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Visit DNR at the Indiana State Fair

The DNR’s Natural Resources Building is the place to be during the Indiana State Fair (Aug. 3-19).

Located in the northwest area of the fairgrounds, DNR’s building not only is one of the few with air conditioning but also houses the best information, wild animals, and fun.

Stop by the Fishin' Pond (open daily). Children ages 5-17 can fish for free every day of the fair.

See a snake or two, check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, and view live raptors at the amphitheater.

And don’t miss the popular Taste of the Wild cookout on Aug. 4, when you can sample fish, venison, and other delicacies.
While you are cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide and much more.

fair video

Check out this video on what you will see at the Indiana State Fair.


Save this summer at Indiana State Park Inns

Stay two nights and your second night is half off until Aug. 30. Sunday – Thursday only. New reservations only. Certain restrictions may apply.

Reserve by calling 1-877-LODGES1 or at

NRC approves two nature preserves 

The Natural Resources Commission has approved two nature preserves. The action increases to 287 the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act.

The two new nature preserves are Dewey Hickman Nature Preserve in Harrison County and Mary Gray Nature Preserve in Fayette County.



Bicycling mag praises Brown County SP mountain bike trails 

Bicycling Magazine’s website has named Brown County State Park among the “Top 6 Secret Mountain Bike Destinations in the U.S.”

Brown County’s trails are already well known in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. But the magazine’s online article, published July 12, helps introduce them to readers across North America.

Brown County State Park offers 35 miles of mountain bike trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. The park has previously been designated a Bronze-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bike Association.

For a more backcountry feel with log crossings and rocky obstacles, you can venture to neighboring Yellowwood State Forest.

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Spend Labor Day outdoors

Electric campsites are still available at several state park properties for Labor Day Weekend.


Online reserved hunt applications now available 

Hunters can apply online for a reserved hunt by visiting and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link.

The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

Hunters will be selected through a computerized, random drawing. Drawing results will be posted at within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted.


Get Outdoor Indiana deal at State Fair

Subscribe to Outdoor Indiana at the Mercantile in the Natural Resources Building, and we’ll hand you the July-August issue free while supplies last. Outdoor Indiana is the DNR’s official magazine and is published six times a year. With the free issue, which is only available at the State Fair, you get seven issues for the price of six. Subscriptions are $15 for one year, $28 for two years.