The Grand Valley Preserve, a former gravel excavation site, was acquired by the Village of Indian Hill in 2002. Located in Camp Dennison, the 379 acre site has been the focus of a reclamation project to restore wildlife and the Preserve's natural beauty. Due to the restoration, a few miles of beautiful walking trails have been created, and the previous separate lakes have been combined to form one large lake, great for canoeing and fishing. Bring your binoculars and camera, there are many species of birds, waterfowl, and wildlife for you to observe. Come and enjoy the beauty of nature, and the serenity that Grand Valley has to offer. As the restoration continues, the results will be presented on this website.
GRAND VALLEY MISSION STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES:
1. Develop a master plan for the property that will insure the highest level of benefits to a broad range of users while restoring Grand Valley to a pristine natural area.
2. Protect unique and important wildlife species through meaningful use restrictions and responsible site design criteria.
3. Provide for the construction of necessary recreation facilities and other low impact uses which comply with the mission statement.
4. Employ very strict standards for effluent discharge to insure the maintenance of a high quality water system.
5. Retain ownership of the property and provide for the continued operation of the facilities and uses to insure that the property remains a beneficial asset to the Indian Hill residential water customers.
Note: Only certain activities are permitted at Grand Valley Preserve. Any activity, at the discretion of the Village of Indian Hill, may be suspended at any time, for a specified length of time and/or in a certain area, due to construction activities. For additional information call 513.979.6221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND VALLEY GATE
The entrance to Grand Valley Preserve, for authorized card holders and their guests, is located on State Route 126. The entrance is controlled by an electronic gate and is programmed to allow access to Grand Valley Preserve during the specified hours below. The schedule changes based on the availability of daylight. Access cards will not activate the gate before or after the permitted entrance times to the Preserve. Current opening time for the gate is 7:00 a.m. The current time at which the gate will not open is 6:30 p.m. (Lock Out time). Guests are not permitted to enter the Preserve after the above Lock-Out time. A sign at the entrance indicates the time the Preserve actually closes. The current closing time for Grand Valley is now 7:00 p.m. which means all guests must be out of the Preserve by 7:00 p.m. If you are inside the Preserve before the Lock-Out time you may stay until the closing time. Please do not park your vehicle outside the gate area to enter Grand Valley. Violators will be subject to a citation for parking in a No Parking Zone.
GRAND VALLEY ACCESS CARDS
An access card is required to enter the entrance gate at Grand Valley Preserve. Each Indian Hill resident or Indian Hill residential water customer can receive one access card at no charge. One additional card may be purchased for $10.00. There is a limit of 2 cards per household. Access cards are available only at the Indian Hill Administration Building, 6525 Drake Road, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A Photo ID will be required.
Access cards are to be used/possessed by the residential water customer and their household members only. The access cards are not to be loaned to anyone outside of the residential water customer's household to enter Grand Valley. Residential water customers are not permitted to obtain an access card to Grand Valley for anyone outside of their household. Card holders may bring no more that two guests into the Preserve at a time and are required to stay with them while in Grand Valley. If the card holder leaves the Preserve their guests must leave with them.
DOG LEASH REGULATION
Dogs may be unleashed on the North Trail and the West Overlook Trail only. Dogs MUST BE KEPT UNDER CONTROL. It is mandatory that dogs are kept on their leash on all other trails. NO EXCEPTIONS
All fish are catch and release except the following limits per person per day (daily bag limits):
Largemouth Bass: 11 to 13 inches No Limit
Crappie: 10 inch minimum Limit 4
Yellow Perch: 10 inch minimum Limit 4
Catfish: 12 to 24 inches Limit 4
Bluegill: 6 inch minimum Limit 10
Common Carp: Any size and no Limit
The above are daily bag limits.
NOTE: A group of more than two person brought into the Preserve by a pass holder to fish may take no more than than twice the daily bag limit of any of the above species of fish. This is regardless of the number of passes the pass holder or others in his household may possess.
You may fish from the bank on all of the lakes except for the North Lake. Fishing from a boat is permitted on all of the lakes except for the two small lakes located on the extreme eastern side of the Preserve. Fishing on these lakes is prohibited and signs are posted indicating NO FISHING. If you do not have your own boat there are canoes on the property that you can use. Remember, boats equipped with gasoline motors are not permitted to be on the lake, even if the motor is not in use. The use of electric trolling motors is permitted. A fishing license is not required.
KEEP GRAND VALLEY CLEAN
Some visitors are discarding their cigarette butts and water bottles on the shoreline of the lakes and on the walking trails. Please do your part to keep Grand Valley beautiful. Use the trash cans that are available, or take home what you bring in. Report anyone you observe littering to the Preserve Manager or a Grand Valley employee that is on-duty. The Indian Hill Rangers are also available at 561-7000. Littering is a crime and anyone caught littering at Grand Valley will be cited. Grand Valley is your Preserve, please keep it clean.
Spring Nesting Season
Many of the birds,ducks and geese will construct nests and will lay their eggs in the spring. Should you encounter any of the above nesting activities please enjoy them from a distance and do not disturb them.
When the nests of some of the ground nesting birds are located they are marked with small orange flags or orange cones. Should you observe them please keep in mind that they may be marking the nesting site of one of these birds and avoid them.
In the event of severe weather or other emergency at Grand Valley, the on duty staff member will cause to be activated three (3) consecutive and quick soundings from an air horn at various locations around the Preserve. Upon the activation of this warning all visitors in the Preserve will be required to leave the Preserve. This will hopefully insure your safety while visiting Grand Valley.
Coyotes Attack Dog at Grand Valley
On December 13, 2011 a guest reported that her dog was attacked by several coyotes on the north trail of the Preserve where dogs are permitted to be off leash. It would be prudent to keep your dogs close to you particularly in the portion of the Preserve where dogs are permitted to be off leash .
Please report any agressive coyote activity to the staff at Grand Valley in person or by phone (616-4723 or 615-3329). In case of an emergency contact the Indian Hill Rangers at 561-7000.
EAGLES HAVE RETURNED
Several Bald Eagles have been observed at the Preserve this month (November 2013). The eagles are often observed at the Preserve between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and again between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., but may visit the Preserve at any time during the day. If you don’t see them flying over the lakes in search of a coot for lunch, then look in two of their favorite perching locations. Check out the trees located just south of the curve on the main road near the lake or the Sycamore trees just west of the north lake near Rt. 126. They are magnificent birds, so don’t forget your camera and binoculars so you can enjoy the show.
On June 29, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM a representative from RAPTOR Inc. will be at Grand Valley Preserve to present information on Raptors (birds of prey) and the RAPTOR Organization. Live birds will be present for viewing. All valid Grand Valley pass holders are welcome to attend. There is no fee/charge attached for those attending this presentation. The site for this event is the maintenance barn at Grand Valley.
Any questions pertaining to this event may be directed to Clara Blair at Indian Hill Public Works; 576-8469 or Rick Babcock at Grand Valley Preserve; 979-6221.