Clear Creek Park is anchored by Lake Shelby on the north which is a 20 acre fishing lake that was originally purchased in 1974 and was the city of Shelbyville’s water supply. The park has a diversity of passive and active recreational opportunities and the land purchased by KHLCF protects a thin forest buffer along the creek. The land was purchased to add land to the greenway which allows for expansion of trails, protect the undeveloped green space, and to provide access to creek for fishing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and hiking, and environmental education. The thin forest buffer is typical mesic and riparian forest and includes species such as black willow, box elder, silver maple, sycamore, pin and bur oak grading into more upland sites dominated by black walnut, shagbark and bitternut hickory, northern red oak, sugar maple, Ohio buckeye, American basswood, and blue and white ash. There are a few spring wildflowers that can be found including wood poppy, Dutchman’s breeches, yellow trout lily, squirrel corn, spring beauty, and sessile trillium. Unfortunately the exotic invasive garlic mustard has taken over much of the alluvial soils and is the dominant herbaceous plant, although river cane is rapidly expanding along the creek. Sixty seven plant species and 133 bird species have been observed in the park.
From US 60 in downtown Shelbyville turn north onto 7th street and follow into Clear Creek Park onto Burks Branch Road.