(LINTON) – The rain has caused some delays to work at Redbird State Park in Linton.
The park is currently getting some much-needed trail improvements, but because of the flooding and wet areas, some of the work has been pushed back.
Crews hope to meet the estimated deadline of early summer if the rain breaks.
Major upgrades and overhauls include new trails, major trail repair and reroute, and paved access from County Road 350 North to Whitetail Shelter.
Because of the paving project, Redbird will be closed to the public from spring to early fall of 2019. The goal is to complete the project in one phase, which helps reduce total cost and keeps trail closures to a minimum.
While Redbird is closed, property staff will add approximately 5 miles of a new dirt bike trail, reroute trails 0 and 3 to avoid conflict with traffic on the new pavement, and rebuild multiple trails that sustained damage during the wet 2018 season. Staff will also add amenities such as trail-side rest areas at scenic vistas. Other plans include increasing signage and adding new trail designations to help visitors better navigate the property and avoid areas beyond their skill level.
While Redbird is being worked on, ORV enthusiasts may want to explore the DNR’s other ORV riding property, Interlake SRA, just over an hour south, near Lynnville. Interlake offers 3,500 acres and more than 100 miles of ORV trails.