A Regional Treasure Reopens and Thrives

Otter Creek Park reopensThere is no shortage of outdoor recreation spots and greenspace in our region. It’s something so many of us enjoy and treasure. So when Otter Creek Park in Meade County closed in 2009, there were a lot of disappointed folks. But state and regional leaders worked hard to find a way to re-open it, and with great anticipation, did so in 2011. It now has a slightly new name—The Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area—and new owners, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The newly named facility did not disappoint, and remains a favorite destination for local nature lovers of all ages. So whether you’ve always lived in our region or just moved here, if you’re looking for a family mini vacation, a long walk in the woods, or an unsurpassed view of nature, the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area could be just the place for you.

According to Otter Creek manager Charlie Logsdon, they have as many things to enjoy as ever. In fact, there are a plethora of events and activities that the public can take advantage of. Whether a visitor is into hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, disc golf, archery, or just plain picnicking, Otter Creek has something for everyone, including a carry-down launch ramp into the Ohio River, accessible for canoes, kayaks, and small boats.

Handily located in Meade County just across the river from Indiana, and an easy 30 minutes from downtown Louisville, the facility offers a spectacular view of the Ohio River. It’s a great venue for bird watching, camping, or sitting under a tree relaxing. For avid hunters and dedicated fishermen, Otter Creek is a virtual paradise. Trout is stocked four times throughout the year, and with 2,261 mostly wooded acres, there is plenty of outdoor space for hunting deer and small game.

The facility is open year round, Wednesday – Sunday, from daylight to dark. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife team has worked diligently for the past year to make Otter Creek a “go-to” spot for the entire region to enjoy. Charlie Logsdon says, “Otter Creek will function as a hybrid, it is not just a park now, but a wild life reserve, combined with the active native nature.”

One of the most visible features of the facility is Otter Creek itself, which runs through the center of the area. On a summer afternoon you’ll find local nature lovers floating on inner tubes and enjoying picnics on the shore. The creek is a great place to cool down and pass the time of the hot, lazy day. And down the road about five miles you cancreature otter creek provided the backdrop for creativity and entrepreneurship – the “Shoppes at Otter Creek,” is a quaint arts and crafts gallery featuring the works of artists from across the commonwealth. The Shoppes also offer a little café with a kitchen, cooking great food from scratch.

The area is a “work in progress,” says Logsdon, and he invites you to explore the events and activities that have been requested by visitors and are available to all. So, the next time you are in the area, stop in and take advantage of one of the best outdoor experiences the area has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

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image courtesy of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife