governor dedicate new marina
at Charlestown State Park
to provide boaters access to the Ohio River
(July 2007) Darrell Adams has been a resident
of Charlestown, Ind., for 57 years. At least three to four times a week
he goes hiking or walking in Charlestown State Park, located on Hwy
by Konnie McCollum
Gov. Mitch Daniels on June 26
helps Indiana Department of
Natural Resources officials dedicate
the new Ohio River marina.
When his grandchildren are visiting, he loves to take
them on the scenic trails of the park. The Adams family is excited about
the new boat ramp and landing area, which they believe will bring even
more visitors to the beautiful state park and add to the recreational
Adams and his grandchildren were among numerous residents, park visitors
and dignitaries on hand for the June 26 dedication ceremony at the new
Charlestown Landing Boat Ramp and Overlook at Charlestown State Park.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Jr. gave the keynote address during the event,
which included a plaque unveiling.
Other officials to speak during the festivities included Indiana Department
of Natural Resources Director Robert E. Carter Jr., Indiana Division
of Fish and Wildlife Director Glen Salmon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Branch
Chief Abbey Kucera, Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs Director Daniel
W. Bortner and Charlestown State Park Property Manager Larry Gray.
The landing cost $2.8 million. It consists of a 75-foot-wide boat ramp,
two observation decks, more than 100 parking spaces and a paved road
to the ramp. About $2 million of the funds came from the state, while
a U.S. Fish and Wildlife grant provided $750,000. MAC, a New Albany,
Ind.-based company, is building the landing.
We are committed to maximizing opportunities for people of all
ages to enjoy our natural surroundings, said Daniels during the
ceremony. Our economy benefits directly when we make natural resources
available to the community.
Salmon said the boat landing affords area boaters access to 60 river
miles, 30 in both directions, which have been inaccessible for 60 years.
Until now, there have been no Indiana public access sites from Clarksville,
Ind., to Madison, Ind.
During World War II, the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant was built between
Charlestown and the river, cutting off public access. In 1995, however,
the state began developing the park on land occupied by the closed plant.
Charlestown State Park was opened in October 1996. It began with 2,339
acres and has since added 2,761 from the decommissioned depot. A popular
fishing spot, Fourteen Mile Creek, flows through the center of the park.
Several trails run through the park and showcase the areas cliffs,
wetlands and creeks.
In addition to hiking, fishing and camping, there are picnic areas with
restroom facilities, playground equipment, shelters and playfields.
Erica Adams, 13, and Amber Howard, 16, were with their grandfather at
the ceremony. Its cool, said Erica. Now there
is even more to do here.
Amber agreed, and said she is looking forward to coming back to camp
at the park.
Although use of the boat ramp is free and open to the public, there
is a gate fee charged to all vehicles entering the park itself. The
Monday-Thursday rate for in-state vehicles is $4 per day, $5 Friday-Sunday
and holidays. Cost for out-of-state vehicles is higher.
For more information about Charlestown State
Park or Charlestown Boat Ramp and Overlook, call (812) 256-5600 or visit:
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