Cataract Falls State Recreation Area closes Sunday after gatehouse fire

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The Cataract Falls State Recreation Area was closed Sunday after a fire damaged the facility’s gatehouse in the early hours of the morning.

“The cause (of the fire) is under investigation,” Indiana State Parks said in a Facebook post.

The Cataract Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the gate shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the department’s Facebook page.

“Upon our arrival, we found a fully involved wooden structure at the main gate,” CVFD said in the post.

Cataract Falls SRA is located in northern Owen County, approximately 15 miles north of Spencer.

The SRA is part of the Cagles Mill Lake property, which includes the Lieber State Recreation Area.

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Indiana State Parks suggests those looking to recreate at Cataract Falls visit Lieber SRA, 1317 W Lieber Rd, Cloverdale, Ind.

The Cataract Falls State Recreation Area gatehouse is charred after an early morning fire Sunday.

Another nearby property operated by Indiana State Parks that provides recreational opportunities is McCormick’s Creek State Park located at 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd, Spencer, Ind.

Small amounts of smoke could still be seen coming from the structure around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Agencies assisting in the Sunday morning fire included the Poland Fire Protection Territory, the Owen County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Bureau. Indiana State.

Contact Lance Gideon, editor of Reporter-Times, Times-Mail and Spencer Evening World, at [email protected] or 765-342-1543. Follow him on Twitter: @LanceOGideon.

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