Healthy Parks Healthy People
We think that every Indiana child should have the opportunity to play and have fun outdoors. Check out our new Indiana Children's Bill of Outdoor Rights and start checking off the list of things to do with your child, grandchild, students or groups you lead.
Indiana State Parks feature many incredible natural resources from deep, rocky canyons to beautiful sandy beaches. These are priceless gems and it takes staff, expertise and funding to manage and protect them. We want to keep our parks and reservoirs healthy, too!
Get Healthy in Parks
Get moving outdoors on National Trails Day!
Take the SPR Fitness Challenge!
Take the 2017 Fitness Challenge.
Biking Has Never Been Better at State Parks and Reservoirs
Mountain bike trails are available at several state parks and reservoirs around the state. Get out your helmet and take a ride through forests and meadows in some of Indiana’s most scenic places. Trails are now available at:
- Brown County State Park
- Fort Harrison State Park
- Harmonie State Park
- O'Bannon Woods State Park
- Potato Creek State Park
- Salamonie Lake
- Spring Mill State Park
- Versailles State Park
Combine being outdoors with a little bit of exercise – and surprise yourself with how great it makes you feel!
- InShape: Eat Better, Move More
- Children In Nature: Get Outside with Your Family!
- Children, Nature and You
- No Child Left Inside
- Stop Smoking
Keeping Our Parks Healthy
State Parks and Reservoirs: By The Numbers
It takes a lot of products and people to keep our state parks and reservoirs running at full speed.
- We maintain approximately 2,080 buildings.
- State Park Inns with 612 rooms, are the 4th large state park inn system in the country.
- We have more than 560 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that wind through forests, cross meadows and skirt marshes teeming with wildlife.
- Reservoir properties offer approximately 69 thousand acres of public hunting land.
- The Division of State Parks and Reservoirs has over 39,000 acres of lakes, accessed by 75 boat ramps and 17 marinas.
- The Division of State Parks and Reservoirs has 7,452 campsites and 131 cabins.
- The Division of State Parks and Reservoirs has approximately 17,000 picnic tables, 174 picnic shelters and 163 playgrounds.
- Reservoir properties maintain over 350 wood duck nesting boxes.
- The Division of State Parks and Reservoirs manages 13 year-round Nature Centers and eight seasonal centers. These centers are visited by a half-million people each year. Educational and entertaining programs are attended by a quarter of a million students, teachers and families.
- Approximately 15 million visitors use the 178,330 acres managed by the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs each year.
What makes each State Park & Reservoir unique?
Where can you find historic homes to visit at our properties? What properties have great wetlands for birding, or geologic formations to enjoy? Download a booklet called Discovering a Sense of Place, originally designed for teachers and students, that has lots of great information about the features and stories at each of our properties.
Want to know more about why we eliminate some of the deer at our Indiana State Parks each year? Read our Deer Management Brochure. For additional information, take a look at our Resource Management Spotlight.
Raccoons are a part of our properties but campground feeding of these mammals is unhealthy for the park and for the raccoons. Read more about raccoons in state parks and reservoirs.
The Doctor is In: Why Prescribed Fire?
We manage prairies, fields and even sections of forest using carefully planned fire that is managed by trained professional staff. Learn more about how we use prescribed fire.