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Verbatim: Most state parks, reservoirs open after storms

Statement issued Thursday morning:

Most of Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs are open and ready to enjoy despite recent storms, according to Dan Bortner, director of the Department of Natural Resources Division of Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

The beaches at Mississinewa Lake and Roush Lake have reopened after closures over Memorial Day weekend due to high water.

“A few of our properties will have facilities closed due to high water or storm damage. I am so proud of our staff and how they are responding to this situation. Our properties are open and ready for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and interpretive programs. Our inns are open as well,” Bortner said.

Storm-related closures are affecting only the seven properties listed below. There are no closures at any of the other 26 state parks and reservoirs at this time.

–Cagles Mill Lake: The campground, pool and other facilities are open. Boat ramps are flooded and limited parking is available. The beach is closed at Lieber SRA. For local updates, call (765)795-4576.

–Turkey Run State Park: Trails 2 and 11 are open but all other trails are closed as staff remove downed trees and debris. For local updates, call (765) 597-2635.

–Monroe Lake: The beach at Paynetown SRA is open, as is the lake and all other facilities. The beach at Fairfax SRA is currently closed. For local updates call (812) 837-9546.

–Shades State Park: The backpack/canoe campground is closed, as are trails 7 and 8, but all other facilities remain open. For local information, call (765) 597-2635.

–Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA): The main launching ramp in Raccoon SRA is open, but all other ramps are closed except for the Walker Ramp, and boats must be backed down to the water there. The beach in Raccoon SRA is closed. The campground is open, and shuttles are being provided to the boat rental docks. Fireworks originally scheduled for Saturday, July 3 have been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4. For the latest conditions, call (765) 344-1412.

–Salamonie Lake: The lake is open for boating. The beach is closed, but the campground and all other facilities remain open. Boaters should use caution on the lake and watch for floating debris. For the latest conditions, call (317) 468-2125.

–Versailles State Park: The Shadow Run loop of the mountain bike trail system is closed for repairs due to wet conditions. The rest of the mountain bike trail system remains open for riding. For the latest conditions, call (812) 689-6424.

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