About Wing Haven

Address: 180 W. 400 N., Angola, IN 46703
Acreage: 254.8 acres

Wing Haven Nature Preserve protects lakes, wetlands and forests.

Wetlands, woodlands, and rolling meadows make up three unique ecosystems in this preserve. The chain of glacially-carved kettle-hole lakes (known as the Seven Sisters) includes Gentian Lake and Little Gentian Lake, named by Helen Swenson for the purple gentians that bloom on the lakes’ edges.

The Swensons surrounded guests with the unhurried rhythms of nature.

After managing Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park from 1937-1948, Helen and Ben Swenson purchased 400 nearby acres as their homestead.  On the eastern edge of the property, they built and operated Wing Haven Resort, where Helen used her artistic talents to decorate each guest house in the colors of birds native to the region. After Ben’s death in 1954, Helen continued to operate Wing Haven Resort for 15 years.

Helen Swenson had an artist’s eye and a fierce devotion to this land.

In nature, Helen saw art everywhere. In the artist’s studio, Helen created paintings that captured the splendor of budding flowers and the rich colors of the earth. Helen’s greatest joy was to introduce others to the beauty and quietude of nature.

“I have always found more satisfaction in knowing a few things intimately than a lot of things briefly.”
-Helen Swenson



The Wing Haven Studio; Photo by Jerry McCoy