjacent to land owned by Walt and Kay Beineke that is in an estate plan to NICHES, and NICHES and the Beineke’s decided to name the whole preserve under one name to simplify future use by the public.

Walt Beineke has the distinction with being the first forester to hold a patent on a tree, and he tells the story of his life and work in the book Purdue Number One.

Walt and Kay’s land is still private property today and not open to the public. Please respect all private property.

How to Get There

From the intersection of South River Road and 725 W, travel north 0.4 miles and park on the west side of the road. If you crossed Indian Creek, you went too far.

Noteworthy Information

Walt and Kay’s land is still private property today and not open to the public.


Closed in November for Deer Control Hunt

Number of Acres


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