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Welcome Back Weekend At State Parks & Reservoirs May 3-5
Updated May 5, 2013 1:12 AM
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(UNDATED) - Celebrate spring at Indiana's 24 state parks and eight reservoirs during Welcome Back Weekend, May 3-5, which features special outdoor recreational events and hands-on programs.

"We roll out the red carpet to old friends and people who've never visited or haven't visited recently," said Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship for the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. "This weekend is an invitation to get outside, shake out the tent or set up the camper."

Welcome Back Weekend events include:

- Morel Mushroom Festival at Brown County State Park
- A "Hound Hike" at Shakamak State Park
- Geocaching and evening music at Harmonie State Park
- Girl and Boy Scout Badge Day at Monroe Lake
- Outdoor cooking workshop at Ouabache State Park
- A look back at construction of the dams and reservoirs at Salamonie and Mississinewa Lakes

For a complete list and details, see

Even veteran visitors will notice something new or updated at most properties. You'll find a new aquatic center at Prophetstown State Park, the opening of the McGee Cabin at Falls of the Ohio State Park to interpret African-American history, and trail improvements at O'Bannon State Park and other properties. More is listed at

"Our properties are inexpensive places to relax, play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors," said Dan Bortner, State Parks & Reservoirs director."

All fees will be in effect during Welcome Back Weekend. Gate fees for most properties are $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle.

An Annual Entrance Pass, which can be purchased at each property at the gate, costs $40 for a state resident and $20 for state residents ages 65 and older. Special SPR Go! Value Packages that include Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at An out-of-state pass costs $60.

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