Some Indiana State Parks will close temporarily to give way to controlled deer management hunts

Select Indiana State Park properties will close temporarily for a series of controlled deer management hunts in the coming weeks. This activity is done to control the deer population and to protect the natural habitat from overpopulation. Reducing the deer's number also ensures that harmful ticks don't increase in number along with the increase in the deer's number. Regulated deer hunting also generates critical funding for state fish and wildlife agencies through the American System of Conservation Funding. There are two separate weeks that these closures will occur.  The first hunt is on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 until Tuesday, Nov. [...]

2021-11-05T21:57:14+00:00November 5th, 2021|Indiana State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Indiana State Parks offer free admission on Black Friday

Go to any paid admission state park, state reservoir or state forest recreation area in Indiana and get to enjoy free admission on Black Friday. Likewise, Veterans can also enjoy free admission on Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2021. Source Photo Credit

2021-11-02T22:11:09+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Indiana State Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

New 1.6-mile Mountain Bike Trail Opens at Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is one of the most popular state parks for bike enthusiasts and it continues to expand its trail network by opening its latest 1.6-mile Limekiln East trail. The new trail is the second of three new routes being completed in the park, thanks to the $200,000 state grant to the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. Additional trails in the heavily wooded, hilly park will give visitors more options and add to its reputation as a top mountain biking destination. The project’s funding is part of the state’s Next Level Trails grant program, which the DNR said has [...]

Haunted Village returns to Spring Mill State Park

There was no Haunted Village last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year, the Haunted Village returns to the Spring Mill State Park for those who love to celebrate Halloween. The Haunted Village is run by volunteers and is expected to have a strong turnout this year. Visitors will only be admitted to the Haunted Village if they purchase their bracelets in advance. Bracelets will be sold starting today Oct.16, Saturday, at 10 am in the pool parking lot. No entry will be allowed in the pool parking lot before 7 a.m. Bracelets are $5 each and the purchase [...]

Wells County Boy Scouts learn search and rescue skills at Ouabache State Park

It's never too early to learn search and rescue skills. This is what happened to the Boy Scouts in Wells County. They were trained by the first responders at Ouabache State Park and were able to earn their Communications and Search and Rescue badges. The training included finding victims and getting them to safety. To make it realistic, "victims" were covered in mock injuries and hidden in the secluded parts of the park, waiting for the boy scouts to rescue them, provide first aid, and get them to safety. The objective of this training was to give the boy scouts [...]

The 12th Annual Trail of Scarecrows Kicks Off

Prophetstown State Park's Annual Trail of Scarecrows is back for its 12th year! It will run through until Nov. 7, from 7am-10pm. The Trail of Scarecrows kick-off as a fundraising campaign for the park's Interpretive Services Fund. It includes anything from funding the care for our animals in the park to funding for education ambassadors to covering cultural programming. Guests are welcome to visit the Prophetstown State Park trail to see and vote on their favorite scarecrow. The scarecrow with the most votes will win a variety of prizes. Guests who want to vote by picking up a voting ballot [...]

Charlestown State Park celebrates its 25th birthday with free admission

Free admission today at Charlestown State Park, which is celebrating its 25th year today, October 2, 2021. The park is located off the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Charlestown. Free admission will run from 9 a.m. until noon, it would be followed by a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the park's new nature nook. The celebration will include a fun scavenger hunt and an interesting presentation about the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. Source Photo Credit

Indiana Dunes Beaches Reopen to Public

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that the orange-colored discharge that can be seen in Lake Michigan and along the Indiana Dunes Beaches came from a U.S. Steel plant. The discoloration was caused by high levels of iron in the water. However, it has been assessed that there are no major health risks to anyone who comes into contact with the lake's water despite the obvious discoloration. The concentration of iron is also within the limits that are indicated in the U.S. Steel's permit to operate. The discharge has started to dissipate so the EPA reopened the Indiana Dunes Beaches [...]

Pups and their Hoomans are invited to ‘Yappy Hour’ at Military Park

"Yappy Hour" is back! due to insistent popular demand. Pups and their hoomans are invited for a night of good music, good food, and canine training services. This free family-friendly happy hour event will also have yard games, local dog services, and training demonstrations along with beer and wine. IndyHumane will also be there with their Pet Awareness Wagon and will bring dogs available for adoption. The event will be on Thursday, Sept. 30. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis. "Yappy Hour is such a unique event. It is a fun outdoor happy hour for [...]

2021-09-29T13:34:37+00:00September 29th, 2021|Indiana State Parks News, Military Park, State Parks News|0 Comments

US Steel Plant Spill on Indiana Dunes National Park Beaches

Indiana Dunes National Park closes beaches, and water operations as orange material appear to have leaked from a U.S. steel mill into Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor Sulynch began receiving calls around 5:50 pm on Sunday, about an unknown substance in the water near the exit of Portage’s US Steel Midwest plant, then heading for Lake Michigan along the Burns Canal. Lynch told the Times (Northwest Indiana) that Portage Marina employees already collected samples for analysis. As per the Indiana Environmental Management Department representative, the state agencies were already investigating the case. Consequently, Indiana Dunes National Park closed the riverwalk, lakefront, [...]

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