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Steuben County, Indiana

Steuben County, Indiana offers year-round recreational opportunities. Enjoy a ride down Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan at Pokagon State Park. The 1,260-acre park on Lake James has hiking trails, camping, nature center, boat rentals and the 137-room Potawatomi Inn. Find unique shopping opportunities in quaint downtowns and at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. End the day at one of Northern Indiana Lakes Country’s hotels. Special hotel and lodging packages are available throughout the year.

Calendar of Events

Sat Apr 29 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Homestead Antique Mall Annual Spring Show
Sat Apr 29 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Cookies and Canvas
Sat Apr 29 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Discover Nature's Playground
Sat Apr 29 @12:00PM - 09:00PM
Boost Angola

Bison-tennial Public Art Project

The public is invited to watch artist Carl Mosher as he paints the 100-pound bison that will be displayed as part of the Indiana Bicentennial celebration.


Mosher will be painting the 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison Wednesday, May 11-Friday, May 13, between 9:30 a.m. and  approximately 3 p.m. at the Northern Indiana Lakes Country Enterprise Center, 907 S. Wayne St., Angola.

A contest was held earlier this year and artists submitted designs for the bison. An eight-member committee, comprised of various community members, chose Mosher’s design. The bison will feature various scenes, including a modern farm, lakes and Pokagon State Park, the Soldier’s Monument and courthouse in downtown Angola plus a pioneer farm, ox cart, Native American icons and wooded scenes.

Mosher teaches local painting classes. His art has received wide recognition and is featured in sponsorship for many wildlife organizations, including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited and the Wild Turkey Federation. “I consider my art a success when it touches a common memory or shared experience with the viewer,” he said.

The bison is sponsored by the Steuben County Tourism Bureau and the Indiana Association of United Ways spear-headed the project throughout the state. Locally, the Steuben County United Way helped coordinate the project. Each county in Indiana will display at least one bison. Historically, bison were a major presence in the terrain and commerce in the Hoosier state’s early years. The state’s bicentennial celebration culminates with statehood day, Dec. 11. 

INDIANA BICENTENNIAL (1816-2016) Celebrating 200 years!

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INDIANA BICENTENNIAL 1816 2016 Celebrating 200 Years

There’s a well-known hangout in Steuben County that’s like no other. From a distance it looks like a rag-tag armada has assembled on Lake James. The Sandbar, well-known to locals, is one of those something-for- everyone kind of places. Think tailgating meets three and a half feet of water in a good way. Okay sometimes it’s a little deeper depending on where you park. But the point is, it’s a huge party all summer long.

Best of all it’s free, you’ll always find friends (whether you bring them with you or make them there), and best of all it’s open just about any time and any day of the week-- though weekends are the best of all.

In between the dogs in life jackets, jet skis, and barrage of foam floats, you can find everyone from bikini-clad co-eds partying it up to grandchildren and Papa barbequing on the boat. Packing a cooler before you head for the hotspot is a must. But if you don’t bring your own snacks— it’s not a problem. That’s what The Galley is for. The aquastaurant—a floating drive thru—has all sorts of beachy foods to temp the taste buds from bacon burgers, to chicken, hotdogs, and drinks.

Very often live music plays on a floating stage—but even when the musicians go home there’s always plenty of music blasting.

The best way to visit is in your own boat or that of a friends’. Barring that (pun intended) you can always rent a boat for the afternoon or better yet the whole day. The Corner Landing rents pontoons and fishing boats. Potawatomi Inn Beach also has a few pontoon rentals. Worse case scenario, there paddleboats for rent too. So one could always peddle on over. This is how my son and I first discovered The Sandbar about 10 years ago. Though, doing this is a last resort as rentals are timed could get expensive. But hey, it’s a way to get an up close look and make plans for a longer stay.

As with most lakes, Lake James has several great little sandbars perfect for anchoring and getting out for a swim. But ‘The Sandbar’—the one that gets its own ‘the’ in front of it, is located just west of Pokagon State Park’s Potawatomi Inn Beach east of the public beach at Pokagon State Park. (You must go by water. There is no public route by land.)

IMG 0177 1Erika Celeste is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio, print, television, and marketing. She owns and operates New Moon Media Group where she’s written several documentaries and books.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t be in two places at once.” And maybe that’s true, but you can absolutely be in three!
It’s not that this location is a major secret. You’re probably familiar with it from those grade school maps you had to fill in once upon a time. Think back and you’ll remember Indiana converges with the corner of Ohio and they both sit right below Michigan to form a kind of weird ‘T.’ That place isn’t just a theoretical space in the minds of cartographers. It actually exists. You have the ability to go there and stand in three states at once! Technically speaking the location is in plain sight. But it is down a dusty country road in the middle of nowhere. So it can be easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for. There’s a rock on the east side of the road with an inscription,denoting the convergence of states takes place 130 feet to the south. The reason being is that they converge in the middle of the road.

On the day I went with my son we found the rock easily. Then spent the next ten minutes searching for what we’d been misinformed was “a pile of rocks to go stand on.” There is no pile of rocks—so don’t look for them. Fortunately, a mail carrier happened by. We told him what we were trying to find and he nodded. “I think it’s under my car right now,” he said. Then pulled his vehicle back a few feet. “Kick the rocks off there,” he pointed to the road beneath my feet. I skeptically gave a half-hearted kick. Not knowing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. “Not there,” he laughed then pointed, “there.” I didn’t see anything but followed his instructions. Soon a metal plate with the letter ‘M’ embedded in the road emerged. (It’s actually right before the gravel road becomes paved almost dead center.) He nodded. “There you have it. I was here a while back when a family had their three daughters stand one in each state and took a picture. Kind of matter over mind,” he laughed. Once he left my son and I uncovered the rest of the ‘M’ and poked around hoping for an ‘I’ and ‘O’ to go with it. But soon realized there was only an ‘M” and so made our own states intersection with dandelions.

There is a small place to pull your car off the road, but be careful and keep an eye and ear out for traffic coming over the hill from the north. They often zoom along at a good clip, forgetting the geological wonder they’re about to drive over.

To get there from Angola take CR 200 N east to Old State RD 1 turn left and follow it to E CR 300 N follow the road east until it T’s then turn left on 1000 E/CR 1 aka the gravel road with the monument. From the toll road take exit 1 in Ohio. Drive north on Hwy 49, then turn left at the stop sign onto US Hwy 20. Drive one mile. Turn right onto County Rd 1.50. Drive four miles. Turn left onto County Rd S. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto N. 1000 E/County Rd 1 (monument will be on the right).

IMG 0177Erika Celeste is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio, print, television, and marketing. She owns and operates New Moon Media Group where she’s written several documentaries and books.

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