Posts Tagged ‘Indiana State Parks’

Veterans and Active Duty Military Free Admission Day at DNR Properties, Nov. 11

November 7, 2017 1 comment

Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:

—Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214).
—Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
—Veteran license plates also include:
—Air Force Veteran
—Army Veteran.
—Coast Guard Veteran.
—Marine Corps Veteran.
—Merchant Marine Veteran.
—Navy Veteran.
—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter.
—Veterans hunting and fishing license.
—Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document.
—Any other certificate or verification letter or form.

For general information about state park, reservoir and forest properties, visit

For information about interpretive programs at state parks and reservoirs, visit

Temporary State Park Closings November 2017

November 6, 2017 1 comment

Spring Mill State Park is one of the parks affected by this announcement. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

DNR Press Release

Multiple state park properties to close temporarily for deer reductions

Select Indiana state park properties will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 27-28, 2017.

The state parks affected are Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon and Trine State Recreation Area, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area, Tippecanoe River, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.

These properties will close to the general public the evening before each two-day reduction effort and reopen the morning after each effort.

Only individual hunters selected from the draw in September and their designated hunting partners may participate in the hunts.

DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.

Information on 2018 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at The application deadline is usually the end of August.

Additional information on state park deer reductions is at

DNR Camping Discounts at Boat Sport & Travel Show

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visitors to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show can receive a promo code for 15 percent off camping reservations at Indiana State Parks during weeknights in May 2015 (such as Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County, pictured above).

The promo code will be made available only at the DNR booth at the Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015.

The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. The offer is not valid on walk-ins. Weeknights are Sundays through Wednesdays.

Reservations can be booked at or by calling (866) 622-6746. Reservations must be booked and used by May 20, 2015.

Visitors to the show also can buy 2015 fishing and hunting licenses and other permits; camping gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; and other DNR offerings. Visitors can also pick up the 2015 DNR Recreation Guide and 2015 DNR Fishing Guide for free.

Valentine ideas from Indiana State Parks and Inns

January 30, 2015 Leave a comment
McCormick's Creek State Park in Owen County, Indiana.

McCormick’s Creek State Park in Owen County, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
DNR Division, Indiana State Parks

Valentine ideas from Indiana State Parks and Inns

Let Indiana State Parks and Inns be your cupid this Valentine’s Day with gift ideas and lodging specials. offers gift cards for camping at Indiana State Parks and for  lodging at State Park Inns, annual park entrance passes, and more. Or, buy one of two GO! Pack specials that include an entrance permit, one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine, gift certificates and more at a discount. Use the coupon code VDAY to receive free shipping on all gift card orders placed between Feb. 1-15.

You can also donate $10 to plant a tree on an Indiana state forest as a symbol of your relationship. Information is at

Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park (see related photo above), Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park and Fort Harrison Inn at Fort Harrison State Park are offering Valentine’s Day packages for Saturday, Feb. 14, that include dinner and overnight accommodations. Prices range from $165 to $225 per couple. The Fort Harrison package includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine in your room.

Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park is offering a getaway available between Feb. 9 and 15. The deal includes dinner in an intimate setting, lodging, a bottle of wine, chocolates, breakfast and more.

Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park is offering a special for all of February, and several inns will be offering a 2-for-1 special through Feb. 26 (restrictions apply). Spring Mill Inn and Potawatomi Inn have extended their 2-for-1 special through March 31.

More information is at

For those who prefer a cabin, Shakamak State Park is offering a weeknight discount through Feb. 25. Those who reserve a cabin for one or more weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking (restrictions apply). Reservations can be booked at or by calling (866) 622-6746. Use the promo code “SHAKCABIN15.”

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