Lawsuit forces closure of century-old Indiana campground


FARMLAND, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana campground that’s been operating for more than a century is closing its gates amid a state lawsuit.

State health officials are suing the Three Waters Campground in the Randolph County town of Farmland over alleged health and safety violations, including standing water that served as mosquito breeding sites.

Campground owner Richard Waters tells The (Muncie) Star Press that “state inspectors have run me out of business.”

The campground near Muncie has been a recreation site along the White River for 115 years. The site includes a fishing pond, an office and about three dozen wooded camp sites.

State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson says the department never ordered the campground to close. He says that decision was “made solely by the owner.”


  1. Of course they didn’t order the camp ground to close, they just put more requirements on them than it was profitable to support. It’s how government closes businesses, they legislate them out of existence.

    I have never been to this campground and don’t know what issues it might have had but saying it wasn’t the fault of the bureaucratic agency forcing a 115yr old campground to change is disingenuous.

  2. If you saw the place you’d realize the new owner just got a convenient excuse to clear out the place and not look like the bad guy.


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