Campground and lodge reopen today at Brown County State Park

Staff Writer

    The campgrounds, cabins and Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County State Park will reopen today, according to a news release. Modern restrooms and drinking fountains are open. The park’s public pool is expected to open at noon on its regular schedule. Abe Martin Lodge’s Little Gem restaurant will resume a normal schedule with lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m.
    “We have had a great team effort to analyze and resolve this challenge, despite the continued turbidity in Ogle Lake.” says Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks. “We know the impact this has had on campers, lodge guests and group functions over the last week, and we appreciate their great cooperation. We certainly look forward to welcoming all of our guests back into Brown County State Park this weekend.” 
    The horsemen’s campground is open, but horse trails are still being assessed for storm damage. Mountain bike trails remain closed and are being assessed as well. Some hiking trails remain closed due to flooding damage to boardwalks and staircases.
    Campsites and inn rooms are available for this weekend, and the inn’s aquatic center will be open. Visit or call 1-866-622-6746 for camping. Visit or call 1-877-LODGES1 for inn rooms. 
    Abe Martin Lodge, pools, modern restrooms and drinking fountains have been closed since June 17 due to the unprecedented amount of sediment that washed into Ogle Lake, along with torrential rains. Ogle Lake is the park’s water supply, and sediment impacted the filters in the water treatment facility. Limited day use was permitted beginning Monday, with no potable water supply. 
    A team of DNR and IDEM staff and consultants have worked around the clock to filter out the sediment and produce enough potable water to reopen the lodge and campground. Two mobile, pre-treatment units continue to filter the water before it reaches the park’s treatment plant. Water production capacity has returned to normal and all required potable water tests have been completed successfully. 
    Park admission is $7 per vehicle for in-state residents, and $9 per vehicle for out-of-state residents.