McCormick’s Creek State Park reopens for limited use Friday, April 7, 2023; DNR drone video and photos show devastation caused by tornado last weekend

State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will reopen McCormick’s Creek starting Friday, April 7, 2023 according to a press release:

For immediate release: April 6, 2023

McCormick’s Creek State Park reopens for limited use tomorrow

McCormick’s Creek State Park, which was severely damaged by last Friday’s tornado, will reopen to limited use tomorrow, April 7.

The park’s Canyon Inn will be fully open and will offer an Easter buffet on Sunday, with reservations highly recommended for those who plan to attend.

Many park trails remain closed, and the campground will be closed through October 1. Individuals with campground reservations are being contacted directly and given full refunds, and no new reservations for camping at McCormick’s Creek will be accepted for arrival dates through the end of 2023.

Volunteers who would like to help with park cleanup can sign up at https://bit.ly/mccormicks-creek-volunteer, and they will be contacted by Indiana State Parks staff in the coming weeks.

When guests arrive, they will receive a handout of facilities and services available, with updates also available online at on.IN.gov/mccormickscreeksp to check ahead of a visit. Park interpretive naturalists will be roving in key park locations to answer questions throughout the weekend.

Photos and video of park damage and ongoing cleanup efforts can be accessed through the Department of Natural Resources’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/INdnr.

McCormick’s Creek State Park (on.IN.gov/mccormickscreeksp) is at 250 McCormick’s Creek Park Road, Spencer, 47460.

To see more DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.


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Media Contact: Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship, Indiana State Parks, 317-417-4926

Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)
Crews continue to work to clear debris from the tornado that tragically hit McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, causing significant damage across the park, including at the park’s campground. (Brent Drinkut/Indiana DNR)

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