Healthy Parks Healthy People

Children's Outdoor Bill of RightsWe think that every Indiana child should have the opportunity to play and have fun outdoors. Check out our new Indiana Children's Bill of Outdoor Rights and start checking off the list of things to do with your child, grandchild, students or groups you lead.

Indiana State Parks feature many incredible natural resources from deep, rocky canyons to beautiful sandy beaches. These are priceless gems and it takes staff, expertise and funding to manage and protect them. We want to keep our parks and reservoirs healthy, too!

Get Healthy in Parks

Get moving outdoors on National Trails Day!

Take the SPR Fitness Challenge!
Take the 2017 Fitness Challenge.

Favorite Hikes of DNR Staff

Check out the runs, walks and triathlons held in Indiana state parks and reservoirs this year.


Biking Has Never Been Better at State Parks and Reservoirs
Mountain bike trails are available at several state parks and reservoirs around the state. Get out your helmet and take a ride through forests and meadows in some of Indiana’s most scenic places. Trails are now available at:

Get Moving!
Combine being outdoors with a little bit of exercise – and surprise yourself with how great it makes you feel!

Here are some ideas to help you get moving at Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.
Resources to Help You

Keeping Our Parks Healthy

State Parks and Reservoirs: By The Numbers
It takes a lot of products and people to keep our state parks and reservoirs running at full speed.

Here's a glimpse at some statistics for our system.

deerWhat makes each State Park & Reservoir unique?

Where can you find historic homes to visit at our properties? What properties have great wetlands for birding, or geologic formations to enjoy? Download a booklet called Discovering a Sense of Place, originally designed for teachers and students, that has lots of great information about the features and stories at each of our properties.

Healthy Habitats
Want to know more about why we eliminate some of the deer at our Indiana State Parks each year? Read our Deer Management Brochure. For additional information, take a look at our Resource Management Spotlight.

Healthy Wildlife
Raccoons are a part of our properties but campground feeding of these mammals is unhealthy for the park and for the raccoons. Read more about raccoons in state parks and reservoirs.

The Doctor is In: Why Prescribed Fire?
We manage prairies, fields and even sections of forest using carefully planned fire that is managed by trained professional staff. Learn more about how we use prescribed fire.