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Last updated: Mon. May. 19, 2014 - 06:30 am EDT

New zip line course to open Friday at Camp Timber Lake southwest of Fort Wayne

The course will include eight zip lines and four "adventure" bridges.

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What: Zip Timber Lake offers guided tours on a course consisting of eight zip lines and four adventure bridges. You must weigh more than 50 pounds and less than 275 pounds.

When: Scheduled to open Friday for the season. Tours offered at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and by appointment.

Where: Camp Timber Lake, 1740 E. Road 675N, Huntington. From Fort Wayne, take U.S. 24 west about 9 miles to Huntington County Road 675N (south of Roanoke), and go west less than 2 miles to Camp Timber Lake.

Cost: Weekdays, $45, ages 14 and younger; $60, adults. Weekends, $50, ages 14 and younger, $65, adults. Make reservations at www.ziptimberlake.com, or call 672-3251 for groups.

Information: 672-3251, www.ziptimberlake.com or https://www.facebook.com/ziptimberlake

Note: You cannot go on the zip line if pregnant or if a medical condition prevents you from physical exertion. Guests also should wear closed-toe shoes.

Camp Timber Lake

The campground offers camping ranging from primitive tent sites to full-service RV sites and cabin and RV rental. Amenities include hiking, swimming beach, boating, pay fishing and more.

For rates and information, go to www.camptimberlakeIN.com or call 672-3251.

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When in search of a little fun and adventure, you previously had to drive about three hours to reach the nearest zip line course. Soon, you'll need to travel less than 30 minutes.

The eight-line Zip Timber Lake course is scheduled to open Friday at Camp Timber Lake, which is located on Huntington County Road 675N southwest of Roanoke.

The course includes a mix of shorter and longer runs that send you flying through the tree canopy or over portions of the campground's 12-acre lake, said Jonathan Kline, who operates Camp Timber Lake and the zip line course with his wife, Olivia.

“It's a nice pace,” Olivia Kline said. “You are not all the time exerting yourself.”

The course includes a dual zip, where people can race against each other across a lake inlet, and the final zip line, which starts 70 feet above ground and sends you whizzing 1,000 feet across the lake at speeds that can reach 40 mph, Jonathan said.

Getting to the 1,000-foot zip line involves the added thrill of being hoisted to the launch platform by a “sky hook” line that pulls you to the top, he said.

The course also includes four airborne “adventure” bridges, ranging from a series of platforms suspended like small clouds in the air to a bridge where you walk along a cable while holding support cables on each side of you.

While crossing bridges, people are hooked to safety lines so they won't fall to the ground if they misstep.

Completing the course will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, the Klines said. Guides will lead you through the course and joke and banter with guests to add entertainment to the experience.

Cost is $45 for youth and $60 for adults on weekdays, and $5 more for each on weekends. Reservations are being accepted now at www.ziptimberlake.com. Groups can make reservations by calling 672-3251.

The Klines believe Zip Timber Lake is the first zip line course in northern Indiana.

The couple first tried a zip line course while on a missions trip in 2010 in Honduras, Jonathan said.

They traveled to Kentucky last July to try another one while celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary. It was so much fun, they ended up going to three or four zip line parks in that area, he said.

The visits also started him thinking about their 65-acre campground, which includes rolling hills and woods around three sides of the lake.

“On our anniversary trip, I actually called some (zip line course) developers and started talking to some of those guys,” he said.

In late August, they had a state-certified arborist check trees in which they wanted to install zip line platforms to make sure the trees are healthy and solid, Jonathan said. They hired professionals to rig up the galvanized steel cable zip lines, and the Klines and camp staff built all of the platforms and structures.

Once installed, they had the course inspected by representatives from the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) to verify its safety.

Zip Timber Lake normally will be open April through October, and by appointment. The Klines also are considering whether to have special Halloween and Christmas zip line tours.

kkilbane@news-Sentinel.com


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