USGS has installed a new stream gage near the Lafayette Avenue bridge, and as a result new water level advisories have been established. Only experienced canoeist and kayakers should be on the creek when the water level is between 5 and 6 feet, with levels above 6 feet being hazardous and unsafe for canoeing or kayaking.
Measuring the flow rate and water level of Sugar Creek involves much more than just sticking a ruler in the stream, it is actually a precise scientific device and process used in more than 9,000 locations nationwide, as explained in the attached USGS report "How Does a U.S. Geological Survey Stream Gage Work?".
Eighteen area youth, and eighteen adults, participated in Friends of Sugar Creek's educational program on July 18, 2020 to learn about the habitat, biology, geology, history, and beauty of Sugar Creek. Unfortunately the 2021 event was "rained out", but the 2022 program is scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd (see Events page).
The 2022 Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race was once again a huge success, despite the inclement weather, with 6 participants in the Stwalley Short Race and 10 entrants in the longer 15 mile race. The next canoe race is scheduled for May 20th, 2023.
The Sugar Creek low head dam was removed by the City of Crawfordsville in September 2021, following approvals from Indiana DNR and IDEM. Removal of the low head dam has reconnected 1,123 stream miles, improved biodiversity, and eliminated a safety hazard.
Aaron Selby shares his thoughts on how to escape from the challenges of self isolation and social distancing resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
MOCO Adopt a Storm Drain is a volunteer progam sponsored by Friends of Sugar Creek and the Crawfordsville Storm Water Department. We encourage you to consider adopting a drain in your neighborhood.
The Sugar Creek Nature Trail is located just north of downtown Crawfordsville, the interpretive signage for the Nature Trail was a Friends of Sugar Creek project.
Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) is a non-profit conservation organization that protects our fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.
Our Annual Meeting will feature Mark Loring Booth, Executive Director of Take Flight! Wildlife Education (a.k.a. The Raptor Guy), who will present the natural history of birds of prey, the historical significance of falconry and how raptor awareness helps us track environmental health.