Indiana Governor presides over groundbreaking at Lodge at Potato Creek

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On Thursday, Governor Holcomb joined the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to break ground on the Lodge at Potato Creek, Indiana’s first state park lodge erected since 1939.

The lodge, the seventh in the Indiana State Parks Inns series, will be located on the gorgeous south bank of Worster Lake in Potato Creek State Park in St. Joseph County, near North Liberty. North Liberty is roughly 60 miles north of Jasper County’s northern border and 80 miles north of Rensselaer.

The lodge’s preliminary design includes 120 guest rooms, a 150-seat full-service dining room, a conference centre with three break-out rooms and a capacity of 350 guests, an indoor aquatic centre, a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for small gatherings, a mini-nature room for programmes and exhibits, a café, a gift shop, and access to the lake and other park features.

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The lodge will serve as a platform for guests to enjoy four seasons of outdoor leisure, including bike riding and boating in the summer, ice fishing and hiking in the winter, and witnessing spring wildflowers, migratory birds, and fall colours in the woodlands and grasslands.

Funding for the Lodge at Potato Creek

The state budget included $100 million in funding for the lodge’s development early this year. The Indiana Inns Authority, a legislatively formed, quasi-governmental corporation that is a functional member of the DNR Division of State Parks, will run the lodge.

“There’s a reason why Indiana’s state park inns have the highest occupancy rate in the nation and continue to earn such high national rankings,” Holcomb said. “People come from all over the country and the world to enjoy the unparalleled experience and hospitality provided by our state park inns.” Our state parks provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature’s greatest environs, whether you’re hiking a path or lounging by a fire.”