Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Visit to Pokagon State Park, Indiana

Lake James - Pokagon State Park
A Visit to Pokagon State Park, Indiana
Nestled in northern Indiana's lake country, Pokagon State Park has everything you would expect from an Indiana State Park.  It also boasts some extras you might not expect. This Indiana State Park travel guide describes all the amenities of this popular state park. It also includes many of the wonderful attractions of Angola and Steuben County, Indiana. It also provides information about nearby Trine State Recreation Area. Pokagon State Park is also just a short distance from Nappanee, Indiana. Nappanee is the heart of the northern Indiana Amish country.
Potawatamie Inn - Pokagon State Park
Potawatamie Inn
Potawatamie Inn is a large complex. It has many small nooks tucked away in odd places to relax with a book or a jigsaw puzzle, which all the inns have in abundance. Potawatomi is a one level facility. It has a swimming pool, dining room, great room with fireplace, gift shop and many other amenities. There is free wireless internet access in all the rooms and public areas.
Pokagon State Park Meeting and Conference Facilities
The resort at Pokagon State Park consists of 11,000 square feet spread out in nine meeting room. This conference center is the most popular resort in the Indiana State Park system. The Indiana State Park resort system is among the busiest state park system in the United States. Nine suites join the 137 guest rooms in the inn. The Inn's restaurant provides in house catering for banquets, conferences and other events.
Potawatomi Inn
6 Lane 100A Lake James
Angola, IN 46703
260-833-1077

Lake James - Pokagon State Park
Lake James - Pokagon State Park
Lake James
This natural lake of 1,200 acres is Indiana's fourth largest natural glacial lake. James Watson Riley surveyed the area in 1831 a year after the native Potawotomi Indians left the area. Many think he named it after the males in his family named James, of which there were three. His father, he and a son all bore the first name, James.  The lake includes three sections, the First, Second and Third Basins. Pokagon State Park borders all three sections, plus Snow Lake to the north, which connects to Lake James.
Camping - Cabins
Pokagon State Park has the full range of camping facilities available at Indiana State Parks. The facilities include:
Full Service Campground
Youth Campground
Group Campground
Full Service Campground
The campground is on the north side of the park just east of the Upper Basin of Lake James. There are 200 electric sites and 73 non-electric sites. The campground facilities include a picnic and fire ring at each site. Flush toilets, hot water and shower facilities located at convenient spots around the campground. There is also a dumping station. Reservations are available through the Central Reservation System.
Historic Cabins
Pokagon State Park offers seven historic cabins, each with a pair of double beds. Each rustic historic cabin at the park includes air conditioning, heat and a television. Maid service is also available daily.
Cabin Suites
Cabins suites at Pokagon State Park can sleep up to five people. The park offers four Cabin suites for overnight stays. Each cabin includes two queen beds and a single bed, plus a separate living room and dining room. Also, a cabin suite includes a coffee maker, microwave, compact refrigerator, two televisions, a table and chairs, and a writing desk
Hiking Trails - Pokagon State Park
Hiking Trails - Pokagon State Park
Hiking
Hiking Trails at Pokagon State Park
NOTE Link trails to my corresponding narrative about my hike
Pokagon State Park has nine marked hiking trails that total eleven miles. The trails range from easy to moderate with most accessible from the Inn and campground.
Toboggan Run - Pokagon State Park
Toboggan Run - Pokagon State Park
Toboggan Run
The toboggans Run allows riders to race down the hill for over 1700 feet on the refrigerated tracks. There are twin tracks, so two toboggans can run at a time. the toboggan Run has about 90,000 riders during the season. It features a ninety-foot drop and takes about forty seconds to complete. The highest recorded speed is forty-two miles per hour. The run is close to the inn. There is a heated refreshment building with hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Observers can sit inside watching the toboggans race downhill through the windows.
 Skiing and Winter Sports
In addition to the toboggan run, other winter activities at Pokagon include sledding; ice skating, cross-country skiing (rental), camping and ice fishing.

Pokagon State Park  Saddle Barn
Pokagon State Park  Saddle Barn
Saddle Horses
Pokagon's saddle barn is open seasonally and offers rental horses and guided horse trail rides. There are hayrides on designated evenings. The bridle trail is two miles long and there is a shorter pony trail. There is no day use area for horses at this park.

Fishing
Lake James provides a wonderful place to fish, either from the bank or a boat. There is no public boat access at the park. However,  visitors may fish from the fishing dock, from the bank or a rented boat available at the boat rental station.
Pokagon State Park Swimming
Beach access at Pokagon State Park is free, but visitors do need to pay a gate fee to get in the park. There is a bathhouse with showers. The beach may close late in the season. It may also close when there is no lifeguard available to staff it. The beach opens the Saturday before Memorial Day and closed after Labor Day.
Picnic Shelters And Recreation Buildings
Pokagon State Park has picnic areas and shelters scattered around the park. Visitors may rent some of these shelters for family reunions, company functions, etc. To rent, visit this link.
Pokagon State Park offers a stunning variety of family friendly activities that range far beyond the scope of this article. For more information about the  park and nearby Trine State Recreation Area, see the author's book, listed below. The book also includes several nearby attractions like Beechwood Nature Preserve and Marsh Lake Wildlife Refuge.
Nestled in northern Indiana's lake country, Pokagon State Park has everything you would expect from an Indiana State Park.  It also boasts some extras you might not expect. This Indiana State Park travel guide describes all the amenities of this popular state park. It also includes many of the wonderful attractions of Angola and Steuben County, Indiana. It also provides information about nearby Trine State Recreation Area. Pokagon State Park is also just a short distance from Nappanee, Indiana. Nappanee is the heart of the northern Indiana Amish country.


A Visit to Pokagon State Park, Indiana
A Visit to Pokagon State Park, Indiana
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