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Pokagon State Park
Pokagon State Park
450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, Indiana   46703

Phone: 260-833-2012
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 260-833-2012
Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park
'Spring Wanderings'

Trail 6, Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park
'Tranquility in The Shade'

View of Lake James in Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Sun slowly setting on Lake James at the beach in Pokagon State Park.

Pokagon State Park
'Purple Magic'

While heading into the Park I saw this magnificant purple display.

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park
'Wildflowers in Full Bloom'

Virginia Bluebells near Nature Center, Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park
'Potawatomi Wetland'
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Photo taken of the Potawatomi wetland inside the Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park is located near Angola off I-69. Natural lakes abound in this area and the park borders on Lake James and Snow Lake which offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing.

What a thrill! That's what you'll say once you've experienced the quarter mile toboggan track at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour! The toboggan operates weekends from the Friday after Thanksgiving through February, with extended holiday hours. The toboggan is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
History of the Area
Legend says that Leopold Pokagon was the son of a Chippawa father and Ottawa mother, born around the year 1775. He was abducted from his Chippawa village by a Potawatomi chief and given to Chief Topenebee of the Potawatomi. He was given the name Pokagon because he was wearing a headdress which contained a human rib. The word Pokagon means "rib". However, books later written by his son, Simon, tend to refute this legend.

Simon Pokagon, son of Leopold, was born in an old Potawatomi village. When Simon was eleven years old, his father died and area settlers took the task of educating him. He eventually attended four years at Notre Dame, one year at Oberlin, and two years at Twinsburg College in Ohio. During his college career, Simon met and married a Potawatomi Indian girl name Lonidaw. They built a wigwam home of bark and poles in a stately wood near a crystal lake somewhere in Northern Indiana. Lake Lonidaw, in Pokagon State Park, got its name because it is said to resemble this legendary lake.

In treaties of 1826 and 1830, the Potawatomi tribe sold all their land which made up a large part of Northern Indiana and included the present site of Chicago. They were compensated with three cents an acre, which even at that time was considered an extremely small amount. It would be 70 years before they would be fully paid for the land. Following the treaty of 1830, the Potawatomi were evicted from the area and were relocated west of the Mississippi River to what is now Kansas. Leopold's band moved on their own to an area north of South Bend near Dowagiac, Michigan. In 1893, Simon Pokagon and his family attended the World's Fair in Chicago. It was there that Chief Pokagon transferred the deeds for the land. The occasion was a formality that was long overdue.

In 1925, after careful planning and negotiating, the residents of Steuben County purchased 580 acres along the shores of Lake James and Snow Lake. The land was tendered as a Christmas gift from the residents of Steuben County to the State of Indiana. Another additional 127 acres were added by the State to make a total of 707 acres.

1926 was the actual starting point of park construction. The park at that time consisted of 707 acres and was the third largest park in the state. After approximately two years, the twenty unit hotel (Potawatomi Inn) was completed, costing $3500.00 per unit. On February 23, 1927, Colonel Richard Lieber, State Conservation Commissioner suggested the name Pokagon after the Chief. By unanimous agreement, the park was officially named Pokagon State Park.

Most of the park construction was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC) between 1934 and 1942. They constructed the roads, trails, camping units, walks, gate house, cabins, beach house, shelter house, Spring Shelter, Saddle Barn, and the first toboggan slide. In addition, they planted thousands of young trees.

The park presently has 1,203 acres of woods and shoreline. People come from all over the Midwest to enjoy the park and recreational activities offered all four seasons of the year.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Launch Rampsyes
 Electric Sites, #273
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Camper Cabinsyes
 Youth Group Campyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #134
 Game Roomyes
Campground equipped with flush toilets, hot water and showers. Sites also have picnic tables and fire ring. Electricity also available

* Electric / 200 sites * Non-Electric / 73 sites * Camp, Group * Youth Tent Areas * Dumping Station * Camp Store
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Large swimming area with a bathhouse and concession area.

