Splash around on your next day trip from Indianapolis in the 461-acre lake at Sullivan County Park. Whether it’s fishing, boating or even jet skiing, this Indiana park is loaded full of fun and educational adventures for the whole family. Camping, picnicking and grilling are other family activities at this park in Sullivan, Indiana.
The park was originally constructed for flood control and nature conservation in 1968. The Wabash River and Illinois border outline Sullivan County in southwestern Indiana. Sullivan County Park and Lake is located only 100 miles from Indianapolis. I-70 is a good route to take on this day trip from the Circle City, then take U.S. 41 south to Sullivan. On the way to this Indiana attraction, make a pit-stop in Terre Haute, Indiana and visit the Clabber Girl Museum.
Special events are hosted at Sullivan County Park and Lake, including movie screenings, flea markets and live entertainment. Annual holiday events attract big crowds, especially the Fourth of July fireworks display. Camping season is busy at Sullivan County Park and Lake. All 451 campsites are equipped with electricity hookups, and upgrades are available to visitors wanting a cabin. Some cabins even have heating and air conditioning, a port-o-potty and a full kitchen. Large families can lodge in the park’s three bedroom mobile home, which is completely furnished and has a screened in porch.
Indianapolis kids love to visit the large lake on the grounds, great for swimming and outdoor summer fun. About 460 acres of land make up the Sullivan County Park and Lake, and even more acres make up the lake itself. Hunting, horseshoe pitching, softball and basketball are other popular activities in the park.
Indiana history buffs appreciate the park’s memorials devoted to mining disasters. Coal mining makes up a large part of the workforce in Sullivan County. Reminders of tragic mining accidents are on display at Sullivan County Park and Lake. As visitors approach the park office from the front entrance, a few monuments may be seen on the right side of the road. One is a coal car devoted to honoring the coal industry and many miners who lost their lives. Nearby, a three sided statue commemorates the loss of almost 100 coal miners. Three disasters took place in the area in the 1900s, and the worst one was the City Mining Company underground explosion in 1925. The next explosion occurred in 1931, and the third was in 1937.
Although coal mining is still a very active Indiana business, most of today’s mining efforts are from the surface. In the last century, surface mining has become the standard in the industry, and the job is much more safe for workers. That’s why a fourth plaque will likely never be added to the monuments.
A day trip from the Indy could extend into a weekend getaway at Sullivan County Park and Lake. A leisurely day at the park’s nine-hole golf course is a wonderful way to escape from the hectic downtown Indianapolis work week.
Sullivan County Park and Lake
990 Picnic Road
Sullivan, Indiana 47882