Weddings at DeFries GardensLearn more

Do you have a small wedding party with just a few guests? Are you looking for an intimate place in a park surrounded by blooms and nature to marry the love of your life?

DeFries Gardens, located in the heart of the River Preserve County Park, offers a picturesque backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Please keep in mind this is a public park with limited parking and the garden can only be rented for a two-hour time block. To learn more, read the Wedding Permit Form (PDF). Reserve the gardens here. For questions, please contact our admin team at 574.535.6458.

Stable ShelterLearn more

Secluded at the north end of the park, this large open-air shelter is a fantastic site for a family outing and includes close access to  the disc golf course and a volleyball court.

Fisherman’s Camp ShelterLearn more

Located on the banks of the Elkhart River, Fisherman’s Camp is a handicap-accessible open-air shelter with picturesque views of the park and observation tower. The shelter includes a campfire pit, nearby playground, and electric outlets. The site also has easy access to the canoe/kayak launch, fishing sites, and hiking trailheads. Adjacent to the shelter is the lower athletic field and a volleyball pit.

Honey Locust ShelterLearn more

Nestled in the oxbow of the Elkhart River, this open-air shelter is a fantastic site for a family outing and includes close access to a playground, volleyball court, and is only a short walk to the spillway and fishing sites. Nearby, hiking trails run along the river and through beautiful woodlands. The shelter includes a campfire pit and is handicap-accessible.

Coffee Tree ShelterLearn more

Open-air shelter with good views of the Elkhart River, located near several trails and a short walk to the observation tower. Shelter includes a campfire pit. Handicap-accessible.

Ox Bow Haus ShelterLearn more

The park’s only enclosed shelter with electricity and modern restroom facilities. Hiking trails, athletic field, playground and volleyball court are nearby and foldable tables and chairs are provided. Two picnic tables and grills located on back deck. A wood burning stove provides warmth during cooler months. Ox Bow Haus is open to the public as a warming house December thru February.

Cottonwood ShelterLearn more

Cottonwood shelter is a perfect choice for visitors looking for a setting to play outdoor sports while enjoying the scenic beauty of the park. A wooded patio next to the shelter provides spectacular views of the wetlands and forest. Just across the road, the athletic field offers a playground, archery range and plenty of room for ball sports. A volleyball court and horseshoe pit are a short walk away.

Black Maple ShelterLearn more

Located at the heart of the park, Black Maple is an open-air shelter with easy access to a number of recreational amenities. The spillway and fishing pier are just across the road providing excellent fishing opportunities. Nearby trails lead through woods and connects to a wooded boardwalk over a wetland habitat. A short walk will take you to the disc golf course, playground, athletic field, and volleyball court. Shelter includes a campfire pit.

Cobus Creek ShelterLearn more

The Cobus Creek Shelter is located at the heart of the park with easy access to the hiking trails, playground, restrooms, and parking lot. The shelter includes electricity and is handicap-accessible.

The shelter also features an enclosed catering kitchen with a sink, counter space, cabinets, and a serving station with a roll top window and counter. The main section of the facility features multiple picnic tables, a grill, and fireplace (wood not provided).

The Sensory Garden is also available to reserve as an add-on feature for $50.

Benton ShelterLearn more

Open-air shelter located in the Benton Spillway section. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are provided with shelter. Site contains open area for recreatioin, an accessible latrine, drinking fountain, fishing and small boat access. Miles of hiking trails lead along the historic canal through woods, restored prairies, meadows and wetlands to the Benton Spillway and Benton Dam. The area is listed as an Indiana Wildlife Viewing Area. Handicapped Accessible.