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New Improvements At Luhr Park – LaPorte

The LaPorte County Park Department has many new improvements and amenities at Luhr Park that is a must see.  So, bring the whole family and enjoy the outdoors at Luhr Park.

This 94-acre park is located just south of LaPorte, Luhr County Park features 4 ecosystems, upland forest, wetland, prairie and stocked pond, open to catch and release fishing.  There are also a variety of nature trails, including paved trails for people with disabilities, picnic shelter rentals, picnic tables, no-leash dog area, playgrounds, restrooms and fishing pole rentals.  Seasonal home to many resident and migratory birds.  A multitude of migrants including many species of warblers, indigo bunting, grosbeak, towhee, and Baltimore orioles are just a few visitors. Stroll the boardwalk to the observation tower overlooking our wetlands at Luhr County Park to view the wildlife that lives there.

It is a new home to the “Shagbark Shelter” which sits over 100 people and can be rented by calling the office at 219.325.8315.  While there you can try your hand at bean bag toss, cook on a large grill and utilize the nearby new restroom.  Thanks to a grant we were also able to build additional parking spaces and create a raingarden. 

You can take a stroll on our newly paved trails and find the new overlooks to see the 15 acres of restored prairie with some trails to hike and look for wildlife. Park Superintendent Jeremy Sobecki stated “this land will be permanently protected from development, increases our wildlife habitat of all types and will allow more trails to be built at Luhr.”  In addition, this provides more educational programs for public and schools.

While there, head towards the pond and try the new multipurpose exercise equipment which is installed under the Kiwanis Shelter and is suitable for users of all fitness levels.

You can’t skip a visit into the Nature Center opening back up April 6th since the hit of the pandemic.  Children of all ages find our hands-on environment displays, exhibits, bird viewing room, and field activities, a winning way to understand basic ecological concepts with our environmental educational programs. Come check out our new displays, gaze into the eyes of a great horned owl, look through the glass case at one of the turtles on display, watch for the elusive birds and squirrels in our Wildlife Viewing Area, or stroll along our many other exhibit’s in the Nature Center. 

These improvements would not have been possible without support from the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte, the LaPorte County Park Foundation and many others within the community. 

Luhr County Park is open from 7am to Sunset daily. 

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