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Flooding Closes Ouabache State Park, Other DNR Properties Affected

Flooding of the Wabash River has closed Ouabache State Park until further notice.

Customers with upcoming camping or shelter reservations at the state park in Bluffton will be notified of the closure by phone, and their reservations will be automatically canceled. Customers do not need to take any action unless they want to make a new reservation at another property. That can be done at <; anytime or at 1-866-622-6746, Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Bison Bash and 5K Run that were scheduled for this weekend at Ouabache are canceled.

At Salamonie Lake, the swimming beach, all boat ramps, horse trails and all youth tent areas are closed. Roughly half of the campsites are underwater or without electricity. Water is rising. Affected customers will be left a phone message with a number to call to transfer to an open site or cancel.

Mississinewa Lake is full of floating debris, making boating treacherous. The following areas are closed: campground mooring area and fishing pier, youth tent camping area and fishing pier, swimming area and beach, Francis Slocum and Pearson’s Mill boat ramps. The Miami State Recreation Area campground is open, but the campsites are extremely wet with standing water. Tent camping is not advised, and RV camping is limited.

Some areas of Mississinewa and Salamonie Lakes remain open; however, visitors must use extreme caution and not attempt to drive on roads covered by standing water.

A number of DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas have closed some of their facilities and access.

At J.E. Roush FWA, all boat ramps and the shooting range are closed, and boating is prohibited.

At LaSalle FWA, the “3 Road,” which goes to Black Oak Boat Ramp, and the old campground road are closed. State Line Road and its boat ramp are also closed.

At Kankakee FWA, Ten Mile Road and South Yellow River Road are closed.

At Willow Slough FWA, Patrol Road is closed.