Annual Entrance Permits for 2012 for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs are now available for online purchase.
Order an Annual Entrance Permit, which costs $36 for state residents, by going to InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available at the same website to those over age 65 for $18. Each permit allows entrance into any state park or reservoir for one vehicle with Indiana license plates throughout 2012.
Annual Entrance Permits are also available for purchase at state parks and reservoirs across Indiana.
For reservations at any of the state park inns, call 1.877.LODGES 1 (1.877.563.4371) or visit IndianaInns.com.
Last month the USA Today travel section wrote a feature entitled “51 scenic hikes” in which they asked an expert from each state to pick the “One great place to hike” in their state. Author Sally McKinney picked a hike along the lake in Indiana Dunes State Park.
Here is information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on your chance to join a special hike led by park naturalists:
Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services will be offering a special hiking tour Aug. 1 on one of the United States’ “51 greatest hikes,” as picked by USA Today’s Travel section.
This two-hour hike leaves the nature center at 9:30 a.m. and will explore the forested dunes, open grasslands and two park parabolic blowout dunes.
Last month, USA Today named the top 51 hikes, recommended by local experts. Each state had a hike represented for its best scenic or awe-inspiring trek. Indiana Dunes State Park was chosen as Indiana’s best hike.
Trail 9, through the Dunes Nature Preserve, allows visitors to, “enter black oak and maple forest and find dramatic dune country blowouts amid shifting sand hills,” says the article.
If you like to ski in Indiana, you might find the course a little more open in the upcoming season if the owners of the land follow through with their threats to log the popular recreation area.
It seems that the threat was made in a federal lawsuit filed by the owners of Paoli Peaks ski resort against the owners of the land they rent for the ski operation.
According to a story appearing in the Indianapolis Star, the owners of Paoli Peaks filed the suit after heirs of Charles Weeks threatened to clear-cut the land around the resort.
The story explains that Weeks signed a 100-year lease with Paoli peaks back in 1978 but now the heirs to his estate feel that the deal needs to be renegotiated. Apparently they are backing their position with bulldozers and chainsaws.
The deal was for a rent of $10,000 or 1.5 percent of the operating revenues. As the popularity of Hoosier skiing has grown, the Week’s family now receives about $50-60,000 per year in annual rent. The rent is currently paid in full.
This also isn’t the first legal battle between the two sides.
Assuming Paoli Peaks opens this year, before heading out the door make sure to pack your skis, poles, goggles, helmet, gloves- and flack jacket.
A new route that developers hope will be the “Appalachian Trail” of paddling was officially opened last week.
The Lake Michigan Water Trail was celebrated with ceremonies at Indiana Dune National Lakeshore. Paddling enthusiasts and Park System planners hope the trail, designated as a National Recreation trail, will eventually offer a 1600-circle loop of Lake Michigan.
The current open segment runs 75-miles from the Chicago lakefront to New Buffalo, Michigan.