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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

Mon Jul 24 @12:00AM
Steuben County 4-H Fair
Tue Jul 25 @12:00AM
Steuben County 4-H Fair
Wed Jul 26 @12:00AM
Steuben County 4-H Fair
Wed Jul 26 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Mike Conley at Glendarin Hills

There are 12 ACRES preserves in Steuben County and are open daily, dawn to dusk, for hiking. For a complete listing, visit https://acreslandtrust.org/preserves/ 

Other areas that are ideal for hiking include the Pigeon River State Fish & Wildlife Area located south of Orland and south of State Road 120, west of State Road 327 North on County Road 300 North. The Anspaugh Wildlife Habitat Trust Area is open to the public on a limited basis. The 80-acre tract on Look Lake south of County Road 100 North west of Loon Lake public access off Landis Road includes lowland woods, wet meadows, shrub wetlands and lake frontage.

The Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy has a variety of properties around the lake. Visit www.clearlakeconservancy.org

Vistula Park, located in back of the Fremont Public Library off State Road 120, features 56 acres, with nearly half in a natural state. There’s a 10-foot wide paved trail which meanders through a high-quality woodland and wetland complex. The 2.1 mile Fish Creek Trail in Hamilton is accessed on the south side of Bellefontaine Road, across from Gnagy Park. 

Big D’s Bait and Tackle
2447 N. State Road 127
Angola, IN 46703
(260) 665-8414

Corner Landing Bait & Tackle
3945 N. 300 W.
Angola, IN 46703
(260) 833-2112
www.cornerlanding.net 

Lurecraft Fisherman’s Shop
10195 W. State Road 120
Orland, IN 46776
www.lurecraft.com 

The Angler
7430 S. SR 327
Hudson, IN 46747
www.theanglerinc.com 

Tri-State Bait and Tackle
5275 N. SR 127
Fremont, IN 46737
(260) 833-1283

Ski at Pokagon State Park

 

Cross Country Ski PokagonPokagon’s trails are open, weather permitting. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own equipment. Visitors may rent equipment at the Civilian Conservations Corps shelter near the main beach when snow conditions are favorable. Rentals are available Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ski rental is $8 per hour per set for adults and $5 per set per hour for youth 15 and under. Group rental rates for groups of eight or more are $5 per hour per set. A driver’s license is required for a deposit.

If you have your own equipment, you may ski anytime, but must be off the park’s trails 30 minutes before sunset. There are beginner, moderate and rugged trails for all skill levels. For more information or to check snow conditions, call (260) 833-2012 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Pokagon State Park Driving Tour

 

In 1925, the residents of Steuben County purchased 580 acres along with shores of Lake James and Snow Lake as a Christmas gift to the state of Indiana. Another 127 acres were added by the state to total 707 acres. Currently, Pokagon State Park has 1,260 acres of woods and shoreline.

beechEntering Pokagon State Park on State Road 727, you will notice a small lake on the left side of the road. This is Lake Lonidaw, a “kettle lake” formed as the Wisconsin Glacier retreated. Lake Lonidaw has a creek that leads into the lower basin of Lake James. This lake is named in honor of the wife of the Potawatomi Indian Chief Simon Pokagon.

At the main entrance gate, you will see two gate houses. The gatehouse on the right is the original gatehouse constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1935. The gatehouse on the left was built in 1989. 

As you follow the park road, the next building on the right is the saddle barn. This was constructed by the CCC in 1937. This barn is the starting point of the horse trail rides through the park. As you continue through the park, you pass under the County Road Bridge. This was constructed by the CCC and completed in 1936.

campfireTaking the second right after the bridge, you will head to the Pokagon campgrounds. This area consists of five campgrounds and 278 individual sites, a group camp and a youth tent area. The entrance to this area is marked by the campground gatehouse and a camper’s store. Take the first right after the gatehouse to enter campground 3. This is the largest of the campgrounds and has 97 individual sites.

When leaving campground 3, you will notice the entrance to campground 4, an electric campground, and campground 2, a non-electric campground. Turning left leads to the entrance to the camping area. At the camper’s store, turn right at the second entrance and follow the lane past the store. On the left, you will see the Black Cherry Shelter and picnic area. Turn left at the road and you will notice the CCC Shelter on the right hand side. This shelter was built by the CCC in 1935-36 and is on the hillside above the Pokagon main beach and bathhouse.

tobaggonPassing back under the County Road Bridge, follow the road to the second right turn. This will lead to the nature center, which was built in 1980 and remodeled in 1989. This is the central location for interpretive programming at the park.

Potowatomi InnReturning to the main road, on the right side you will see the toboggan slide tower. This is a ¼ mile refrigerated track. The first toboggan slide was built by the CCC in 1935. There have been several changes to the slide. It was refrigerated in 1971 and completely remodeled, with the warming center added in 1986.

Following the road around the loop and back to the main gate, turn right at the yield sign, continuing back past the toboggan and saddle barn. Turn on the third entrance on the right, into the Potawatomi Inn. The Inn was built in 1927. There have been several additions to the Inn, the most recent being the addition of the conference center and additional rooms in 1995. The Potawatomi Inn has 137 rooms, including the cabins. Also available are conference facilities, a restaurant, café and gift shop plus many other amenities for Inn guests.

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