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WINTER CAMPING AT POKAGON: Most campgrounds at Pokagon, except for Campground 3, are closed for the winter. Sites in campground 3 are first-come first-served walk-in only sites until April 29, 2015. A heated comfort station is available. Thank you.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE INFO: Blue-green algae (BGA) is found in our lakes year round. When conditions are right, cells can reproduce in large numbers, and can result in a harmful algal bloom (HAB). We test many of our beaches where people use the water in the summer, but HABs may occur in other seasons too. Watch for algae accumulation, avoid drinking or cooking with lake water, and do not allow children or pets to swim where algae accumulation is present. For more information, visit www.algae.IN.gov or read our FAQ sheet here.
INDIANA DNR FIREWOOD RULE: Firewood Alert: Indiana DNR Firewood Rule - Important for Campers and Picnickers. Review details at www.firewood.dnr.in.gov before you visit!
Pokagon State Park, IN
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
DescriptionPokagon State Park is located near Angola, just off I-69. The park was originally called Lake James State Park when proposed to be the fifth Indiana State Park in 1925. The name was changed to Pokagon State Park to acknowledge the rich Native American heritage of the state and region. Leopold and Simon Pokagon were father and son and the last two most notable leaders of the Potawatomi. The park's Potawatomi Inn takes its name from these Native Americans, who made their home in the area. The inn, with its up-north fishing-lodge theme, is one of the Midwest's most popular resorts and conference centers.
Being one of the state's original parks, Pokagon features the unique work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose members lived and worked at Pokagon from 1934 to 1942. The "boys of the CCC" built the beautiful stone and log structures that dot the park landscape and provide accent to the rolling wooded hills, wetlands and open meadows.
Natural lakes created by glaciers that melted 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, highlight Steuben County, which has more lakes than any other Indiana county. The park is framed by Lake James and Snow Lake, which offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing and scenic sunsets.
Pokagon is also Indiana State Parks' winter wonderland, with cross-country ski rental, sledding, ice fishing and a twin-track toboggan run... "What a thrill!"... That's what you'll say once you've experienced the quarter-mile, refrigerated toboggan run at speeds of 35-40 mph. The toboggan run operates weekends from the Friday after Thanksgiving through February, with extended hours during the Christmas holidays. For hours, more information, and to take a virtual ride, visit www.tobogganrun.com
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Alerts and Important InformationCHAIN O'LAKES STATE PARK - 45 MINUTES
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
FROM THE NORTH: I-69 SOUTH TO EXIT 154 (LAKE JAMES) FOLLOW SIGNS TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE SOUTH: I-69 NORTH TO EXIT 154 (LAKE JAMES) FOLLOW SIGNS TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE EAST: I-80/90 WEST TO EXIT 144 (I-69 SOUTH) GO SOUTH TO EXIT 154 (LAKE JAMES) FOLLOW SIGNS TO PARK ENTRANCE. FROM THE WEST I-89/90 EAST TO EXIT 144 (I-69 SOUTH) GO SOUTH TO EXIT 154 (LAKE JAMES) FOLLOW SIGNS TO PARK ENTRANCE.
Mailing Address:Pokagon State Park
450 LANE 100 LAKE JAMES
ANGOLA IN 46703
Phone Number:Information: (260)833-2012