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Interlake State Recreation Area

Interlake property

200 E. State Road 68
Lynnville, IN
(812) 922-0002 (Office)

  • Description

    Effective July 1, 2017. Children under 18 will now be required to wear helmets in side-by-side ORVs and UTVs. This is a new law and a change to the previous operation of the property. Interlake SRA does not have helmets for sale or loan, so please plan accordingly for minors.


    Trails are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Trails may be closed due to hazardous conditions. Please call (812) 922-0002 for current trail information.

    Entrance fees

    Entrance Type Fee Comment
    Motorized (Off-Road) Trail Use
    Daily ORV Trail Use $15 Per ORV; includes entrance to property (beginning March 1, 2017)
    Annual ORV Trail Use Permit $95 Per ORV; unlimited trail use
    Out-of-State ORV Trail Use Permit $20 Per ORV; for non-registered out-of-state ORVs only
    In-State Daily $7 Per vehicle
    Out-of-State Daily $9 Per vehicle
    Entering as pedestrian, bicycle or horseback $2 Per person
    Daily Horse Permit $5 Per horse, required
    Annual Horse Tag $20 Per horse, required
    Annual (Park) Entrance Permit $50 Per vehicle; Accepted at Interlake & Redbird SRAs
    Non-Resident Annual Permit $70 Per vehicle
    Golden Hoosier Permit $25 Persons at least 65 years or resident eligible for Social Security disability payments under 42 U.S. C. 401 (proof of eligibility must be presented at time of purchase and disabled individual must be present in the vehicle at time of use). Indiana residents who qualify for a DAV1 or DAV2 license plate regardless of age, and who present a completed form 32584

    NOTE: Visitors with multiple ORVs may use a combination of an annual motorized trail use permit(s) and payment. For example, a group of four ORVs could present one annual permit and pay $45 for the remaining ORVs.Fees are subject to change.

    All Indiana off-road vehicles (ORVs) must be registered or street legal (licensed). How to register your ORV. Out-of-state ORVs may purchase an annual out-of-state trail use permit at the property gate which allows use of Interlake and Redbird trails (driving on county roads is not permitted).


    Interlake State Recreation Area (ISRA), former coal mine land straddling Pike and Warrick counties, is a multi-use recreational facility focusing on off-road vehicle (ORV) recreation. Interlake is approximately 3,550 acres with nearly 100 miles of trails and 17 lakes (many of which can be accessed for fishing). The three areas of mining and reclamation create a variety of trail experiences for ORV enthusiasts, horse riders, hikers and mountain bikers. From steep spoil banks to rolling grasslands, man-made lakes and strip pits, Interlake offers a diverse array of topography and scenic views.

    For more information about Indiana’s off-roading opportunities, visit Redbird State Recreation Area.

    Master Plan Executive Summary

  • Activities

    Much of Interlake is devoted to motorized OHV and equestrian trail use. Mountain biking is also allowed. Approximately 100 miles of trails can be found within Interlake’s boundaries. Trails range from beginner to experienced, with multiple miles of each skill level. All types of OHVs are allowed, 4x4, ATV, UTV, dirt bike, and home-built. All trails are designed for a minimum of two user types. For example, dirt bikes and horses share trails, as do, 4x4s and ATVs. The middle of the property has several wide easy trails with good visibility – these trails can be used by anyone.

    Trails are not the only recreation available at Interlake. Fishing, hiking, mushrooming, berry picking, non-motorized or electric motor boating, dog training and more are allowed. Additionally, Interlake is open for hunting and trapping according to State regulations as published in the Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide. Trapping will be by permit only (contact Assistant Manager Jude Hays for more information).


    2018 special events at Interlake SRA​

    • TBA: Nov. 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): Toys For Tots Event. Those who bring a toy for donation will have their gate entrance waived, a $15 value.

    If you are interested in having a special event at Interlake, contact Carman Jackson.

  • Property rules

    All DNR property rules and Indiana off road vehicle (ORV) rules apply, for a complete list of rules and regulations contact Carman Jackson at cjackson@dnr.in.gov or (812) 562‐0103.

    • Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset.
    • Stay on existing trails.
    • All horses must have a current bridle tag.
    • No camping.
    • No open fires.
    • Follow carry in/carry out trash policy.
    • Due to ongoing trail and reclamation projects, trails or areas of Interlake may be closed. For safety, stay out of posted project areas.

    In addition, the following motorized trail‐use rules and regulations apply.

    • All vehicles must be registered or licensed (street legal) according to Indiana law. Please make certain you are complying with Indiana’s legal definition of ORV registration.
    • Non-registered out-of-state ORVs may purchase an annual Out-of-State Trail Use permit. This allows the ORV to be used on the Interlake and Redbird trails; but, not on county roads.
    • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the property. All vehicles are subject to search.
    • The operator of a vehicle, SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)*, or vehicle other than a dirt bike, all terrain vehicle (ATV), or utility vehicle (UTV), must be at least sixteen (16) years old and possess a valid driver’s license.
    • The operator of a dirt bike, ATV or UTV under the age of 16 must be directly supervised at all times by a parent or legal guardian.
    • DOT‐ approved safety helmets are required at all times except in vehicles with fully enclosed metal cab or roll bar protection. Helmets must be worn while vehicles are in operation.
    • Effective July 1, 2017. Children under 18 must now wear helmets in side-by-side ORVs and UTVs. (HEA 1200)
    • Seatbelts are required to be used by all vehicle operators and occupants, except ATV and dirt bike, and overhead/roll bar protection is required for all occupants in the vehicle, SUV.*
    • Passengers are not allowed on ATV's or dirt bikes, except those designed by the manufacturer for two up riding.
    • All off‐road vehicles must have functioning spark arrestors and mufflers. No tire chains or studded tires.
    • Vehicles may only be operated in designated areas and must stay on marked trails.
    • Entry onto property is authorized only during posted hours of operation – sunrise to sunset.

    *SUV indicates a Jeep, pick‐up, Hummer, dune buggy and other licensed or street legal vehicles. Violations of these rules will be cause for law enforcement action and may include ejection from the property in addition to any associated fines or penalties.

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