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Day Use Area
Shelters throughout the park, some featuring a fireplace, picnic table, fire ring and grills.
Nine walking trails throughout the park ranging from easy to moderate with the longest trail at 2.2 miles in length. Eleven miles of total walking pleasure (Handicapped vehicle available for use at the Nature Center). Two trails are accessible with a handicapped scooter
Nature Programs
Nature Center - Exhibits on park?s natural and cultural history. Staffed by an interpretive naturalist to help with your discovery of nature at its best.
Area Attractions
Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park

What a thrill! That?s what you?ll say once you?ve experienced the quarter mile toboggan track at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour! The toboggan operates weekends from the Friday after Thanksgiving through February, with extended holiday hours.

Cross-country Skiing on groomed trails available only with a six inch base of snow (equipment rental available). Ice Skating, Ice Fishing available on Lake James weather permitting (at your own risk).

* Cross Country Skiing * Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services * Picnicking/Shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Meeting & Conference Facilities * Picnicking * Playground Equipment * Rental - Paddleboat, Rowboat and Pontoon * Rental - Recreation Building * Saddle Barn with escorted rides (260) 833-6007 * Sand Volley Ball Court * Swimming / Beach (Policy) * Toboggan Run (seasonal)

Within two minutes from the Inn:

* Every shopper?s dream - Outlet Shoppes of Fremont - featuring such brand names as Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger and Jockey. * Pokagon Falls Miniature Golf - Fun for young and old. * Country Meadows Golf Course - 18-hole par 71 course, snack bar and bar.

Within ten minutes from the Inn:

* Fun Spot Amusement Park - Featuring Roller Coasters, Water Slides and Petting Zoo * Yogi Bears Jellystone Park - Featuring several Water Slides and Camping * Rapid Raceway Go-Karts - Presenting the Thunder Dome, an indoor racing facility that offers group rates * Angola Motor Speedway - offering Stock Car racing on most Summer weekends * Piggy?s Play-A-Round - featuring an indoor golf range and outside miniature golf * Historical downtown Angola, featuring soldier?s monument, antique shopping, jewelry stores and dining * Buck Lake Ranch - an indoor and outdoor flea market, summer concerts and dances * Nature Preserves - Pokagon Nature Preserve, McClue Reserve, Ropchan Wildlife Preserve, and Beechwood Nature Reserve * The Strand Theater and the Brokaw 1 & 2 featuring new releases * State Line Golf Center featuring 36 holes of miniature golf, pro shop, driving range and grass tees * Golf Courses for every skill set. From easy to championship.

Within thirty minutes from the Inn:

