March 18, 2009 The Wyandotte Cave complex will be closed to commercial tours during the 2009 recreation season for maintenance and repairs.
O'Bannon Woods State Park, which manages the facility, has called for the temporary closure to work on the cave lighting system and plan improvements to the visitors center, rest rooms, picnic areas and grounds.
"We have closed Big Wyandotte Cave for several years during the fall, winter and spring to protect hibernating, federally-endangered Indiana bats," Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship, said.
"That leaves a very short window of time in the summer for maintenance. It's a tough decision, but closing this season allows us to develop the best overall plan for future management."
There will still be opportunities to tour the little cave known as Sibert's Cave (Little Wyandotte Cave) on two event days to be announced later. One event will be to teach schools groups about the Indiana bat; the other will allow the general public to tour the little cave, learn about cave geology and wildlife, and ask questions about the Wyandotte Caves facility.