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List of Indiana state parks

 

List of Indiana state parks

The U.S. state of Indiana has 24 state parks maintained and operated by Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Marion and Clark are the only counties to have two. Brown County, the largest state park, has the greatest number of visitors, followed by Indiana Dunes State Park.[1] In addition, a separate state agency operates White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis.[2]

Richard Lieber was instrumental in the foundation of the Indiana State Park system. The first state park in Indiana was McCormick's Creek State Park, in Owen County in 1916, followed in the same year by Turkey Run State Park in Parke County. A steady climb in the number of state parks rose in the 1920s, mostly by donation from local authorities to the state government for the purpose of a state park. Of the initial twelve, only Muscatatuck State Park is no longer a state park, having been given back to Jennings County in 1968.[3] It was during the Great Depression of the 1930s that much infrastructure was built within the park, constructed by New Deal agencies such as the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, with the majority of this Depression-era construction still in use in the 21st Century. This delay in infrastructure was due in part to Richard Lieber believing that the parks should be kept as natural as possible.[4]

Initially, the state parks were meant to feature natural environments in Indiana; establishing Mounds State Park for its historical nature and establishing Shakamak State Park purely for recreational purposes (it was an abandoned strip mine) strayed from the initial purposes of the Indiana state park system.[5]

While Indiana does not have as many state parks as some other states, it has avoided obtaining too many smaller properties that would be hard to manage. A goal of having at least one state park within an hour's drive for every Hoosier was met when Prophetstown State Park was established.[6]

Contents

  • State parks 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

State parks

Name Photo City County Established Area[7] Description[7]
Brown County Nashville
Brown 1929 15,776 acres (63.84 km2) Largest State Park in Indiana[8]
Chain O' Lakes
Albion
Noble 1960 2,718 acres (11.00 km2) Features eight connected kettle lakes[9]
Charlestown Charlestown
Clark 1996 5,100 acres (21 km2) Built on the grounds of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant[10]
Clifty Falls Madison
Jefferson 1920 1,416 acres (5.73 km2) Features a canyon that has daylight only at midday[11]
Falls of the Ohio Clarksville
Clark 1990 165 acres (0.67 km2) Offers views of the Falls of the Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky[12]
Fort Harrison Indianapolis
Marion 1996 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) Built on the site of old Fort Benjamin Harrison[13]
Harmonie
New Harmony
Posey 1966 3,465 acres (14.02 km2) Near historic Rappite and Owenite villages.[14]
Indiana Dunes Porter
Porter 1925 2,182 acres (8.83 km2) Attached to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.[15]
Lincoln Lincoln City
Spencer 1932 1,847 acres (7.47 km2) Across from Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, it was the last state park established by Richard Lieber.[16]
McCormick's Creek Spencer
Owen 1916 1,924 acres (7.79 km2) First state park in Indiana[17]
Mounds Anderson
Madison 1930 290 acres (1.2 km2) [18]
O'Bannon Woods Corydon
Harrison 2004 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) Formerly the Wyandotte SRA, renamed in honor of the late Indiana governor Frank O'Bannon.[19]
Ouabache
Bluffton
Wells 1962 1,104 acres (4.47 km2) Name comes from the French spelling of "Wabash"[20]
Pokagon Angola
Steuben 1925 1,260 acres (5.1 km2) Well known for its skiing.[21]
Potato Creek
North Liberty
St. Joseph 1969 3,840 acres (15.5 km2) [22]
Prophetstown
West Lafayette
Tippecanoe 2004 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) [23]
Shades Waveland
Montgomery 1947 3,082 acres (12.47 km2) Only state park to ever have its own airstrip.[24]
Shakamak Jasonville
Clay, Greene and Sullivan 1929 1,766 acres (7.15 km2) Used to be a strip mine[25]
Spring Mill Mitchell
Lawrence 1927 1,358 acres (5.50 km2) Featured a pioneer village, numerous caves, and a memorial to Gus Grissom[26]
Summit Lake New Castle
Henry 1988 2,680 acres (10.8 km2) [27]
Tippecanoe River Winamac
Pulaski 1943 2,761 acres (11.17 km2) [28]
Turkey Run Marshall
Parke 1916 2,382 acres (9.64 km2) Famous for its sandstone gorges and unique terrain[29]
Versailles Versailles
Ripley 1943 5,988 acres (24.23 km2) [30]
White River Indianapolis
Marion 1979 250 acres (1.0 km2) An urban park in downtown Indianapolis[31]
Whitewater Memorial Liberty
Union 1949 1,710 acres (6.9 km2) Built on land donated by four counties[32]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Statistics". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "White River State Park". in.gov. State of Indiana. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ History
  4. ^ Ralston, Patrick. New Deal Resources in Indiana State Parks MPS
  5. ^ Ralston
  6. ^ DNR - State Parks & Reservoirs: History & Culture
  7. ^ a b "Indiana Recreation Guide 2010" (PDF). Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Brown County". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Chain O' Lakes". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Charlestown". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Clifty Falls". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Falls of the Ohio". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Fort Harrison". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Harmonie". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Indiana Dunes". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "Lincoln". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "McCormick's Creek". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mounds". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  19. ^ "O'Bannon Woods". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "Ouabache". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  21. ^ "Pokagon". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  22. ^ "Potato Creek". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  23. ^ "Prophetstown". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  24. ^ "Shades". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  25. ^ "Shakamak". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "Spring Mill". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  27. ^ "Summit Lake". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  28. ^ "Tippecanoe River". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  29. ^ "Turkey Run". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  30. ^ "Versailles". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  31. ^ "White River". White River State Park. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Whitewater Memorial". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

External links

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
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