Northern Indiana State Parks
Indiana State Parks in the northern part of the state offer everything from soaring sand dunes to lakeside relaxation to rugged hiking. Folks who visit multiple State Parks collect memories for a lifetime.
About This Road Trip
Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park offers three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan's southern shoreline. Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan, providing amazing views for those who climb to the top.
Pokagon State Park
Enjoy beautiful Lake James when you visit Pokagon State Park in Angola. You can stay in the fishing lodge-themed Potawatomi Inn, which is next to the Midwest's only refrigerated toboggan run (come back in the winter to enjoy that). Fun fact: this park is named after Leopold and Simon Pokagon, two notable leaders of the Potawatomi.
Chain O’Lakes State Park
As its name implies, Chain O'Lakes State Park has nine connecting lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 23 miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin, visit the park’s historic one-room Stanley Schoolhouse, or explore the Nature Center.
Prophetstown State Park
Prophetstown State Park is Indiana's newest, featuring dramatic prairie and restored wet slopes called fens. It is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash near the town of Battle Ground northeast of Lafayette. Through a unique partnership with The Farm at Prophetstown, visitors can discover 1920s farm lifestyles, Native American culture and take a stroll through 900 acres of restored prairie.
Ouabache State Park
Ouabache is the French spelling of a Miami Indian word and is simply pronounced "Wabash," like the river that forms the southwest boundary of Ouabache State Park. There is fishing, hiking and camping, and a bicycle greenway connects the park to Bluffton.
Potato Creek State Park
A variety of natural habitats await at Potato Creek State Park, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Bring your horse for the bridle trails or fishing poles for the lake. Canoe rental is also available.
Tippecanoe River State Park
Canoers and kayakers love paddling along at Tippecanoe River State Park. There are also 23 miles of trails, 14 of which are shared by horses and hikers. Camping ranges from primitive to electric.
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