* Auburn, IN - Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum featuring an exhibit of more than 100 unique classical automobiles, plus a small theater presentation * Also in Auburn a World War II museum, just off of I-69 - don?t miss Kruse auction Labor Day weekend * Mongo, IN - a town just west of Angola featuring Pigeon River Canoe Rental, Indiana State Fish and Wildlife area * La Grange, IN - visit Amish Country attractions * Shipshewana, IN - featuring the famous Shipshewana flea market and a quaint town with old time stores and shopping area * Satek Winery - featuring local award winning wines * Fort Wayne Children?s Zoo. Voted one of the top ten best children?s zoos in the United States.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 21 Visitors not welcome! by Terry
We drove to Pokagon State Park, which from our house was over 100 miles to visit the campground and see if we might want to camp there sometime soon, only to be told by the gatekeeper that we could not drive through the campground on the weekends as it was a security issue. He said we would have to park in the visitor?s section and walk in to look at camp sights. I have never heard of such a thing from a state park anywhere in Indiana. What type of security issue would there be on weekends that there would not be through the week? My wife has asthma and she cannot walk far from air conditioning when it is hot out and the temperature was 88 degrees that day (7/21/12). I will tell you this though, I will never set foot in you park again and I will tell my friends not to either. Makes me ashamed to be from Indiana. I am seriously thinking about sending this email to Governor Mitch Daniels too!
May 24 first time back in 35yrs last aug by Cassy
it was great even better than i remember,as a child hope to get to see it all this summer
August 30 A Labor of Love by Patti from Michigan
we have made Pokagon Park a Labor Day Camping Ritual for 4 years now. We love it more each year
August 2 Fun!!!! by Alicia
My family had so much fun there!
July 4 summer fun by Adam
i have fun here every year. i love the beach, rooms,the pool,and game room!
November 4 Our home away from home by Beth
I have been going to Pokagon State Park since 1989 and absolutely LOVE it! I feel as though I am coming home every trip I make there. I have camped in a tent, camper, and stayed in the lodge too many times to count. My husband and I even have our favorite room in the lodge that we request each visit. Our grown children are now camping there. It is an excellant park!!!
September 19 Great camping poor trails. by Josh
The sites were great with plenty of room! Trails were not mark at all. Very disappointed in trail markings!
August 18
We LOVE Pokagon! It is close to our home, beautiful trails, kid friendly, great beach and the nature center is a great feature for young campers.
April 3 My favorite place to relax in Indiana! by Lynn D
The inn is awesome!A great place for a romantic get away or for a large family get together. But my favorite, favorite, thing is the Sunday morning bird walk with a naturalist who is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic,has a high power spotting scope, and makes enjoying nature really fun! It is a great place to go in any season!
February 25 I love this place
I spend 3 days last summer here with friends and family and we had a good time. Hope to do it again this year
February 17 Fast fun all day long
I have been to Pokagon 5 different times. If you want more information, the PBS TV show Indiana Outdoors filmed a show at Pokagon State Park.
February 6
i just loved it there. just riding was fun
January 30 Where Memories are Made by Kristy
I have been going to this park since I was a little girl. Now, my husband and I go camping with our son. I love everything about this park. There is something for all ages!!
November 16 Perfect Fall Weekend by Leslie A. Wilson
Pokagon was beautiful this weekend. The trails were perfect for walks with the dogs and getting in a bit of trail-running. Most enjoyable were all the terrific people I met. Special thanks to all the park staff, everyone was so helpful and had great attittudes. Spent some time kayaking on Lake James and enjoyed the swans and ducks. Perfect time of the year to get out on the lake for us paddlers... and the lake is so clean. Plan to make another trip over the winter to enjoy the toboggan run.
October 9 by Gene Barnes, Springfield, MO
I very much enjoyed my time in the park. We had a company management retreat. Great setting and was fun. Beautiful country.
September 8 Family Tradition
Both my parents and their parents came here when they were young. My siblings and I were taken here every summer when we were young. Now my children will be coming here every summer as I have. There is so much to do and it is awesome.
September 4 woooh! by nicoleee. im amazing.
fun. i guess. lol. haha.
July 15 Great park, but
The bathrooms are horrible. Mildew on the shower curtains, no bench to put your stuff, and the shower heads have so much iron build up that the water barely comes out. Also no soap on the sinks. Otherwise I loved the park.
June 20 One of my favorite parks by jonathan stauffer
it is so fun to go to the nature center. everyone that works there is so helpfull
May 31 I love this place by Karen
I have been going to Pokagon State Park since i was a kid every year it is a great place to go on vacation
April 28 Love the Place by Indiana Family
We camp (tent & pop-up) here 2 to 3 times a year in the newer section. We recommend it to all of our friends & family. We love the horses, the hiking, swimming and just hanging out at the campfire!
April 23 Long Time Family Vacation Spot by Tricia
My family has visited Pokagon State Park since I was a child. I now share the experience with my own family. We visit several times every summer also in spring. Hope to visit in winter as well. Beautiful!! Priceless!! Historic!!
February 2 AWESOME PLACE! by Heather from Fort Wayne
Our family took a Saturday to come up and go on the toboggan run. What a blast! It was a great time. My husband and I also came to the restaraunt at the Inn for our anniversary and it was wonderful as well. A great treasure for everyone!
January 24 fishing
January 3 Family Favorite by chrisbusto
wow! fabulous park year round. We did the winter camping and tobaggan run in dec. And last summer we did camping, biking and canoeing. i love it!
July 21 best place to just have fun
our family has ben coming here for over 25 years and have been enjoying every bit of it
July 20 Families favorite by Brewer2_2000
We have been camping here for 5 years now. The kids have so many things to do that they never get bored. The patch program keeps them buisy.
June 25 Family Oriented by Stacey
This is one of my favorite state parks. It ranks up there with Meramec state park in Missouri. Plenty to see and do for all ages.
June 19 So much to offer by Been there
Pokagon State Park has so much to offer... scenic hiking trails, bike trails, a WONDERFUL Nature Center with very knowledgeable and friendly staff, two beaches, fast/fun toboggan (winter of course), great camping, cabins,and an Inn.
May 25 Alot of fun!!!! by John Campos
I went to Pokagon as a young boy. I remember the fishing most. Now as an adult and father myself, we went last year to the park and we had a great time. This year, we are planning a camping/pontoon boat trip.
May 19 GREAT PLACE!!! by K. Sternberg
My grandparents, all my aunts, uncles, and cousins come here for three days around Christmastime. Christmas of 2007 was our 16th year here, including my entire life. SO MUCH FUN!!! I look forward to it every year! :)
May 15 Favorite place
Been camping here for at least 20 years, my parents used to bring us here, now I bring my children. We never get bored here.
May 7 camping is fun by JIM
our family comes here every year. great food, swimmng, horseback riding, hiking, & relaxing
May 4 camping is great here! by NANCY
our family has camped here for the past ten our small grandchildren come too.we all love POKAGON!!!!!!!

