Maple Syrup Season

We hoped we wouldn’t have to make this post, but sadly mother nature had different plans for our maple syrup season this year. We believe due to a combination of an El Nino winter and the drought we’ve had our trees are not producing sap. There’s a lot of different factors in play and this is a problem that is happening not just here but all over. We sadly have not been able to collect enough sap to get our big boiling system going. We have syrup for our pancake breakfast and have a little in our reserves that we will be able to bottle during the breakfast, however, after this weekend we will have to call it quits to this year’s maple syrup season. For those attending our pancake breakfast at Prairie Creek we will have a handful of bottles that will be available for purchase, cash only. However, that will be the only syrup we will have for sale this year. We do apologize and wish mother nature cooperated better this year!

2024 Camping Season

Campground reservations are now live for our 2024 camping season! Beginning this year, we have some exciting changes in the parks. The first change is due to popular demand, we have added more direct water hook- up sites to Fowler Park. All of the Riverbirch loop will now have both electric and direct water hook-up for your convenience. We also have expanded the dates for camping this year to keep our campgrounds open for longer. We hope this will allow you to enjoy camping well into the fall and to enjoy some of our Halloween festivities at Fowler Park. Last, starting this year all of our campgrounds will now be card only and will require a reservation and check-in. Check-in can be done online or can be done at the gatehouse at Fowler Park or Hawthorn Park after 2 p.m. You can make your reservation on our website today!

Maple Tree tapping

Yesterday was the day! We tapped our Maple trees at Prairie Creek Park to start collecting sap. Keep an eye on our social media and website for us to share when we will be boiling sap to make our maple syrup!

We’re Hiring!

We are currently looking for a Hawthorn Park Caretaker!
Requirements for the position include:
– Establishing legal residence in Caretaker home
– Being present 24 hours/day in absence of full-time staff
– Maintaining park in absence of full-time staff
– Other duties as required
– Referrals encouraged

Benefits for this position include:
– Housing with utilities included

To apply, visit! We hope to hear from you soon!

Maple Syrup Guessing Contest

The start of 2024 means our maple syrup season is quickly approaching! We will be doing a maple syrup guessing competition again this year and the winner will receive a free quart sized bottle of fresh Indiana maple syrup right from our own Prairie Creek park! All guesses need to be submitted to and guesses should be in gallons. The last day for submissions is January 31st! Good luck!

2024 Christmas Tree Drop off

We will be doing live Christmas Tree Recycling once again this year! After the holidays, bring your tree to Fowler Park or Hawthorn Park to the designated drop off location. Fowler Park’s drop off will be in the Beach Parking Lot and Hawthorn Park’s drop off will be in the first parking lot when you come in to the left. Please be sure to remove all of your lights and decorations.
Additionally- if you are in need of some trees for animal food, habitat or fish habitat please contact our office at 812-462-3392 to get some trees!


We have had many inquiries about cutting firewood to use this winter now that it is getting cold. We have trees that have been logged and drug up near the road at Mill Dam that are available. For those who are interested in coming to cut firewood from these trees MUST contact our office about obtaining a waiver to do so. Cutting firewood is ONLY allowed at Mill Dam and not at any of our other parks.
You can call us at 812-462-3392 or email our office manager at

Eclipse Camping

Reservations are now open for our Eclipse camping! Spots are going, so be sure to make your reservation soon. For more information on Eclipse events and to make your reservation:  Click Here


Christmas Tree Trail


This year, during our annual Christmas Walk on December 1st and 2nd we will be having our first Christmas Tree trail in the Fowler Park Pioneer Village log barn. We are looking for organizations to adopt a Christmas tree to decorate. Your tree will be displayed at the Christmas Walk with a sign dedicated to your organization. If your organization is interested in adopting a Christmas tree please contact the office at 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at!

Fowler Park After Dark

Be afraid, be very afraid, and join us for the fourth annual Fowler Park After Dark! On Saturday, October 28th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the VCPRD will be offering a haunted Halloween tour through Fowler Park Pioneer Village! Participants will meet at the Fowler Park Log Barn and will be guided through the village if they dare! Ghosts and ghouls lurk around every corner!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for this event, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at! Happy haunting!

NOTE: Tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in the barn parking lot. Auxiliary parking is available in the beach parking lot.  The registration fee for this event is $5 and can be paid upon arrival!  Hot chocolate, apple cider, and limited concessions will be available for purchase. This is a haunted event and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Thanks in advance!

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