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UPDATE: Brown County SP closed through Thursday June 20
Start Date: 6/18/2019 All Day
Event Description:
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. 

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 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 ( is at 1450 S.R. 46 E in Nashville, 47448.
Contact Information:
Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: 317-232-4143
State calendar entry type:
Press Release
State calendar entry category:
Alerts and Notification
State calendar classification:
  • Residents
  • Visiting and Playing
  • Agency Name:
  • Natural Resources, Department of

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