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SUNSET PARK

by

Billie Cooksey

Sunset Park, located north of Linton on County Road 200 N, in Greene County, Indiana, is owned by the city of Linton. The eight lakes in the park are some of the clearest lakes in Indiana.

The 300-acre facility is opened to the public from May 1 until November 1. The park gate opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., except for campers. The park offers camping, fishing, scuba diving, skin diving, and snorkeling. In addition bike trails have been provided for those who enjoy riding bicycles.

Camping at the park is available at a cost of $2 a night (primitive) or $5 (with electric and water hookups). Paddle boats and bicycles are also available for more energetic visitors. In addition, a park pool for swimming is provided. Several trails from the nearby Linton Conservation Club lead into Sunset Park.

The lakes at the park contain an abundant supply of bass, red ear, blue gill, and other assorted fishes. Rock Pond and Sunset Lake are especially popular fishing spots.

Perhaps the main feature at this park is the scuba diving facilities, which is considered to be one of the most complete diving centers in the area. Scuba courses are offered for certification. The center has four instructors and nine PADI programs:

1. Open Water Diver

2. Skin Diver Courses

3. Rescue Diver

4. Wreck Diving

5. Navigation

6. Night Diving

7. Photography

8. Dive Master

9. Assistant Instructor Courses

The Open Water Diver Course is $165, with all equipment furnished except for a mask, snorkel, and fins, which are available for sale on the site. The Skin Diver Course is $25, and the Advanced Courses are $100.

 

REFERENCES

Robertson, Lana. "New Linton Park Board Is Planning Improvements and Additions to Parks," Linton Daily Citizen, March 31, 1998.

"Sunset Lake", a leaflet supplied by the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Linton, Indiana, 1998.

"Sunset Park in Linton Offers Camping, Fishing, Paddle Boats, Diving Instruction and More," Visitors and Newcomers Guide. Linton: Linton Daily Citizen, June 28, 1996, p. 54.