Area Campgrounds
Buck Lake Ranch Camping Resort
2705 West Buck Lake Road
Angola, IN
Circle B Campground
5251 W US 20
Angola, IN
Collins Bay RV Community
195 Lane 101 Barton Lake
Fremont, IN
Fish Lake Family Resort
7260 North Fremont Road
Fremont, IN
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Barton Lake
140 Lane 201 Barton Lake
Fremont, IN
Hamilton Lake Commons LLC
Lane 150 Hamilton Lake
Hamilton, IN
Manapogo Park
5495 West 760 North
Orland, IN
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Ultimate Warrior Sporting Goods & More Inc
1385 N 200 W
Angola, IN
(260) 665-5522
Corner Landing The
3945 N 300 W
Angola, IN
(260) 833-2112
Area Cabins and Lodges
Potawatomi Inn
6 Lane 100A Lake James
Angola, IN
(260) 833-1077
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Indian Creek Camp Conference Center - Tecumseh, MICampgrounds
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
61 miles from park*
Weather Forecast, (46703)

* Chicago, IL:

(Approximately three hours and 160 miles) Take the Tri-State East 294, onto the Indiana toll road, I-80/90. Take the Indiana toll road east and merge onto I-69 south, exit 144. Follow I-69 to exit 154 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

* Detroit, MI:

(Approximately two and a half hours and 150 miles) Take I-75 south toward Toledo. Merge onto the I-80/90 toll road west exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 154 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue Straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

* Ft. Wayne, IN:

(Approximately 45 minutes and 44 miles) Take I-69 to exit 154 and turn left off exit ramp onto 127 and turn left at stop light onto 727. Continue Straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

* Indianapolis, IN:

(Approximately three hours and 170 miles) Take I-465 north, merge onto I-69 North exit 37B toward Ft. Wayne. Follow I-69 to exit 154 and turn left off exit ramp onto 127 and turn left at stop light onto 727. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

* Lansing, MI:

(Approximately one and a half hours and 86 miles) Take I-69 south toward Ft. Wane, Indiana. Follow I-69 to exit 154 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

* Toledo, OH:

(Approximately one and a half hours and 90 miles) Take I-80/90 toll road west exit 144 to I-69 south. Follow I-69 to exit 154 and turn right off exit ramp. Continue straight, as this is the road into Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn.

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Pokagon State Park
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