Indiana state parks host Welcome Back Weekend, May 5-7 , 2023

Last Updated on May 3, 2023 by Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Celebrate spring and the start of recreation season during Welcome Back Weekend, May 5-7.

Admission to all state parks will be free on Sunday, May 7. In addition, that day is a Free Fishing Day, during which Hoosiers can fish Indiana waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp, with all size and bag limits in effect. For public places to fish near you, see Check out fishing tips and videos at to help maximize your experience. 

Welcome Back Weekend programs include:

  • Spring Mill State Park’s Welcome Back Weekend programs at its Pioneer Village, Lakeview Activity Center, and Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, May 5-7
  • Brown County State Park’s Morel Mushroom Festival, May 6
  • Full moon hikes at various state parks, May 5-6
  • Fishing workshops at Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes, May 6
  • Autos, Tractors, and Trucks at The Farm at Prophetstown, adjacent to Prophetstown State Park, May 6

Free gate admission and the Free Fishing Day are offered in partnership with Visit Indiana’s IN Indiana Week, which is May 7-13. Register for the Indiana State Nature Passport program at, then check in when you visit a property to participate in a variety of giveaways during the week and throughout the year.

More weekend events can be found at

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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