Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park
A fence separates a farm field from prairie at Prophetstown State Park, near Lafayette, Indiana. File photo: Scott J. Kingery, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Prophetstown State Park combines the historical Native American heritage of Tippecanoe County, Indiana with the concepts of environmental conservation. Originally opened in 2004, Prophetstown is one of the newest parks in the state with a history that delves back in time centuries.

The location that Prophetstown State Park occupies today was the site of a battle waged between Native Americans and U.S. forces in 1811, known as the Battle of Tippecanoe. Troops had been sent into the area by the Governor of the Indiana Territory at the time, William Henry Harrison, in response to a confederacy of various tribes who opposed European-American settlement of the American frontier. The resulting battle – which took place at the Native Americans’ headquarters of Prophetstown – resulted in its complete destruction in the span of just two hours.

Today, Prophetstown State Park’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Native American history of the region; the part, which comes in at 2,000 acres, has been designated as a restoration area for natural habitats, such as prairie lands and wetlands, and the preservation of the history of Prophetstown.

On the grounds of the park, there is a museum that is dedicated to the Battle of Tippecanoe and Prophetstown, along with a monument within the park that pays homage to the tribes that live in the area. The Farm of Prophetstown, a non-profit organization that rents 125 acres of land within Prophetstown State Park, serves as historic interpreters that convey the realities of farm life during the early 20th century.

In addition, the park itself offers a variety of different amenities and activities for visitors, including RV camping – including electric hookups – in addition to fishing, biking, and winter recreational activities.

To find out more, please visit https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/parks-lakes/prophetstown-state-park.

Prophetstown State Park
4112 IN-225
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 567-4919
on.IN.gov/prophetstownsp

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