We know all too well here in Indiana that the weather seemingly can change in an instant this time of year as Fall makes its way out and Winter tries to force its way in. One day we're enjoying temperatures in the 60s or 70s, the next it could be in the upper 20s with a few inches of snow on the ground. It's a good reminder that we need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings, especially when it comes to keeping ourselves warm.

Lincoln State Park in Spencer County Offering Firewood for $10 per Pickup Truck Load

While the various winter outlooks can't seem to agree on whether or not we'll see snow this year, we know it will be cold. It is winter, after all, and that likely means you'll be kicking on the furnace to try and not freeze to death. However, considering the cost of energy these days, you may choose to keep the thermostat just high enough to keep frost from forming on the windows. But if you have the benefit of having a fireplace or wood-burning stove in your home, it means making sure you have enough firewood on hand to burn through what may be some bitterly cold winter months.

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While you could buy firewood from a gas station, or a store like Rural King or Tractor Supply, assuming they sell it, you'll probably spend $20 to $30 on a preset stack they put together that may last you a week, maybe two depending on how often you plan on using your fireplace. Of course, you could luck out and find someone giving it away for free, but I'm guessing the likelihood of that is pretty slim. What you could do instead is head to Lincoln State Park and get a whole pickup truckload of it for just $10.

Family warming feet at a fireplace
Catherine Yeulet

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently announced it's offering firewood-cutting permits to residents from now until February 29th, 2024. The permits allow you to cut up and remove certain downed trees at the park to use as your firewood. All trees available to be cut into firewood have fallen due to natural causes or purposely fallen by the park's staff for one reason or another.

The Department says fallen trees "may be cut up to 30 feet from roadsides in designated areas." However, you cannot take your vehicle off-road to go get it and you can't drive a tractor or ATV either. You also can't do it whenever you feel like it. The only time cutting and removing of wood is allowed is between 8:45 AM and 3:30 PM Central Time daily.

Permits cost $10 each and get you one truckload of wood. If you want more than one truckload, you'll have to acquire a permit for each load which isn't a bad deal considering how much wood you should be able to fit in the bed of your pickup truck.

For more information on getting a firewood permit, call the Lincoln State Park office at 812-937-4710.

[Source: Indiana DNR]

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