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The Elkhart Conservation Club is a non-profit organization preserving natural resources and local heritage.

During the St. Joe River flooding in February 2018, pools formed in the wetlands along the creek and at the mouth of the river, slowing the current and filtering accumulated sediment from the overflow waters.

The main cabin is sited above a nature preserve where Cobus Creek flows through the wooded area into the St. Joseph River. The preserve contains upland woods and wetland woods, ponds and pools.  Tree snags and rocks in the creek provide good fish habitat.  Wetlands at the mouth of the creek are mapped in the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI). Wetlands along the St. Joseph River protect the fish and wildlife of the river, giving hiding and spawning places and providing food. Wooded wetlands help maintain the cold water that trout need to survive.  Club member volunteers raise brown trout from eggs to adults in the fishery on the grounds.

Contact

The Elkhart Conservation Club is at 55515 Riviera Drive, Elkhart Indiana 46514

Our phone number is (574) 295-5896

About

A plaque with the Elkhart Conservation Club motto hangs over the fireplace in the main cabin.

Beginning in 1929 and first calling themselves the Elkhart Fish and Game Club, a membership was formed to preserve the heritage of hunting, fishing and appreciation of the wild outdoors for future generations.  The first focus was on raising fish and pheasants to be caught and hunted at the club.  The decision to incorporate came in 1934 and the growing organization became the Elkhart Conservation Club.   At the present time a brown trout hatchery is supported by members dues, a candy-making fundraiser, volunteer time and donations from other fishing groups.

The motto of the Elkhart Conservation Club is this:

I GIVE MY PLEDGE AS AN AMERICAN TO SAVE AND FAITHFULLY TO DEFEND FROM WASTE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF MY COUNTRY – ITS SOIL AND MINERALS, ITS FORESTS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE.

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Some of this year’s fish have been released from the tanks and are swimming in area creeks and rivers.  Fishing at the Conservation Club is catch and release only.

Cabins

When the original cabin became insufficient to meet the needs of the membership, a larger cabin was built above the woodland preserve.  Rentals of the cabin are available on a daily basis.  The space provides a relaxing setting for parties, reunions, meetings and the like.

The smaller cabin is used as a base for local Boy Scout Troop 747.  It may be reserved for Hoosier River Watch training sessions because of its proximity to Cobus Creek where sampling can be done.

Information and reservations are available by calling David (574) 295-5896.