by reservation only, CCC Recreation Building is a historic
enclosed shelter with a long and interesting past. The shelter
seats 75 people with 2 picnic tables outside and 14 folding
tables and 75 folding chairs inside.
building also offers 100 amp electrical service with 12 outlets,
drinking water, a group grill, new commercial range, refrigerator,
3 sinks and a modern toilet. There is a fireplace inside for
heating only, though you must bring your own wood. Additional
modern restrooms are just a short walk down the road at the
Canyon Inn or at Stoney
is parking for about 5 vehicles located near the shelter, which
is directly in front of Trailside
Shelter. There is also a parking lot with space for 25 vehicles
across the road in front of the Recreation
Center and Camp Store.
In its long history the CCC Recreation Building served
first as an open shelter for Purdue University civil engineering
students. It was later enclosed by the Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC) and used as their recreation hall during their stay
at McCormick's Creek from 1933 to 1935.
the departure of the CCC the building was changed into the park's
"Nature Museum". When the Nature Museum closed in
the 1960s the shelter was sealed up, used for storage, and fell
into disrepair. However, McCormick's Creek
State Park staff, along with volunteers from the Friends
of McCormick's Creek State Park group, restored the building
and opened it as a new reservable shelter in 2004.
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on rental rates and making reservations.
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