Fish Weir in Wabash County, Indiana Constructed by the Meadowood Iroquois

Ancient Fish Weir in Wabash County Dates as Early as 1,200 B.C.

The Eel weir at Laketon reveals the only clue as to who built the stone works in Wabash County. In 1986, R. Ferguson wrote a paper called “Archaeological Sites In the Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia. Ms.,” in which he identified what he called the “Eel Weir complex,” a group of triangular-shaped, stone fish weirs along the Mersey River that included Meadowood (Iroquois) type points. These weirs were constructed to catch eels in the fall and gaspergeau in the spring. The weir and stone bowl may date as early 1,200 B.C. which is the earliest known date of the Meadowood Iroquois.

From North Manchester, go south three miles on State Road 13 to County Road 900 North, go west a couple of miles to Laketon Road, and then north to the bridge at Laketon where the weir is visible. Or, from Roann, take State Road 16 east four miles to the Laketon Road and then north to Laketon.