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What are some amenities of Brown County State Park?

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Brown County State Park, near Nashville, Indiana, offers fishing, ice fishing, hiking, bridal and mountain bike trails, a nature center and several types of camping facilities. Picnic areas are scattered around the park, some with shelters and fireplaces. The Abe Martin Lodge has 84 rooms and several cabins for rent. The lodge is great for large gatherings because of the available public dining room and the option to rent meeting rooms.

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Regular fishing and ice fishing is available on Ogle Lake and Strahl Lake. Fish species include bass, bluegill and sometimes trout. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are allowed on the larger Ogle Lake, but they must be launched from shore because there is no boat ramp. No motorized boats are allowed. An Indiana State Fishing License is required.

The park has roughly 12 miles of hiking trails and another 70 miles of bridal trails, with most of them in the southwestern and eastern ends of the park. Guests may ride their own horses or join a guided trail ride that starts at the Saddle Barn. Each horse brought into the park requires a horse tag, available at the park or by mail or phone from the Department of Natural Resources, based in Indianapolis.

Camping and Abe Martin Lodge reservations are available through Reserve America, Reserve.America.com. Campsites with and without electric hook-ups are available. Some campgrounds have showers and modern restrooms, while others only have pit toilets. The Horsemen's Campground has 118 electric hook-up sites, modern restrooms and a tie-up for up to six horses. The entrance is via Route 135 South.

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