Current News

PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT accept credit cards. Payments for annual passes, program fees and rental fees must be cash or check!


06/01/21 – As of today the Allen County Board of Commissioners has lifted the mask mandate on all County owned facilities (with a couple of exceptions) therefore the Allen County Park and Recreation Board is lifting the requirement for masks in our park facilities. Distancing guidelines are still in place so capacities have NOT changed.

5/28/21 A note to Fox Island visitors, if the constant littering and trashing of the lake area at this park continues we will be forced to shut this area down to all users. It has become a huge problem this year. Please utilize trash containers or even better whatever you carry in, carry out with you!

05/03/21 Payton County Park users…The Allen County Highway Department announced that Dunton Road between Hathaway and Gump Roads will be closed for storm sewer work Tuesday May 4th through July 30th! 

04/26/21  We are happy to announce that on Saturday MAY 1st we will RE-OPEN our Nature Centers to the public starting at 9:00 am. It’s been a long time coming!! We still require face coverings while in the buildings and ask that you social distance yourself. Thank you and welcome back!

04/15/21 The contractor working along the Lake Road at Fox Island has completed most of their work. The road is now open to vehicular traffic. Please use caution when driving this road as more work is scheduled. Until we can be sure that freezing weather is over at night the Lake Restrooms will remain closed. Please no parking along this roadway.

04/15/21 Union Chapel Road west of Metea County Park is closed for crossover pipe installations however Metea County Park is STILL OPEN.   ROAD IS NOW OPEN 4/19/21

03/31/21 We hope you all have a great Easter Weekend. A note Nature Centers are still closed unless you have an appointment but we hope in the near future to be able to re-open. Restrooms are still available though from 10 am – 6 pm. Metea Nature Center will have no attendant on Sunday April 4th.

03/24/21 Spring appears to be here, come on out and hike the trails! We thank you all for your support over the last weird year. A possible good thing is that since you all couldn’t do much of anything else you found Allen County Parks! We hope you don’t forget about us as we return to semi normal times! And for the fun of it….

American Miles Per Gallon

A recent study conducted by Harvard University found that
the average American walks about 900 miles a year.

Another study by the American Medical Association found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

This means, on average….Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

Increase YOUR miles per gallon, come out to
Allen County Parks and take a hike!!!!

02/02/21 The Allen County Park and Recreation Board will meet in Executive Session on February 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm. Click here

01/22/21 The Allen County Park and Recreation Board meetings will now be held on the third Wednesday of every other month at 3:30 pm. Click here for future dates, times and locations.

Click here for link to Allen County Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on 1/21/21

12/19/21 Thanks to all that worked on the updated Fox Island Trail Map and installed new markers and posts at all intersections. Visit the Fox Island page to download or view the map.

12/30/20 ALLEN COUNTY PARKS WILL BE CLOSING AT 4:00 PM on DECEMBER 30th to allow our employees to celebrate New Years Eve. We will re-open on Friday January 1st at 9:00 AM. Good bye 2020!

12/21/20 ALLEN COUNTY PARKS WILL BE CLOSING AT 4:00 PM on DECEMBER 24th to allow our employees to be with their families on Christmas Eve. We will be CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY (the 25th) and will re-open on Saturday December 26th at 9:00 AM. We wish all a blessed and joyous holiday season.

11/24/20  The following special events and programs have been cancelled as of this date:

  • Nature’s Christmas at Metea – due to COVID
  • NO Cross country ski equipment rentals during 2020/2021. Park users may bring their own equipment and cross country ski when there are 4″ or more of snow. Park entry fee is required unless you have an annual pass.

11/17/20 It appears that due to the alarming rise in COVID, that Allen County will move from Orange on the COVID metrics map to Red tomorrow based on the earlier press conference held by the County and City today. This will drop the gathering limit from 50 people to 25 people immediately. The Allen County Park and Recreation Board and the staff strongly recommend that if you have a rental scheduled with us from now until the end of January 2021 that you cancel your planned event altogether or reschedule until a later date in 2021. Please contact us for more information. More information on our planned programs will be forthcoming.

11/17/20  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Allen County Park and Recreation Board to be held on November 19, 2021 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date due to the rising COVID 19 numbers in Allen County and the State of Indiana. Notice will be made when a new date is finalized. 

10/30/20 With Daylight Savings Time ending this weekend we will change to our standard winter hours of 9 am to 6 pm daily. This change will take effect on Monday November 2, 2020. Plan your visit accordingly as gate will be locked at 6:00 pm daily!!!!

10/30/20 As of this date the lake restrooms at Fox Island County Park are closed for the season!

10/30/20 Fox Island County Park users please be aware that Norfolk Southern is doing extensive crossing work in the southwest portion of Allen County! While we have some idea of when closures may occur the schedules we have found are not up to date at this time. Please check the Road Conditions Page for more information click here

10/27/20 A special meeting of the Allen County Park & Recreation Board will be held on October 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Click Here for more information.

10/27/20 The Allen County Park and Recreation Board will meet in Executive Session on October 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm. 

9/22/20 The Governor just announced he has decided we can go to Stage 5. Just as a clarification:

  • While Stage 5 states full capacity it is STILL WITH PROPER DISTANCING so if you are scheduled for a rental at one of our facilities (and we thank you) we are still at the capacities we have been since we opened back up for rentals and will be for the foreseeable future! So as far as Allen County Parks facilities are concerned…NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Sorry!
  • The mask mandate is still in effect. If you schedule an appointment to be in our nature centers please bring and wear a mask.

