Switzerland County is home to many beautiful parks along the river, offering a scenic haven for picnics, playing, boating, or taking a stroll. With picnic season in full swing, it is time to get outside and experience the parks Switzerland County has to offer.
Ogle Riverfront Park
Most popularly known for being the stomping grounds of the Swiss Wine Festival, this park serves as a gathering place for the community. Ogle Park offers a baseball field, big open fields for Frisbee, large, new playground equipment, scenic benches, boat ramp, amphitheater, skate park, camping, public bathrooms, and shelters for covered picnics. This park is conveniently just a hop and a skip down Ferry Street from Roxano’s Italian Restaurant and the Historic Hoosier Theater. (Just a tip – you can order carryout from Roxano’s to enjoy at the park!)
This quaint little park is seated atop the hill at the end of Arch Street, and it hosts an adorable covered picnic area perfect for a more intimate visit with just a few people. (On the flip side – if and when it ever snows in Vevay this hill is the best there is for sledding!)
While it is the one park that doesn’t have a river view, it won’t let down the little ones with its play equipment! This park is located on the corner of Vineyard and Pike Streets, just a few blocks from the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds. As with most locations in the town of Vevay, you’re within walking distance to restaurants and convenience stores to grab a snack or drink to take along.
Markland Dam Park
In crossing the Markland Dam, you can look to the east and see Belterra Casino and to the west you will see Markland Dam Park. With four baseball diamonds, a basketball court, two sets of playground equipment, and stairs that lead down to the river’s edge this park is worth a visit! The ball fields are home to the Markland Dam Little League baseball, softball, and tee-ball that fills the park with children and cheering family members over the summer.
Patriot Memorial and Harris Park
Patriot may be a small town but will not disappoint with its breathtaking river views. Where 3rd Street turns into Front Street, there sits a gorgeous covered gazebo for watching barges and riverboats go by without a factory in sight. With Fisk’s Grocery being just a block away, forget about packing a lunch when you can just grab a delicious lunch meat sandwich and snacks with a drink to go.
Walking a few blocks up from the river, you will pass Patriots’ Memorial Park, in memorial of the men and women of the armed forces. This park has a small sitting area under a gazebo, and a beautiful dedication to those who serve and have served. Across the street is a fun playground, basketball court, and baseball field with plenty of picnic tables and benches.
Patriot Boat Launch
Continuing down Indiana 156 for about a third of a mile from the town of Patriot you will come to the Patriot Boat Launch. There is a huge parking lot to maneuver trucks with boats in tow, and a very large covered shelter with dozens of picnic tables. Off the back corner of the parking lot is a trail that runs adjacent to the river that will walk through a grove of tree shaded benches, fire pits, and a shelter with a picnic table with a spectacular view of the river. This park area is absolutely beautiful as it is tucked away, secluding yourself with the quiet part of the river and the wildlife it is home to. All of this is settled between the waters of the Ohio River and Wade Creek.
For more information on any of the parks
Feel free to explore the Switzerland County Tourism’s website to find more information, or call 812-427-3237