Turkey Run trails can be memorable
By Dale Bowman Post-Tribune correspondent May 30, 2013 10:54PM
Hiking the trails through the canyons and ravines of Turkey Run State Park provides such views and wonders as Sugar Creek. | DALE BOWMAN~FOR THE POST-TRIBUNE
Updated: July 2, 2013 7:58AM
For years, our family tradition on Memorial Day was to leave early enough to snag a picnic table with several other families at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall.
It was the usual grilling, feasting and Frisbee tossing, but also a time for hiking. Turkey Run has trails from half a mile to three miles in length, varying in difficulty from easy to very rugged and everything in between. So it was easy to wear out adolescent and teen energy on the rugged trails or do the short easy trail with tikes.
One of my favorite memories is slow walking my 2-year-old daughter, now on the edge of her teens, down the easy trail.
Saturday is Trails Day in Indiana, as designated by Gov. Mike Pence.
It’s worth noting.
Of the things that define my life the last 30 years, the most important, aside from my marriage and birth of our kids, is hiking the southern end of the Appalachian Trail after college. It was a life-defining event I highly recommend for any high school or college student.
Trails in essence have bookcased my life.
Find a trail on Saturday, or another summer day, and do some hiking to clear your head or to set your sights.
If headed to Turkey Run for hiking, be aware the major flooding in April caused structural damage to the famed suspension bridge over Sugar Creek and it is closed.
Turkey Run is also one of the state parks hosting trail cleanup and maintenance.
Check dnr.IN.gov/outdoor/2604.htm for more Trails Day activities.
Fishing inland: On warmer ponds or lakes, bluegill are bedding; on others, they are no where near the spawn. Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife area continues to be the top spot for bluegill and redear for boaters, shore fishermen are scuffling. ... Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station said there’s good catfish action at the Riverwalk at Portage on Sonny’s dipbait. “That will only get better has it gets hotter,’’ he said. ... Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond reported good walleye action for shore fishermen using floating jigheads with leeches and for boaters trolling leeches or Shad Raps. ... The Kankakee River is high, but fishable.
Lake Michigan: The lake slowly settles, but dirty water remains on shore. The hope is the strong south and southwest winds will drive out the dirty water and clear it up for the weekend. Otherwise, Sleziak has had some fantastic fishing far out in 90-100 feet for a mixed bag of mostly coho with some steelhead and lake trout and a few kings. Perch reports are non-existent.
Ducks unlimited: The Big Lake Sporting Clay & Fun Shoot is June 8 at Oakwood Gun Club in Wheatfield. Contact Jason Bell at (219) 405-0754 or Phil Grenchik at (219) 617-3950.
Clubbing: Tom Gozdecki of Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission will speak at the Lake County Fish and Game (lakecountyfishandgame.org) meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse in Griffith.
Bass fundraiser: The inaugural Big Bass Bash, a two-person team bass tournament fundraiser for Warriors First Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project, is June 29 on Lake Michigan. Launch is out of Portage Marina. Weigh-in is at the Portage Bass Pro Shop. Entry is $300 per boat. Top prize would be $10,000, if there’s a full field of 150 boats. Registration and information is at lakemichiganbigbassbash.com.
Wild things: Morel season is near the end, but foraging for wild asparagus is underway. Make sure to use your flashers, if pulled off the side of the road.