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DNR: Brown County SP overnight facilities remain closed; limited day use continues

At Brown County State Park, the campgrounds, cabins and Abe Martin Lodge closures have been extended another day through at least Wednesday, June 26. Campers and lodge guests with reservations have been contacted directly. 

The park will continue with day use activities and services only on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 -26. This includes such activities as sight-seeing, fishing and picnicking. Gates are staffed, but no admission is charged. The Saddle Barn is also open for guided horseback rides.

Abe Martin Lodge remains closed, and the pools, and drinking fountains remain closed. Modern restrooms are closed, but vault toilets are available. Guests who visit for permitted activities must bring their own drinking water, although bottled water and packaged snacks are now available at the park’s Country Store near the campground.

The nature center and park office remain open, but restrooms in those buildings are closed. Hiking trails 1 and 3 are fully open; trails 2, 8, 9, and 10 are open but with some washouts so please use caution. Hiking trails 4, 5, 6, and 7 are closed. Mountain bike trails and horse trails remain closed.
The park vistas, for which Brown County is so well known, are beautiful and green as they always are in summer.

Park staff, working together with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are making daily progress in removing the excess sediment from water from Ogle Lake to produce a potable water supply. Park staff are also continuing the process of evaluating the more than 116 miles of trails of all types and conducting initial repairs.

Closure of overnight facilities beyond Wednesday night will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall, and as we receive water test results.