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[DNR] Charlestown State Park's Rose Island closed for improvements
Start Date: 12/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
Rose Island, the site of an early 20th century amusement park and picnic grounds that is now a part of Charlestown State Park, is closed effective immediately for historic preservation work and the installation of interpretive exhibits.

The site will re-open in early August 2014.

Regularly scheduled Rose Island hikes are postponed until the site is reopened.

The protection of Rose Island and its restoration began with its inclusion in the Fourteenmile Creek Nature Preserve. Access to the site was provided in 2011 with the installation of the restored Portersville bridge across Fourteenmile Creek. Work has continued with the evaluation of historic resources and the development of exhibits and signs.

Rose Island was a popular getaway for Louisville and southern Indiana vacationers, who would arrive by steamboat or car, stay in the hotel or cabins, relax at the pool and socialize at the dance hall.

The interpretive exhibits will feature personal memories of Rose Island, old photographs, and information about the natural features that make the site significant after forest reclaimed the island.

A grand opening celebration will be in fall 2014.

Funding for this project is through a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant, sponsored by the Clark’s Grant Historical Society, and the State's Charlestown State Park Development Fund.

Charlestown State Park ( is at 12500 State Road 62 in Charlestown, 47111
Contact Information:
Name: Lucas Green
Phone: (812) 256-5600
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Business & Agriculture
  • Visiting & Playing
  • Agency Name
    Natural Resources, Indiana Department of

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