Eric and Tonya Horvath opened Eel River Bison Ranch and Event Center in 2014 to begin fulfilling their dream of operating a working bison ranch. Much work was done before the first animal arrived in January 2015. Eric and Tonya converted over 30 acres of farm ground to beautiful green pasture. Now Eel River Bison Ranch is home to a small herd of bison and growing yearly.

The barn on the property was previously used as an event center but when Eric and Tonya purchased the property it had not been used in several years. Eric and Tonya thought people would enjoy the uniqueness of having a special event on a working bison ranch. Many aesthetic improvements have been made to the barn and is the perfect place for a wedding, anniversary or birthday party, family or class reunion or business meeting.


Eel River Bison Ranch and Event Center

7480 W. River Road

South Whitley, IN 46787


Rustic Barn Tours

By Appointment



(260) 229-9115

(260) 609-1776

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