FAQs about the The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program

2016 IN State Park Pass Annual Entrance Permit

The Aurora Public Library District is excited to announce The Indiana State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program, a partnership with Indiana Public Libraries, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Parks.  2016 is an exciting year combining the Indiana Bicentennial and the Indiana State Parks Centennial.  The two state organizations visioned 2016 as a year to encourage and introduce Indiana residents to our beautiful state parks.  The Indiana State Library purchased one Annual Entrance Permit, referred to for this program as the Park Pass, and distributed the Park Pass to each public Library.  Libraries were able to purchase additional Park Passes to make the passes available to patrons at each building in a Library District.  The Aurora Public Library District today makes the Annual Pass available for patrons to check out.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Who developed this program?

This is a partnership between the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Parks, a division of the DNR, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in honor of the Indiana State Bicentennial and the Indiana State Parks Centennial.

Why was this program developed?

To encourage Hoosiers to visit their public Library and the state parks. State Librarian Jacob Speer said, “The State Library is excited about its bicentennial partnership with Indiana State Parks. The partnership gives library patrons an opportunity to explore the many beautiful state park locations across Indiana simply by using their library to check out free passes.”

What does the program do?

The program provides access to Indiana State Parks and Indiana State Forest Recreation Areas by using the pass for gate entrance fees between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

How many passes does my Library have available?

The Indiana State Library purchased the first Library Park Pass for our Library District (APLD). The APLD purchased passes so that the passes would be available at the Aurora Public Library, The Dillsboro Public Library and the Local History Library @ the Depot.

If the APLD Park Pass is not available, how much will it cost me to visit a state park?

The fee is $7.00 a day for a non-commercial vehicle with an Indiana license plates, every day including holidays. The fee admits the driver and passengers. This applies to all State Parks and state-managed lakes, excluding Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Interpretive Center.

Where can I use the pass?

The pass can be used at the following properties:   Brookville Lake, Brown County State Park, Chain O’Lakes State Park, Charlestown State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Fort Harrison State Park, Hardy Lake, Harmonie State Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber and Cataract Falls SRAs), Lincoln State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Mississinewa Lake, Monroe Lake, Mounds State Park, O’Bannon Woods State Park, Ouabache State Park, Patoka Lake, Pokagon State Park and Trine SRA, Potato Creek State Park, Prophetstown State Park,  Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), Salamonie Lake, Shakamak State Park, Spring Mill State Park, Summit Lake State Park, Tippecanoe River State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Shades State Park, Versailles State Park, Whitewater Memorial State Park, Deam Lake SRA, Ferdinand State Forest, and Starve Hollow SRA.

I heard that parks don’t have someone at the gate all year round so when are gate fees required at state parks?  Is it all year or just in the summer?

The Indiana State Parks website says: Operation of entrance gates varies from park to park and season to season. Generally speaking, gates are operated full-time from April through October and on weekends the rest of the year but that may not always be the case if the park is hosting a special event or other feature where a controlled gate is important. It is best to call and check before visiting if there is a question.

I heard that seniors can get a free pass. Can you tell me about this?

For Indiana residents who are at least age 65 years or are a resident eligible for Social Security disability payments under 42 U.S. C. 401 (proof of eligibility must be presented at time of purchase and disabled individual must be present in the vehicle at time of use) can purchase a $25.00 Golden Hoosier Passport which admits a noncommercial vehicle, driver and passengers. Good from January 1 until December 31 of year issued. The price is 1/2 the Resident Annual Entrance Permit Fee.

I want to purchase a pass for me to use this year.  Where do I get it?

You can purchase a 2016 Annual Entrance Permit at a State Park or online at the IN State Park Store.

What programs are available at the Indiana State Parks to celebrate its centennial anniversary?

The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial. Read more about activities that are part of the State Parks Centennial Celebration at INStateParks100.com