Pokagon State Park’s toboggan run open through February

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If you’ve never been to Pokagon State Park, near Angola, and experienced the toboggan run, you’re missing a winter thrill, said Ginger Murphy, with Indiana’s Dept. of Natural Resources. The run operates from Thanksgiving through the end of February.

“That’s another thing Hoosiers should experience once in their lifetime,” said Murphy, a guest on Indiana Outdoors radio. “It takes about 20 to 30 seconds to go down it. It’s a thrill ride.”

Murphy said the toboggan run is refrigerated, so there’s no need for snow. The drop is about 90 ft.

“The top speed recorded has been 42 mph and if you fill up the toboggan with people you can get close to that,” she said. “The more weight on the toboggan, the faster you’re gonna go down.”

Murphy said it’s also good to remember that Indiana’s state parks are not closed during the winter and you can hike and camp while it’s cold.

“We have to shu down a lot of the bathrooms so that the pipes don’t freeze. But, there are a few properties that have heated restrooms,” she said. “We have a water source. There’s not water at every site. But, we have water sources in pretty much all of our campgrounds so you can fill up a tank or get access to water if you need it.”

The DNR website is the source for all info about camping, hiking and the light shows that are going on at four state parks this winter.

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