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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Southern Indiana - Interlake April 2013

Saturday and Sunday 4/20 and 4/21

Interlake DNR property, Lynnville, Indiana
20 miles east of Evansville Indiana off Interstate 64
No fee to use property, but vehicles must either have plates or ORV tags.



Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4226.htm

Site amenities:
Bathrooms, picnic shelter, large parking lot, smooth gravel main road

Weather: Clear 50-65 degrees depending on breeze or cloud cover.

Pros:
No crowds, even on the weekend. We never had to wait behind anybody else.
Very cool place, fun scenery, something for everyone.
The trails marked difficult are a lot of fun.
Enough trails for 2-3 days.
No fee.

Cons:
Most trails are not marked.The whole first day it seemed like we were on Trail #2.
Don't let the large acreage fool you, the whole site is not open to Jeeps. Look at the 4x4 trails on the map.
Some trails end due to being overgrown or are marked closed.
Trail numbers not marked on map.
Some trails shown on map were not found on site, even with a GPS.

Trails:
Large easy main trails in the open areas, mild enough for stock 4x4's, big enough for huge full-size trucks, although we didn't see many of those.
Despite steady rain all week, the trails were pretty dry. Some puddles in the low areas but they all had solid bottoms (except one big mud hole at the exit of trail 19)

Tips:
Use a GPS if you have one. Most trails are marked #1 or #2, which is not helpful. I saw one sign for #3, then nothing from #4-#18
Even with a GPS, print maps off the website before you go. There are no maps available on site.
Don't leave without doing Trail 19.

My experience:
We had a group of 4 on the first day. My YJ with open axles and 33's, a CJ7 locked on 36's, TJ locked on 36's, and a TJ Rubicon on 33's. The Rubicon did not stay for the second day. The goal was to run all of the 4x4 trails. It looks like we hit about 85% of the 4x4 areas over two days. We missed the northeast area trails. See links below for the routes from my GPS. We did have some damage to our Jeeps but they were all avoidable. There were three encounters with trees with the CJ and one with the YJ. The big TJ couldnt resist the large mudhole at the end of day 2, got mud in the clutch and had to be towed back to the parking lot.

It looks like the place still has some potential for new trails if they allow the unmarked areas to be opened up for Jeeps and trucks. Overall I would say it's definately worth the 4.5 hour trip it took us to get there.













Link to entire album:
http://s87.photobucket.com/user/hbfl...20April%202013

Saturday Route from my GPS
http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/b.../#.UXa_GLUqbvd

Sunday Route
http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/b.../#.UXa_F7Uqbvd

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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Nice pictures. I am moving to the Evansville area next week and didn't realize i would have a place to wheel 30 mins from my apartment.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 02:59 AM   #3
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I have been up there twice but never made it too far off the main trail since I didn't have another vehicle with me. Still had fun and look forward to heading that way this summer.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #4
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I have been up there twice but never made it too far off the main trail since I didn't have another vehicle with me. Still had fun and look forward to heading that way this summer.
I've been wanting to go down there but none of my fellow wheelers want to waste 4 hours driving down there when the badlands is only 30-40 min from us, I use my jeep for daily drivin and weekend wheelin so I don't do anything too crazy but if someone wants another jeep to tag along let me know!

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Unread 05-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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Toxic, I used to make the 4.5 hr trek once a year from northern Indiana down there for a few days of wheeling solo (yea yea). I love it down there. Its peaceful, wide variety of trails and the scenery is relaxing. Plus, there is usually nobody there (and its large enough that if there is you rarely run into them). Not to mention it is free to get in (well aside from paying taxes to the state). Most of the trails down there you are okay so long as you have a winch. The biggest issue is being on trails that turn into ATV only or horse only trails. Some of the trails that are over grown as nobody has driven them are actually pretty fun. I've got a few trail reports on here from both times I went that you can check out for some other trails.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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I've been wanting to go down there but none of my fellow wheelers want to waste 4 hours driving down there when the badlands is only 30-40 min from us, I use my jeep for daily drivin and weekend wheelin so I don't do anything too crazy but if someone wants another jeep to tag along let me know!

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Ill be getting my jeep here in a month or so now that I am moved in and have plans to go up there a couple times a month so Ill shoot ya a PM when i know im heading up there.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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Ill be getting my jeep here in a month or so now that I am moved in and have plans to go up there a couple times a month so Ill shoot ya a PM when i know im heading up there.
Sounds good names TJ, where u located now?
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Sounds good names TJ, where u located now?
East side of Evansville. Got moved here for a project at a power plant in Petersburg, IN.
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Wow, didn't really know about this place. I'm up north in Fort Wayne. I will have to make a trip down there when things calm down a bit for me..
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Unread 05-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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Wow, didn't really know about this place. I'm up north in Fort Wayne. I will have to make a trip down there when things calm down a bit for me..
PM me when u do, I'm down in martinsville so we can meet up on your way down
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:30 PM   #11
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PM me when u do, I'm down in martinsville so we can meet up on your way down
Will do man, one of my buddies has an 03 rubi with a 2 inch lift that would probably join us if you didn't mind.
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Will do man, one of my buddies has an 03 rubi with a 2 inch lift that would probably join us if you didn't mind.
Not at all the more the merrier lol I've just got a 3" budget boost and it's my daily driver so I don't do anything too crazy lol
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yeah mines my DD also, after my last wheeling trip and getting water in the trans, I plan to be more careful! lol
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yeah mines my DD also, after my last wheeling trip and getting water in the trans, I plan to be more careful! lol
Ouch! I've had mine through a pit that burnt up my fan clutch but that was as bad as its got for me so no biggie
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yeah I limped it home from the park.. all part of wheeling right? lol
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