DNR State Recreation Areas Beginning to Re-open After Heavy Flood Damage

Just in time for Labor Day weekend, most beaches, boat ramps, campsites, shelters and cabins have re-opened at state recreation areas affected by flooding earlier this summer. DNR operates state recreation areas on the shores of Mississinewa, Salamonie, Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon), Cagles Mill (Lieber), Monroe, Patoka and Brookville lakes. State recreation areas at Mississinewa, Salamonie, Cecil M. Harden and Patoka lakes and a state fish & wildlife area at J.E. Roush Lake in Huntington were hit especially hard by record rains in June and July. Flooding resulted in the closure of campgrounds, boat ramps and many other facilities. While most facilities have re-opened, the beach at Newton-Stewart SRA on Patoka Lake remains closed. Labor Day weekend this year is Sept. 5-7. Campsites are still available at Deam Lake State Recreation Area, Lincoln and O’Bannon Woods state parks and Salamonie Lake. All remaining sites are non-electric, primitive or equestrian only.

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