State Parks and Reservoirs Returning to Normal After June Storms
Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs are open and ready for use, according to Dan Bortner, director of the Department of Natural Resources Division of Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs. “All of our properties are open with only a few facilities closed due to high water or storm damage,” Bortner said.
Harmonie State Park, located in South west Indiana, has water over the main park road from the Wabash River. The campground and most hiking trails will be closed this week but the pool and picnic areas are open for use. If water levels drop as expected, the campground and all other facilities may reopen on Friday.
Monroe Lake still has “Lots of water where it’s not supposed to be,” Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship for State Parks and Reservoirs, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, said. “The water is approximately 15 feet above its normal summer levels. All beaches are currently closed. Some campsites and boat ramps are closed. Some roads are flooded and impassable.”
Cagles Mill Lake, best known for its Lieber State Recreation Area, has the highest water level in its history. The lake is 52.3 feet above normal summer levels. The previous record was 50.9 feet above normal summer levels. The beach and marina are closed, but the campground, pool and other recreation facilities are open.
The beach at Patoka Lake and the beach at Raccoon SRA on Cecil M. Harden Lake both remain closed, but their campgrounds and all other facilities are open.
All other state park and reservoir campgrounds, inns, cabins, hiking trails and other facilities are open.
Fortunately, only 492 cabin, campground and other reservations at state parks were canceled because of flood or flood-related issues. Much of it due to the power outage at Turkey Run.
Camping, cabin and shelter reservation revenue losses as a result of the storms and high water now total an estimated $37,000. State park officials place preliminary damage estimates of more than $1 million dollars. That amount is likely to increase as water levels drop at Monroe, Lieber and other locations and accurate assessments of damage become possible.