Four federally-owned recreational properties in Indiana are closed by the government shutdown.
The George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, the Indiana Dunes in northwest Indiana, and the Muscatatuck and Big Oaks Wildlife Refuges in southern Indiana are closed until Congress approves a spending bill.
The Hoosier National Forest is also federally owned, but Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says the 200-thousand-acre forest is “generally a walk-in type of place” and can‘t easily be closed.
Bloom says a handful of callers have mistakenly believed the shutdown affects state parks. The 24 state parks and eight reservoirs are all open, though Bloom says a prolonged shutdown could cut into their federal funding support.