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UPDATE: Brown County SP activities relocated to Brown County Visitor Center as state park remains closed
Start Date: 6/20/2019 All Day
Event Description:
Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge remain closed through at least Sunday, June 23.

Several free programs scheduled by the park’s interpretive services have been relocated to the Brown County Visitor Center at 211 S. Van Buren Street in Nashville, IN, including Indiana reptiles on display on Friday and Saturday, an Arts in the Parks sketching program and a live raptor program on Saturday. See the full schedule of activities and program times at http://bit.ly/2Y2jk2j.

The sediment level from last weekend’s heavy rainfall still remains too high in Ogle Lake to allow the production of potable water. State Parks staff members have provided cancellation notices to guests with reservations for the campgrounds and for Abe Martin Lodge through Sunday evening.

Park staff continue to work with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all needed uses across the property.

Closure beyond the weekend will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall. 

June 19, 2019

UPDATE: Brown County SP closed through the weekend


 
Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge will be closed through Sunday, June 23. The sediment level from last weekend’s heavy rainfall still remains too high in Ogle Lake to allow the production of potable water. State Parks staff members are providing cancellation notices to guests with reservations for the campgrounds and for Abe Martin Lodge through Sunday evening. Closure beyond the weekend will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall.   

Park staff continue to work with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all needed uses across the property. 

Brown County State Park has 612 campsites between the modern campground and the horsemen’s campground. Scheduled occupancy for the weekend was at approximately 41%. Campers with reservations are being offered the opportunity to move their reservations to any other DNR campgrounds that have availability, like nearby Monroe Lake and McCormick’s Creek State Park. Refunds are available for those who do not want to relocate to another property.

Abe Martin Lodge has 172 rooms and cabins, and scheduled occupancy was at 100% for this weekend. Guests at Abe Martin Lodge are being offered rooms at other state park inns where availability exists; refunds or rescheduling are options as well. Inn staff are also working closely with group functions planned at the lodge, and most have been rescheduled to other state park inns. 

Staff continue to handle routine upkeep and maintenance throughout the park and inn in addition to ongoing work on the water system. 

The park staff received a supply of drinking water from the Civilian Crisis Response Team today, and greatly appreciates the thoughtful donation.  

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June 18, 2019

UPDATE: Brown County SP closed through Thursday, June 20



Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge will be closed through Thursday, June 20. There is still too much sediment from last weekend’s heavy rainfall coming into the system to allow the production of potable water. State Parks staff members are contacting guests with reservations through Thursday evening in the campground and at the Abe Martin Lodge with cancellation notices. With additional heavy rainfall predicted, closure beyond Thursday is still a day by day decision. 

Staff members are working in partnership with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all needed uses across the park. 
 
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June 17, 2019
  
Brown County SP closed due to water issues

 
Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge closed to the public at about 4 p.m. today due to a lack of usable water supply caused by the heavy rainfall over the last several days. 

The park will remain closed to the public tomorrow. The decision about closure beyond tomorrow is day-to-day.
The park’s water source is Ogle Lake, which is within park boundaries. Water is drawn from the lake and is treated through the park’s in-house facility. 

The significantly larger-than-normal quantities of water coming into the lake has brought soil with it, increasing the water’s turbidity. The high turbidity prevents the system from reducing it for treatment quickly enough at the intake site. This has resulted in an insufficient quantity of water to supply park facilities. 

The DNR Engineering staff and consultants who designed the system are on site working on the issue. 

All campers who were in the park, about 50, are being notified, and the 16 campers who were scheduled to come in tonight as well as those scheduled for tomorrow night have been notified. 

Abe Martin, the state park’s inn, was at about 50 percent occupancy. All guests are going home, and guests expected today were contacted and alerted.
 
Updates will be posted at stateparks.IN.gov/7881.htm and on social media. If additional camper or inn guest cancellations are required, those guests will be notified directly by park staff or through the central reservation system. 

Brown County State Park (on.IN.gov/browncountysp) is at 1450 S.R. 46 E in Nashville, 47448.
 
Contact Information:
Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: 317-232-4143
Email: gmurphy@dnr.IN.gov
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