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May 8, 2014

Spaulding Outdoors: Grand Opening of Trine Recreational Area

The Inside on Indiana's Outside

Grand Opening of Trine Recreational Area

The public is invited to Trine State Recreation Area in Steuben County to celebrate its grand opening on May 15 with Governor Mike Pence and DNR Director Cameron Clark. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2:00pm followed by an optional walk along one of the trails. Refreshments will be provided by the Potawatomi Inn.

Purchased in 2006, the nearly 200-acre property is east of Pokagon State Park and Interstate 69. It has been undergoing renovations to prepare it for public use since its purchase.

Trine SRA was originally Wing Haven Resort from 1948 to 1972. It was Camp Calvary church camp and Oakhill Resort and Conference Center from 1972 until 2006.

The Indiana DNR acquired the property through a gift from Steuben County philanthropists Ralph and Sheri Trine. Other partners in the acquisition included DNR’s Indiana Heritage Trust, the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, ACRES Land Trust, Steuben County Community Foundation, McClue Nature Reserve, Steuben County Lakes Council 101 Lakes Land Trust, Blue Heron Ministries and a number of individuals.

“The purchase and development of this site is a great example of a public-private partnership to promote outdoor recreation, conserve land and preserve water quality,” said DNR director Cameron Clark.

Since 2007, Sheri and Ralph Trine have continued their initial generosity and donated building materials, furniture, flooring, appliances, and decorations to restore 12 overnight cabins and Swenson Lodge and to furnish the new Trine Welcome Center. The Swenson Lodge Conference Center is available for board meetings and retreats and includes a board room, kitchen, dining area and lounge.

A pre-opening was held in November, 2013 allowing guests to use the trails and to fish. The grand opening coincides with the opening of Trine SRA’s 12 cabins which will be available for overnight rental. The cabins can be reserved at camp.IN.gov.

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