09/09/20 This coming Friday, September 11 is Patriot Day. In honor of this all First Responders are welcome to enjoy Allen County Parks, FREE of charge. Thank you for your service. 

09/09/20 As some of you have already found out Yohne Road (Fox Island) is closed temporarily for construction work on a crossing pipe. The closure occurs at the intersection of Branstrator and Ellison Roads. Fox Island County Park is still open. Visitors should use Smith Road to where it intersects with Yohne Road and head west to our entrance. Sorry for the inconvenience. The work should not take more than a couple of days.

09/08/20 Our hours have changed!! We now close at 7:00 PM which means gates are locked at 7:00 PM. Please plan your visit accordingly! Thank you for your cooperation! These hours will be in effect until the time changes in November.

08/10/20 A special meeting of the Allen County Park & Recreation Board will be held on August 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Click Here for more information.

8/03/20  Just a reminder, you may NOT erect tents and have ceremonies without making a reservation and payment before the event. 

07/27/20  Effective today if you call and schedule an appointment for entry into the Nature Centers for annual pass purchases, rental payments, or program registrations as well as use of the restrooms masks are now required due to the Governors Mandate. Stay safe and healthy. Nature Centers are closed but you may make an appointment by calling either Nature Center. Restrooms are available at both from 10am to 6pm daily, please plan accordingly.

06/29/20 Allen County Trailblazers program has started for the 2020 season. Click Here for more information and to register. A great way to get out of the house and visit some great areas.


06/12/20 We have started nature programming again. Please note you MUST preregister in order to participate due to COVID.  Click here to go to our program calendar.

06/01/20  Our “Back on the Trail” re-opening schedule is listed below. Of special note, Nature Centers remain closed but you may make an appointment from 10 am – 6 pm for the following: Annual pass purchases, rental payments and reservations, program payments and registrations. Also, nature programs are by registration ONLY. You must be registered to participate!

Simply call one of the Nature Centers at Fox Island 449-3180 or Metea 449-3777. 


04/16/20 We added a YouTube Channel – YouTube Channel

04/15/20 Me again – Well its April 15th!! In a normal year some of us would be scrambling to get our taxes done and mailed. Not normal anymore! 🙁 We’re still open. Nothing has changed too much but will await word for the Governor later this week. In the mean time we added an Owl Program along with a quiz and answer sheet (don’t cheat) to our Self Guided Activities Page.

04/08/20 Note from Superintendent – we’re still open for daily visitors (9 am – 7 pm) and will remain so as long as everyone follows the rules (no large gatherings, playground equipment closed, social distancing etc). Nature Centers are closed but restrooms are available.

To those of you that have paid your entry fees we VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT as this is how we must pay the bills!! We know times are tough so if you haven’t or can’t afford to, that’s OK just remember us when things get back to normal. If you’ve been coming to the parks and paying daily consider purchasing an Annual Pass, they are good for one year from purchase date and are good at both Fox Island and Metea County Parks. You can click here and download the form. Fill it out and mail it back to us along with your check and we’ll send it out to your home as quickly as possible. 

03/25/20 Note from Superintendent – No news, thankfully although the Stay at Home Order has been given. Parks still remain open, with the restrictions listed below from 3/23/20. Remember if you are coming out please practice safe distancing from each other. Also as noted below playgrounds are closed to play. Scroll down for link to Self Guided Activities.
03/24/20 Note from Superintendent – As of right now you are still welcome to visit and hike BUT PLEASE DO NOT COME IN LARGE GROUPS. Distancing is still in effect. We do not want to be put in a position where we have to close the parks due to large crowds gathering!!

03/24/20 Link to Fox Island Facebook page with Jeff Ormiston’s awesome videos on salamander larvae along with many other cool things! Also check out the self guided activities link below.

03/23/20 Link to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Governor’s latest Executive Order. An excerpt from this includes this:

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

County Parks remain open with same restrictions at this time.

03/23/20 Links to Self Guided Activities here

NO we are NOT renting cross country skis!!!! 03/23/20

Note from the Superintendent: 03/20/20

The staff at County Parks hopes that all of you are well and staying healthy! If you’re not you’re most certainly in our prayers.

If you are healthy and more than likely stuck at home, a good walk in the woods or prairie can be quite uplifting. OBVIOUSLY IF OUR LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY STAY HOME THEN LISTEN!! I just came back from outside the Nature Center and all the critters are having a wonderful time (they don’t watch the news evidently), the birds are singing, frogs are going nuts, we found salamander larvae, squirrels and chipmunks are still busy so the animal world is still conducting a show for all of us humans.

To that end we wanted to update you on a few items:

  • Read Press Release 03/20/20 click here
  • The parks will remain open during our normal hours (9 am – 7 pm)
  • Nature Centers are closed to the public but restrooms will be available via alternate methods. Signs will be posted.
  • All scheduled programs ARE CANCELLED through the end of April
  • All volunteer activities are CANCELLED through the end of April
  • All scheduled rentals are in the process of either being rescheduled or cancelled through the end of April. Our cancellation policies are temporarily suspended so refunds will be available although the process may take time. Staff will be contacting all renters via email and phone to discuss process.

If things change we will update accordingly!