Indiana Campground Closed Due To Flooding Risk

Hoosier National Forest

An emergency closure of the Springs Valley Campground, part of the Hoosier National Forest in Orange County, Ind., was implemented at the beginning of May 2017 due to safety concerns from recent flooding.

According to WBIW, the unpredictable and recurring nature of this flooding has prompted an extension to the temporary closure issued in May. Effective Oct. 5, the Springs Valley Campground remains closed for the next 120 days until a permanent closure takes effect for this flood-prone area.

Camping and having fires in this area are prohibited. The vault restroom facilities and boat ramp at Springs Valley Recreation Area will remain open for public use.

Springs Valley Lake, also known as Tucker Lake, annually floods this campground and washes large debris into the area. In previous years, U.S. Forest Service employees have worked to clear this debris and keep the campground open. However, since this camping area is in a flood plain, increasing safety concerns due to large amounts of debris and precipitation have led to the current emergency closure and plans for a permanent closure.

Safety concerns for the campground area involve both potential damage to camping equipment and personal injury to people from flood waters and debris.

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