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Press release: Monroe Lake showcases Salt Creek Valley, Sept. 12-18

The following list of events the DNR is planning around Monroe Lake (Lake Monroe), and Southern Indiana was released Tuesday:

“For immediate release:

August 17, 2021

Monroe Lake showcases Salt Creek Valley, Sept. 12-18

Monroe Lake is hosting its first Salt Creek Valley History Week from Sunday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 18. The Salt Creek Valley is the name for the area around Monroe Lake and was given the moniker because of the many salt springs in the area. The program schedule includes some activities that require advance registration (with limited space available) and others that have no registration requirements. Details and registration links (for programs requiring advance signup) are at bit.ly/scv-history-2021. Following is a list of activities by date:

  • Sept. 12, “Then and Now” Challenge from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; free event, no registration required; Paynetown SRA, Campground Playground
  • Sept. 12, Explore Monroe paddling trip at 5:30 p.m.; $10 per person and limited to 10 people, advance signup required, kayak rentals available; Pine Grove SRA
  • Sept. 13, Underwater Cemeteries at 6:30 p.m.; free public presentation, no registration required; Lawrence County Museum of History in Bedford
  • Sept. 14, Explore Monroe paddling trip at 9 a.m.; $10 per person and limited to 10 people, advance signup required, kayak rentals available; Pine Grove SRA
  • Sept. 15, Friendship Baptist Church Hike at 10 a.m.; free event but limited to 15 people, advance signup required; church is located on Friendship Lane
  • Sept. 16, Hughes Cemetery Tour at 10 a.m.; free event but limited to 20 people, advance signup required; Paynetown SRA
  • Sept. 17, Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike at 10 a.m.; free event but limited to 20 people, advance signup required; Northfork Service Area
  • Sept. 17, Buzzsaw Pioneer Toy from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; free event, no registration required; Paynetown SRA, Campground Playground
  • Sept. 18, Marble Games from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; free event, no registration required; Paynetown SRA, Campground Playground
  • Sept. 18, Southern Indiana Folk Music at 8 p.m.; free event, no registration required; Paynetown SRA Activity Center and Amphitheater

For programs at Paynetown State Recreation Area, the daily entrance fee of $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plate and $9 per vehicle with out-of-state license plate applies. Indiana State Park Annual Entrance Permits are also accepted. Questions about Salt Creek Valley History week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretive naturalist, at [email protected] or 812-837-9967. To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.30

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