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A new National Park Service report shows Indiana‘s national parks generated $82 million, attracted 1.9 million visitors and supported almost 1,200 jobs statewide in 2013.
According to the report, those figures are slightly down from 2012, when parks took in $88.5 million and took in 2.15 visitors.
The report blamed the decline on the government shutdown last October that lasted more than two weeks.
Most park visitor spending went toward lodging, food and beverages which made up a combined 57.6 percent. Admissions and fees, gas and oil, souvenirs and other expenses made up the rest.
The report concluded that park tourism continues to be a big player in the national economy.
Indiana‘s national parks include Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Park.