Jennings County—There’s something here for everyone

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Jon VonDielingen of Seymour fishes with his two children, Carly VonDieligen, 12, and Jacob VonDieligen, 8, on Saturday at Stanfield Lake in Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. More than 15 people were fishing on Stanfield Lake Saturday afternoon. Despite warm air-temperatures fishers reported ice depths ranging between 6-10 inches depending on location on the lake. The park does recommend that ice fishers do not fish on ice of less than 4 inches thick, and always ice fish with other people to prevent accidents. The park also warns that ice fishers fish at their own risk, as the park has not checked ice thickness in more than 5 years.


Let the peace and tranquility of nature beckon you to Southeast Central Indiana’s outdoor hidden gems such as Big Oaks and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuges, Crosley State Fish and Wildlife Area, Selmier State Forest and Muscatatuck Park, all nestled in Jennings County, an hour southeast of Indianapolis. Cozy up to a crackling fire at White Oak Lodge, with its rustic elegance, just outside North Vernon, to serve as home base.

Then, after a day of hiking or hunting, settle in for a wine tasting at the historic Stream Cliff Winery in Commiskey, or visit Classic Stained Glass and Gift Gallery in North Vernon, for the best in stained glass supplies and personalized designs. Enjoy a steaming latte or homemade soup, from a variety of local eateries, to warm you up along the way.


Jennings County pic of cardinal

DAY 1— Spend the day in North Vernon, a city just south of Columbus and bustling in rebirth. Visit local merchants like the Classic Stained Glass Gallery, Sharynn’s Quilt Box, Spice Cabinet, Perfect Day Café and antique shops offering unique gifts not found anywhere else.

DAY 2— Another must-see stop on your itinerary is Stream Cliff Herb Farm and Winery. Dating back to 1820, it offers lush gardens, charming shops, cafes and a top-notch winery. This six-generation family farm offers something for everyone.

DAY 3— Spend quality outdoor time at Muscatatuck Park—a crown jewel in Jennings County, this local park is fast becoming an adventure lover’s dream with year-round events, including top-notch mountain biking trails.

DAY 4— Relax at a rustic retreat, White Oak Lodge, a serene setting for any gathering. Acres of privacy surround a picturesque log cabin over-looking two ponds just waiting to be fished. Six themed bedrooms, each with a private bath, and majestic fireplace in the open lodge-like living room make this a slice of heaven.