Wet May not expected to stop Memorial Day fun at Indiana State Parks

By Eddie Drews

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a soggy May, all DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for the holiday weekend. 

Across the state, eight state parks are experiencing closures of beaches and/or boat ramps because of recent heavy rainfall. According to Christie Sorrels, business services program director of Indiana State Parks, the affected areas are “somewhat used to this sort of thing.”

Parks with closures include:

  • Cagles Mill Lake (beach closed)
  • Cecil M. Harden Lake (beach and boat ramps closed)
  • Mississinewa Lake (beach and boat ramps closed)
  • Monroe Lake (beaches and courtesy docks closed)
  • O’Bannon Woods (Stagestop Campground and the canoe access ramp)
  • Patoka Lake (beach closed)
  • Prophetstown (parts of trails 3 & 4 flood occasionally)
  • Salamonie Lake (beach, horse trails, some campsites closed)

“Because boat launching is still available at most locations – just not every ramp is open – I don’t expect our lake-goers to be too terribly affected by the high water this weekend,” said Sorrels in an email. “Boaters need to use extreme caution due to floating debris and obstacles in the water.”

The majority of campsites are not affected by the high water. Sorrels said the only sites that are unusable because of the weather include a handful of electric sites, which are underwater at Salamonie Lake in Wabash County.

“Any affected customers will get full refunds for the reservations we have to cancel,” said Sorrels.

She said the weather for the weekend would have the greatest impact on how many people visit state parks over the holiday.

“Overall, I don’t see the high water on reservoirs affecting our visitation as much as I would expect a cool and rainy weekend to,” said Sorrels. “That’s why we are all hoping for some breaks in the clouds and a little sunshine.”

Eddie Drews is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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