Jennings County Parks and Recreation Department (JCPR) has begun the revitalization of ECO Lake Park, a 127-acre property in Indiana.
The park was previously owned by Cosco Products and was gifted to JCPR in 2007. Since then, several improvements have been made, including installing parking areas, a boat ramp, and a playground.
Now, the focus is on constructing a new campground, carried out by Richard Morin and Ken Delap of Bradshaw Building Specialties, under the direction of the RLM Engineering Firm from North Vernon.
According to Greg Martin of JCPR, the campground will include 24 RV sites, a site for the camp host, a bathroom/shower house, and a dump station.
Upgrades will also be made to the roads, water, and septic/sewers, and picnic tables, display cases, and campfire rings will be installed.
JCPR is also considering some vegetative management in the lake, which is nine acres and approximately nine feet deep. The lake is a main feature of the park, and the addition of the campground and other amenities is expected to attract more visitors.
The improvements come after the Indiana Department of National Resources (IDNR) accepted ECO Lake Park as a public access site in 2010. At that time, improvements were made to the main road, and two parking areas and a boat ramp were installed. Fish populations were assessed as good, and IDNR stocked some catfish. As the lake opens back to campers, the IDNR will likely do a new aquatic population survey.
The construction of the new campground and other amenities is a part of JCPR’s continued efforts to improve the park and attract more visitors. The addition of the campground is expected to be a significant draw for campers and RV enthusiasts.
The revitalization of ECO Lake Park is an exciting development for the park and the community. With new amenities, a new campground, and improved infrastructure, the park will surely attract more visitors and continue to be a popular destination for families, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Featured image from Eco Lake Park.