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Buy camping online to give as the ideal gift

This year, for the first time, you can buy camping gift cards online for Department of Natural Resources camping.

That means you can give the gift of camping and other related reservations to your outdoorsy friends from the comfort of your home or office.

This card may be used to make reservations or register as a walk-in for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, as well as Covered Bridge, Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan and Starve Hollow DNR Forestry properties, for cabins (excluding inns-operated cabins), campsites, cottages, group camps, recreation buildings, rent-a-camp cabins, picnic shelters and youth and rally camps.

More details are at innsgifts.com, the website for Mother Nature’s Mercantile, from which you can order.

Gift cards can be purchased in $25, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200 increments. They can also be purchased at DNR property offices or by phone at (866) 622-6746.

Camping reservations are now being accepted for 2015 at 1-866-622-6746 or Camp.IN.gov. You can reserve up to six months in advance of your desired arrival date. Memorial Day weekend reservations can be made starting Nov. 22..

Back-to-School camping special at state parks and reservoirs

A new offer from Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs makes weeknight camping more affordable during September.

Those who book a new campsite reservation for one or more weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) during the month will receive 20 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking.

The offer applies to all State Parks & Reservoirs campgrounds, Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas, and Greene-Sullivan State Forest.

Reservations can be booked at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746.

The reservation must be booked and used by Oct. 8.

Use the promo code “CAMPIN14.”

The offer does not apply to reservations made before Aug. 27, or to reservations made in combination with any other discount or offer. The offer does not apply to walk-in registrations.

The offer excludes Labor Day weekend.

via [DNR] Back-to-School camping special at state parks and reservoirs – 8/27/2014 – State of Indiana.

Still opportunities to take advantage of the May camping discount

There is still time to take advantage of an offer from Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs that makes May camping more affordable.

Those who book a new campsite reservation for two or more consecutive weeknights (weeknights are considered Sundays through Wednesdays) will receive one of those nights for free.

The offer applies to all State Parks & Reservoirs campgrounds, and to campgrounds at Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas. All Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in May, and Sunday, May 25, which is the day before Memorial Day, are excluded from the offer.

The promotion has been popular for campers, but with more than 7,000 campsites at 32 parks and lakes across the state, there’s room for more.

Reservations can be booked at Camp.IN.Gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Use the promo code “MAYFREE14” when making a reservation. Reservations for camping can be made until midnight the day before intended arrival.

The offer expires May 28.

This offer only applies to new reservations, and may not be used on existing reservations, or in combination with any other discount or offer. The offer does not apply to walk-in registrations.

There is a maximum of one free weeknight per reservation.

Campers at DNR properties should remember the firewood rule

With the arrival of camping season, visitors to DNR properties should brush up on the DNR firewood rule.

The rule helps protect Indiana’s trees from the 140 known pests and pathogens that currently affect forests. The pests and pathogens are transported from primarily through the movement of firewood.

Under the rule, in-state visitors to state parks, reservoirs, state forests and state fish & wildlife areas can bring firewood from home — as long as the bark has been removed. The reason for bark removal is insect larvae live in the sapwood under the bark. Visitors from outside Indiana cannot bring firewood from out of state because of federal emerald ash borer quarantines.

Guests may also bring firewood into DNR properties, if it’s:

— Kiln-dried scrap lumber.
— Purchased outside the property and bears either a USDA compliance stamp or a state compliance stamp.
— Purchased from the property campstore or on-site firewood vendor and has a state compliance stamp.
Regardless of where visitors get their firewood, they should burn it all at the campsite before they leave.

In short, the firewood rule means: “Buy it with a stamp, bring it debarked, burn it all.”

For more about the rule see firewood.dnr.IN.gov. Vendors who want to sell firewood for use in DNR properties should get or renew their compliance agreements. For details, see dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/images/sp-Compliance_Territories.pdf

DNR May camping discount: Book at least two weeknights, get one of them free

A new offer from Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs makes camping more affordable this May for visitors staying multiple weeknights.

Those who book a new campsite reservation for two or more consecutive weeknights (weeknights are considered Sundays through Wednesday) will receive one of those nights for free.

The offer applies to all State Park & Reservoir campgrounds, and to campgrounds at Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas.

Reservations can be booked at Camp.IN.Gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Use the promo code “MAYFREE14” when making your reservation. Reservations for camping can be made until midnight the day before your intended arrival.

The offer expires May 28.

The offer does not apply to reservations made before May 1, or to reservations made in combination with any other discount offer. The offer does not apply to walk-in registrations. All Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays in May, and Sunday, May 25, are excluded from the offer.

There is a maximum of one free weeknight per reservation.