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There are three shelter houses. Reservations are recommended. If a shelter house is not reserved for the day, it is available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Persimmon Ridge
  • Nature’s Way
  • Audubon House

In 1991, the task of naming the shelter houses was left to Harrison County. A contest was conducted for schoolchildren in our area which invited students to submit names for the shelters. Three names were selected and the winners received awards for a job well done.


  • Playground nearby
  • Restrooms nearby
  • Picnic tables inside and outside shelter
  • Grills also nearby
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*Any event held on Parks’ property for the purpose of sales or fundraising requires pre-approval by the Parks Board and must be submitted in advance for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Harrison County Parks Board. Contact the Harrison County Parks main office: 812.738.8236 or email melanie@harrisoncountyparks.com to learn more about a profit/fundraising event in a Harrison County Park area or facility,

  • If a shelter has been reserved in advance there will be a sign posted outside the shelter indicating that it is reserved.
  • Many guests use the shelter houses for annual events like family reunions. If you wish to reserve the same shelter house for the next year you will be given priority if you call the Parks Administrative Offices at 812-738-8236 within 7 days of your event. You must then call the office again after January 1 to make payment which will confirm the reservation.



Shelter Houses

Daily Rate

$55Nature's Way
$65Persimmon Ridge

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