Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
No need to worry, Hoosier outdoor lovers.
Although national parks and national wildlife refuges are closed because of the federal government shutdown, Indiana’s 24 state parks and eight reservoir properties remain open for business as usual — if you call the burst of fall colors usual.
There is an Indiana state park or reservoir property within a one-hour drive of every Hoosier.
The properties offer an array of recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoe and kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking, and wildlife watching.
Daily gate fees for in-state residents are only $5 per carload at most properties. Those who want to stay overnight will probably need to do some planning. October is one of the most popular camping months of the year, with autumn- and Halloween-themed events happening at many properties. Reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov or 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746).
“October has become like the busy month of July for our parks and reservoirs,” said Ginger Murphy of the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “If weekends are full at your favorite state park or reservoir, camping on weekdays during your fall break is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.”
Information on state parks and reservoirs is at stateparks.IN.gov. Information on programs and special events is at InterpretiveServices.IN.gov
Information on all DNR properties, all of which remain open during the federal government shutdown, is at dnr.IN.gov/5280.htm.