Refuge stays open for guided night hike

The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge is open from sun up until sundown. However, on Saturday, May 18, the refuge office will make an exception and issue a special use permit to allow for a guided night hike on the refuge in the light of a full moon. The 2.5 mile hike of moderate difficulty will begin at Boyd’s Station at 8 p.m. CT.

Participants need to wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes and bring their own flashlights or headlamps and insect repellant. The hike is open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The hiking permit is specifically for the guided night hike and no other areas of the refuge may be accessed on this evening.

To get to Boyd’s Station travel, east on State Road 64 through Oakland City and look for the large brown Refuge sign indicating a left turn to Snakey Point Marsh at County Road 1275. Continue to follow the brown refuge signs until reaching the parking lots on both the left and right sides of the road. Boyd’s Station is on the left.

The hike will be canceled in case of inclement weather. For more information call 812 457-4859.

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