Water woes close Brown County State Park through at least Sunday




The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge will be closed through at least Sunday.

The sediment level from last weekend’s heavy rainfall still remains too high in Ogle Lake to allow the production of potable water,” DNR said in a news release on Wednesday. “State Parks staff members are providing cancellation notices to guests with reservations for the campgrounds and for Abe Martin Lodge through Sunday evening. Closure beyond the weekend will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall.”   

DNR said staff members are working to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all the necessary uses across the property. 


Brown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge closed about 4 p.m. Monday and will remain closed Tuesday due to a lack of usable water, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said. 

Heavy rainfall over the last several days brought added soil into Ogle Lake and that caused problems with the park’s water treatment facility, said a news release from the department.

The department’s engineering staff and consultants who designed the water system are working on the issue.

It was not immediately known when the park and its inn will reopen. 

About 50 campers in the park and 16 more set to arrive on Monday night were being notified. The 84-room Abe Martin Lodge was at about 50 percent occupancy. All guests are going home, and guests expected Monday were contacted and alerted.

Updates will be posted on the state website.

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