4 Activities for an Amazing Active Outdoor Experience

Party Barges on Salamonie Lake

What better way to get out on one of the top ten largest lakes in the state than on a party barge complete with 20-25 of your best friends? We can’t think of one either. Rent one of the barges from Pirates Cove Marina for the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so that you can explore Salamonie Lake or park and swim (did we mention the barges have built in slides?). This is great for bachelor/bachelorette parties, family get-togethers, team-building or just because it’s time to have fun! They also have pontoons and kayaks if you don’t need this large of a boat. Regardless, you can’t beat a day on the lake! Top it off with camping at Salamonie’s campground, do some hiking or fishing and end the day with a bonfire and s’mores. Did you know that you can select and reserve your campsite ahead of time online? Perfect!


Zip Line Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake

I’m completely afraid of heights, but the fun and excitement at Zip Timber Lake made me forget all about it. Make your reservations for the “High Adventure Canopy Tour” at Zip Timber Lake and you will not be disappointed. Once you graduate from ground school, they will have you zipping between trees, racing, maneuvering over challenging bridges and climbing inside a tunnel. They save the best part for last and take you on a grand finale zip over 1000′ across their pristine lake. Not only is this a fun way to test your skills, but it’s a great team building and bonding experience between the members of the group. Registration is online and you can select the time that works best for you. The zip line experience is located at Camp Timber Lake so make it an overnight affair and rent a campsite to continue the adventure.


Roush and Hillside Shooting Ranges

Want to test out your target skills? We have two great options for you to practice safely with your firearms. Hillside Shooting Sport attracts men and women from around the state with multiple firearms experiences including rifle/pistol ranges, tower hunts, archery, trap/skeet and they offer onsite training programs and a full service gunshop. Just outside of Huntington is the Roush outdoor shooting range with 33 stations – 50 or 100 yards and a pistol range. They also have an archery range as well. These are links to Roush and Hillside’s website pages.


New Lake Clare Fitness Park

On the outskirts of Huntington, is the newest addition to our outdoor challenges, the Lake Clare Fitness Park. Since it’s recent opening, athletes of all ages have been pushing themselves to complete the course and are having a ball doing it. There’s actually two courses, one is a moderate level course and the other is for those wanting a more difficult set of obstacles. Scale the wall, balance on beams, climb the rope and maneuver over the tires – there are 20 obstacles and we know you will want to try them all! There’s no cost to use the park and it’s open daily. There is no official website for Lake Clare but you can find additional details on our Sports, Recreation and Fitness page under the Lake Clare Fitness Park listing.


Here are links to additional outdoor activities:

Enjoy this Slice of Americana: Head to the Drive In

Conquer the Flying Squirrel at Zip Timber Lake

Local Waterways Create Perfect Backdrop for Trails



Posted by Tina Bobilya at 3:47 pm