As spring breaks, newly improved Luhr County Park is the place to be

 

The new shag bark shelter.

Photos and information from La Porte County Park Department

The La Porte County Park Department has many new improvements and amenities at Luhr Park, so bring the whole family and explore!

The 94-acre park located just south of La Porte at 3178 S CR-150W features 4 ecosystems: an upland forest, a wetland, a prairie and a stocked pond open to catch-and-release-fishing. The park also offers a variety of nature trails, including paved trails for people with disabilities; picnic shelter rentals; picnic tables; a no-leash dog area; playgrounds; restrooms, and fishing pole rentals. 

Some of the fitness equipment available.

Luhr Park is a seasonal home to many resident and migratory birds. The multitude of migrants includes many species of warblers, indigo buntings, grosbeaks, towhees and Baltimore orioles, to name just a few. Stroll the boardwalk to the observation tower overlooking the wetlands to view the wildlife that lives there.

The park is a new home to the “Shagbark Shelter,” which seats over 100 people and may be rented by calling the office at 219.325.8315. While there you can try your hand at bean bag toss, cook on a large grill and utilize the nearby new restroom. Thanks to a grant, the county park department was also able to build additional parking spaces and create a rain garden.  

You can take a stroll on the newly paved trails to look for wildlife and find new overlooks to view the 15 acres of restored prairie.

Park Superintendent Jeremy Sobecki said, “This land will be permanently protected from development, increasing our wildlife habitat of all types and allowing more trails to be built at Luhr. In addition, this provides more educational programs for the public and schools.” 

Also when you visit Luhr, head toward the pond and try the new multipurpose exercise equipment under the Kiwanis Shelter, suitable for users of all fitness levels.

A bean bag toss court at the park.

And you can’t skip a visit to the Nature Center, opening back up April 6 after the long pandemic shutdown. Children of all ages find the center’s hands-on environment displays, exhibits, bird viewing room and field activities a winning way to understand basic ecological concepts. Come and check out the new displays, gaze into the eyes of a great horned owl, look through the glass case at one of the turtles on display, watch for the elusive birds and squirrels in the Wildlife Viewing Area, and stroll among the many other exhibits. 

These improvements would not have been possible without support from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, the La Porte County Park Foundation and many others within the community.  

Luhr County Park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. For more information, call 219-325-8315, email lcparks@csinet.net and visit LaPorte County Parks.

2 Responses to “As spring breaks, newly improved Luhr County Park is the place to be”

  1. lawman

    Mar 02. 2021

    Luhr Park has always been a great ”undiscovered park”. i have been stopping by on bike rides for many years and i hardly ever see more than a couple of people. always fun to watch young kids learn to fish in the back ponds. Stop by-its worth it.

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  2. Dean Heise

    Mar 02. 2021

    Thanks for providing Great Parks!👍

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