PROJECTS / Parks + Recreation
Interlake Recreation Area Master Plan
Prior to 1978, the Marion Dragline, the largest coal extraction dragline in the world, operated at Interlake. Five years later the abandoned Interlake had already become an established local hotspot for ORV users, hunters, fisherman, horseback riders, and trappers. In 1999, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) purchased the 3500+ acres from the Interlake Foundation. Landstory prepared the master plan for this ‘wild west-esque’ terrain. After thorough inspection and environmental analysis of the area’s sweeping grasslands, native forests and manmade lakes, the planning team developed a comprehensive master plan for Interlake’s future growth as a vital recreational destination. Recommendations included enhancements to encourage greater regional participation and improved resource management. Expanded opportunities were identified for off-roading, horseback riding, hunting and fishing, as reflected in IDNR’s Long Term Management goals.