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Indiana
Southern Region
Ferdinand State Forest
FERDINAND STATE FOREST
FERDINAND STATE FOREST
In 1933, a local conservation club raised funds to buy 900 acres to build a lake and establish an area to hunt and fish. They offered management of the project to the Indiana Department of Conservation the following year, and this marked the establishment of Ferdinand State Forest.
History of the Area
Established in 1934 as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, CCC workers built roads, service buildings, and one of the most beautiful forest lakes in the state. Ferdinand State Forest is well known for its excellent deer and squirrel hunting. The area surrounding Ferdinand is rich in German heritage, including St. Meinrad Archabbey, the Monastary Immaculate Conception and many other local landmarks and seasonal community festivals.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres7657
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles8.8
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimative, #69
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Showersyes
Camping
Primitive(class C) camping is available for a fee. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis; please self-register for camping at the campground check-in booth. Vault toilets and seasonal drinking water are available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each of the campground's 69 sites.
Swimming
Swimming is permitted in Ferdinand Lake beach area only. The swimming beach is available from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Restrooms, dressing facilities and showers are available to visitors.
Boating
A boat launch ramp is located on Ferdinand Lake; boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only. Rowboat and canoe rental is available on Ferdinand Lake from mid-April through October.
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
30.7 miles from park*


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Picnicking
There are picnic areas and picnic shelterhouses available for day use. Picnic tables and grills are located at the picnic sites. Playground and horseshoe pits are located near the swimming beach.
Trails
Hiking Trails

Twin Lake Trail -1.9 miles

Kyana Trail - 2.6 miles

Firetower Trail - 1.2 miles

Foxey Hollow Trail - 1.3 miles

South Ridge Trail - 1.8 miles

Mountain Bike Trails

Ferdinand State Forest offers 8.8 miles of mountain bike trails. Mountain bikes are only permitted onthose designated trails.
Area Attractions
The area surrounding Ferdinand is rich in German heritage, including St. Meinrad Archabbey, the Monastary Immaculate Conception and many other local landmarks and seasonal community festivals.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
30.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 4 Best kept secret! by outdoorlady, Jeffersonville
Our family loves to visit. The camping, fishing and hiking are all excellent. Its no wonder why when we talk with people there that everyone wants to keep it a secret! The last time we were there in March, lots of local people were coming in and clearing the trails for bikers...we thought that was great community pride! Everyone we talk with is so friendly and the game wardens came 2x a day, also very friendly. We LOVE IT!
May 3 What a treasure! by rsquared
Ferdinand State Forest offers some of the best hiking and biking trails anywhere in Southern Indiana. Camping and fishing areas look to be just as good.
February 3 Awesome!! by Janie Delano, Evansville
First time visitor in January, of all months! We were very impressed with this beautiful well-kept park! We will definitely return for a picnic! Congratulations to those responsible for a great job!
July 14 Great Place by j fuquay
Very clean and friendly staff. Lots of wildlife.
May 18 Keep it a secret by K&K Feldmeier
This is our very favorite park to camp in. We spend every weekend, in the fall of the year here. Usually spend a whole week in October. we plan to spend some time there this spring also......


Area Campgrounds

Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort
78 North Holiday Boulevard
Santa Claus, IN


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
30.7 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
34.3 miles from park*
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