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Chain O'Lakes State Park
CHAIN O'LAKES STATE PARK
CHAIN O'LAKES STATE PARK
2355 E. 75 South
Albion, Indiana   46701

Phone: 260-636-2654
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 260-636-2654
Chain O'Lakes State Park

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Chain O'Lakes State Park
'Waterways Walkways'
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One of the many channels through Chain O Lakes

Chain O'Lakes State Park
'Nature Center'
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Chain O'Lakes State Park
'Finster Lake'
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One of the many small lakes in the park

Chain O'Lakes State Park
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Chain O'Lakes State Park
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Chain O'Lakes State Park

Chain O'Lakes State Park

Chain O'Lakes State Park

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This is lake country and a small boater's paradise. Eight connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures at Chain O'Lakes State Park in Noble County. Paddle through the chain, hike the trails, or attend a nature program in the park's 'old schoolhouse' nature center. At nearby Rome City, you can visit the Gene Stratton-Porter Home, State Historic Site.
Nature of the Area
The land making up Chain O Lakes State Park is chiefly fresh waterbog over deep peat deposits. The river bluff areas and gently sloping morainal hills rise to 200 feet, and were deposited by Illinois' last glacier.

Chain O' Lakes has a mixture of oak and hickory hardwood timber. The park also contains cherry, elm, birch, sumac and spruce with rich colors that attract numerous visitors each fall, plus some scattered pine plantings.

Nature lovers will find a rich assortment of wildflowers in the spring, summer and fall.

Grass Lake once was almost entirely covered with American Lotus each summer, and attracted great crowds including tour boats, annually. The lake still contains some areas of lotus.

Two hundred acres of restored native prairie provide nesting habitat for grassland bird species.

Some of the wildlife you are likely to encounter within the park are white-tailed deer, rabbits, ground squirrels, chipmunks, mink, opossum, skunks, raccoons, gophers, fox, badgers, beaver, coyotes, and groundhogs. A check-list of the nearly 200 birds that have been identified in the park is available at the park office.
History of the Area
The Chain O Lakes area was inhabited by central Algonquian Tribes when Europeans first arrived in the Mid-1600's. The predominant tribes in the region at that time were the Miami, Mascouten and Potawatomi. These Native American groups led a semi-mobile lifestyle and grew corn, hunted, fished and gathered wild plant foods.

Joliet and Marquette passed through what today is Chain O Lakes State Park in 1673, as they traveled the Fox River during their Illinois explorations. French trappers and traders were the first Europeans to explore the area. The first European settlement was at Fort Hill, near Mundelein, a large mound rising out of the prairie, formerly a lookout point for the Indians.

Chain O Lakes became a state park in 1945, when the State of Illinois made an initial purchase of 840 acres. In the 1930's a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp became the Chain O Lakes Conservation Area. This land was incorporated into the state park in 1957. The farm at the park was purchased by the Department of Conservation in 1969. The property was originally owned by the Stevens family, farmers who received the land under a land grant in 1843.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimative, #82
 Electric Sites, #331
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Camper Cabinsyes
 Group Campyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
 Activitiesyes
Cabins
Enjoy a family cabin with your loved ones in an Indiana State Park this year. The cabins offer privacy and comfort with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and modern bathroom facilities.
Camping
* Electric / 331 sites * Non-Electric / 49 sites * Primitive / 33 sites * Rally Camp / 4 sites * Canoe Camp * Youth Tent Areas * Campground Reservations * Camp Store * Dumping Station
Nearby Accommodations
Quality Inn Suites - Columbia City, INHotels/Motels
We provide easy access to area attractions and businesses. Only minutes from the Fort Wayne International Airport, Chain O' Lakes State Park and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy having fun at nearby Paige's Crossing family entertainment park. Free wireless high-speed Internet.
12.9 miles from park*
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Boating
There is no charge to launch boats at the park, nor is there any horsepower limitations on boats using any of the Chain O' Lakes. Electric trolling motors only are allowed on boats on Turner Lake, a 44 acre lake in the park. A user fee is required for all boats using the Chain O Lakes charged by the Fox Waterway Agency. Stickers are available at the park concession stand/boat launch.


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Picnicking
The park features seven picnic areas with tables, water fountains, grills and toilets. Oak Grove, Maple Grove and Oak Point have playground equipment. Oak Pont, Deer path, Oak Grove and Catfish Cove have picnic shelters. Reservations and a $25 fee are required for shelters. Groups of 25 or more must secure advanced written permission for picnics from the Park Office.
Trails
Chain O Lakes has four trail systems. The Nature's Way hiking trail starts at Oak Grove Picnic Area and is 2 ? miles in length. The Pike Marsh North Picnic Area has a trail especially designed for disabled users that is ? mile long. The park also contains an equestrian trail with three loops and a total length of 8 miles. Visitors can bring in their own horses for enjoyment on the trail. A parking lot for horse trailers with access to the equestrian trails is located near the park entrance. A biking/hiking trail, 6 miles in length can be accessed at any picnic area between the concession stand and the park office. In the winter all trails can be used by cross-country skiers with the park office doubling as a warming house on weekends with 3" of snow; hours are 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Area Attractions
At nearby Rome City, you can visit the Gene Stratton-Porter Home, state historic site.

