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Indiana State Parks

Bass Lake State Beach
Located on State Route 10, in northwest Indiana, Bass Lake is Indiana's fourth largest natural lake. A 1/2 mile long beach offers swimming and wading. Bass Lake State Beach and campground are open from Memorial to Labor Day weekends. For information call: (219)772-3382

Charlestown State Park is located in Clark County with easy access from Interstate 65, eight miles west on State Route 62. Plan a picnic or hike to check it out. While hiking the rugged terrain, you will see Devonian fossil outcrops and areas of karst sinkhole topography. Birders should be alert for 72 species of birds, including blue birds, black vultures and an occasional Bald Eagle. Camping is available at Charlestown in late summer. For information call: (812)256-5600

McCormick's Creek
Unique limestone formations and scenic waterfalls are some of the beautiful highlights at Indiana's first State Park, McCormic's Creek. Hike through the thick wooded area or roam leisurely through the magnificent canyon surrounded by high cliffs. You'll notice the well-manicured grounds which were planted by the original owner and are being preserved to sustain the tranquil environment he created. For information call: (812)829-2235

Pokagon is located near Angola off Interstate 69. Natural lakes abound in this area and the park borders on Lake James and Snow Lake. Both offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. It will be a thrill to experience the 1/4 mile toboggan track at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour. The toboggan operates weekends from Thanksgiving Day through February, with extended holiday hours. For information call: (812)829-2235

Spring Mill
Spring Mill abounds in endless opportunities for recreation. The restored pioneer village is a delight as you travel through time to the early 1800's. Plan to take a boat ride into Twin Cave or walk into Donaldson cave. The Grissom Memorial honors Hoosier astronaut 'Gus' Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space. For information call: (812)849-4129

Camping and Hiking in Indiana

Chain O'Lakes
This is lake country and boater's paradise. Eight connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures in Noble County. Paddle through the chain, hike the extensive network of trails or camp in the parks scenic expanses. For information call: (219)636-2654

Shades State Park
Shades State Park is that peaceful place you 've been looking for. Located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville (off State Route 47), it is a favorite for campers, hikers and canoeists. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover's paradise. For information call: (765)435-2810

Monroe Lake
Senic bluffs, rolling topography and lushly wooded areas greet camping and hiking enthusiasts, located in south central Indiana. This area is surrounded by a variety of national forest and wilderness areas. For information call: (812)837-9546

Patoka Lake
Rolling topography, scenic rock outcroppings and an area rich in local history provide a splendid backdrop for for campers and hikers at Patoka Lake in souther Indiana. The Hoosier National Forest is adjacent to the lake, and if you head east of the property you will find a number of caves waiting to be explored. For information call: (812)685-2464

Fort Harrison State Park
Truly one of Indiana's natural treasures, this state park is carved out of 1,700 acres of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison on Indianapolis' east side. It includes one of the largest unbroken tracts of hardwood in central Indiana, several lakes, more than 6 miles of hiking trails with a hard surface multi-use path and a huge heron rookery. For information call: (317)591-0904

Hunting and Fishing in Indiana

Turtle Creek Reservoir
Turtle Creek Reservoir has more hungry bass than you can believe. Fishermen drive hundreds of miles to enjoy this wonderful managed reservoir, and it is worth the drive. The deer, ducks, geese and quail that can be found all over the county are enough to entice any hunter. For information call: (812)268-4836

West Boggs Lake
This lake in Loogootee (Martin County) is well-stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish, thanks to recent hatchery and water quality programs making it a veritable fisherman's paradise. For information call: (317)232-4080

Brookville Lake
This lake is located in the picturesque Whitewater River Valley. The reservoir's cool, deep waters are a good source of walleye and muskie and offer the best striped bass fishing in the state. For information call: (765)647-2657

Greene-Sullivan State Forest
The many scenic lakes in this area (Green County) is teeming with all varieties of game fish; bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. For information call: (317)232-4080

Monroe Lake
Surrounded by State and Federal recreation areas, offers several well-developed marinas. It's reputed to be the best site for largemouth bass fishing in the state. The lake is also a site for Crappie USA fishing tournament in the spring. For information call: (812)837-9546

Other Indiana Outdoor activities

Indiana also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Canoeing
  • Birding
  • Swimming
  • Natural Tours and Sites
  • Wildlife Preserves