Interlake SRA advisories
- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
- Due to weather-related problems such as mud, water, rutting, and hidden obstacles, we do not consider any off-road trail at Interlake to be easy/beginner/green at this time. We recommend true off-road tires, winches, and to travel in a group with recovery capability. The DNR does not provide recovery services at the property.
- Children under 18 are required to wear helmets in side-by-side ORVs and UTVs. Interlake SRA does not have helmets for sale or loan.
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.
- Activities & events
- Off-road vehicle recreation – All vehicle types welcome.
- Full-size vehicles (Jeeps, trucks, etc.)
- Dirt bike
- ATV (four wheeler, quad)
- UTV (side by side)
- Home built
- Mushroom hunting
- Trapping (permit required)
- Dog training
- Horseback riding
- Non-motorized or electric boating
- Mountain biking
Events - 2020
- April 21-22 - Lyrid Meteor Shower. The event begins at 6 p.m. on April 21 and ends on April 22 at sunset. Trails will remain open through the night, and locations will be set up on property for meteor shower viewing. All normal property fees apply.
- May 3 - Visit Indiana State Properties Sunday. Free Admission.
- Aug. 11-13 - Perseid Meteor Shower. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 and ends on Aug. 13 at sunset. Trails will remain open through these nights, and locations will be set up on property for meteor shower viewing. All normal property fees apply.
- Sept. 26 - National Public Lands Weekend. Free admission on Sunday, Sept. 27.
- Nov. 11 - Veterans Day. Free admission for veterans and active-duty military personnel.
- Nov. 27 - #OptOutside Day. Free admission.
- Off-road vehicle recreation – All vehicle types welcome.
- Fees & hours
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 Type Fee Comment Motorized (Off-Road) Trail Use Daily ORV Trail Use $15 Per ORV; includes entrance to property 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 Non-Motorized 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).
- Property rules
- 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.
- Everyone who enters the Interlake State Recreation Area must pay at gatehouse.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the property. All vehicles are subject to search.
- Visitors must comply with all DNR property rules and Indiana off-road vehicle laws.
- 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. The valid daily receipt must be in the vehicle operator’s possession at all times.
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