* Boat Launch Ramp * Boating / Elect. motor only * Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal) * Shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Rental-Canoe, Paddleboat, Kayak and Rowboat. Canoe rental on weekends & holiday by the hour only. * Cross-County Skiing / No Ski Rental * Fishing / Ice Fishing * Hiking Trails * Swimming / Beach
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 18 One of our favorites by Marilyn
We enjoy the boating/kayaking from lake to lake, enjoy birding, and the campfire on the lake. This weekend was our first time kayaking in the dark. It was really great.
August 18 Nice Place To Camp by Ryan Newman Fan
Nice, clean campground. Some spots may be a little small for larger units, so make sure to check length of site. Bathhouses need updated. As said by many here, the showers suck. You can not control them and they are all burning hot. The beach is nice, but can get very crowded by locals in the community coming into the park for the day. This state park is one of the few with a camp store. This is by far the best camp store we have seen yet. A great choice for a weekend camping trip.
August 7 HOT by PAM
Great park, nice beach, but the showers are VERY HOT TO HOT FOR KIDS AND ME.
July 25 Great Park by The Smiths
We camped for a week with our 4 kids and loved it, even in the 90+ weather. The beach was nice and canoeing was great. Shower/bathroom houses were well kept.
June 27 Lots to do
This is an absolutely beautiful place. The cabins are wonderful, the beach is immaculate, the trails incredible. Love it!
June 22
love your camping but showers were to hot.
March 11 UN-FUN CAMPING by un happy camper
WHY IS RALLY AREA FOR PRIMATIVE CAMPING BEING CHARGED PER HEAD COUNT.THE SITES ON MAIN CAMP GROUNDGROUND ALLOW 6 PEOPLE PER SITE WHATS GOING ON LETS REAL THATS UNFAIR. EVEN KIDS SLEEP FOR FREE AT HOLIDAY INN
October 13 F.U.N. CAMPING by HAPPY CAMPER
ALWAYS HAD FUN. BEEN GOING THERE FOR THE PAST 4 YRS.A BUNCH OF US GET TOGETHER AN KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN.PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO. NICE BEACH,TRAILS,ACTIVITES. WE WILL KEEP COMING BACK FOR YEARS TO COME!!!!!
September 19 hot showers!!!!!
Loved camping here but the showers were so scalding hot!! Complained about this and they said nothing they could do. Great camping but too hot of showers.
September 2 inmate help by creeped out camper
the poor timing of having yellow jumpsuit clad department of corrections inmates cleaning the family restrooms and showers mid morning when these facilities are at their peak use astonished me and my wife. these guys were leering at my family and the campers in the area were all very uncomfortable with this. we noticed no obvious supervision and will think twice before returning to camp here with so many other choices in the area.
June 1 Our favorite vacation spot by Mike
We look forward to returning every year Very peaceful and relaxing .
May 30 This park is among my Fondest Memories! by --
I love this park and hiking at it.
May 30 God's Country!!! by TwoRodTom
Been going 3 times a season for the past 12 years!! Nothing short of a great Family Campground!! Seeya June 10th!!
April 1 1st camping spot but not the last by the Andersons
1st took my oldest when they were 2 and 3 now they are 17 and 18. we now have a 6 and 10 year olds and were doing it all over again. so much to do and see. people are from everywhere and friendly. will continue to recommend to everyone
March 21 Loved it!
It was ultra relaxing. The trails were in tip top shape. I just loved it!
March 5 Great Park!
Great Fishing.
November 1
i was bit by a deer. i saw people from the YHCC peeing in the lake. i tried swimming in the lake, and got seaweed in my mouth. this park is inexcusable. there was a green truck, always using swear words and almost hit our campsite while driving. we left immediately.
March 30 Best fishing and awesome camping. by Charlie
This is my favorite state park. Way better than Potato Creek.
February 14 Great childhood memories by yoderguy1
The BEST memories I have of my childhood were camping here!
July 26 a retirement heaven
absolutely beautiful. relaxing and serene. If you love Bambi, you surely will love it here. I loved it so much that I am selling my home here in new mexico and moving to Albion Indiana so my husband and I can retire in peace and enjoy the rest of our lives by the lakes.
July 14
Our family loves this park! The cabiins rock and the lakes and streams are great to canoe on! Fishing is pretty good too!
June 18 STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS by QUARK
SO WE CAN GET A CAMPING SPOT WE LOVE THIS PARK WHETHER CAMPING OR IN ONE OF THE CABINS
May 23 Favorite local park!
Great fishing, along with great times at this park.
May 22 Great nature area, lots to see and do!
Services are very nice and a lot of great things to do!


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260-693-2265


Indian Springs Campground
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260-357-5572


Indian Lakes Campground
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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Baymont Inn Suites - Dowagiac, MIHotels/Motels
The Baymont Inn and Suites of is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. With several fine dining restaurants nearby, you won't go hungry We are minutes away from Historic Downtown Dowagiac, Sister Lakes, and several premier golf courses.
Web Site: baymontinns.com/hotel/13520
59.3 miles from park*
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel - South Bend, INHotels/Motels
The newly built Suburban Extended Stay Hotel provides easy access to a number of local points of interest. This extended stay hotel offers features and amenities like Well-equipped kitchens, Weekly housekeeping services, Free premium cable television with movie channels,On-site guest laundry facilities, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Free local calls. Guests can also enjoy the indoor pool and fitness center. Give us a visit on the website or call us for reservations.
Web Site: suburbanhotels.com/hotel-south_bend-indiana-IN305sidMhwci
52.5 miles from park*
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