The Kankakee Marsh was for thousands of years one of the largest wetlands in North America.
Waterfowl and wildlife thrived in the basin, and Native American tribes, including the Miami, Illinois and Potawatomi, lived off the river’s bounty. Ultimately, the wetlands were drained and reduced to an arrow-straight stretch of river.
In a short film, “Indiana Everglades,” Kankakee Valley Historical Society director John Hodson said, “The story of the Kankakee River, I think, is a unique story that shows the good and bad in a man. And also, it shows and reflects efforts that can be made afterwards to correct the mistake that was made.”