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Pokagon State Park

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Published on December 16, 2015 with No Comments

Pokagon State Park is located near Angola, just off I-69. The park was originally called Lake James State Park when proposed to be the fifth Indiana State Park in 1925. The name was changed to Pokagon State Park to acknowledge the rich Native American heritage of the state and region. Leopold and Simon Pokagon were father and son and the last two most notable leaders of the Potawatomi. The park’s Potawatomi Inn takes its name from these Native Americans, who made their home in the area. The inn, with its up-north fishing-lodge theme, is one of the Midwest’s most popular resorts and conference centers.

Being one of the state’s original parks, Pokagon features the unique work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose members lived and worked at Pokagon from 1934 to 1942. The “boys of the CCC” built the beautiful stone and log structures that dot the park landscape and provide accent to the rolling wooded hills, wetlands and open meadows.

Natural lakes created by glaciers that melted 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, highlight Steuben County, which has more lakes than any other Indiana county. The park is framed by Lake James and Snow Lake, which offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing and scenic sunsets.

Pokagon is also Indiana State Parks’ winter wonderland, with cross-country ski rental, sledding, ice fishing and a twin-track toboggan run… “What a thrill!”… That’s what you’ll say once you’ve experienced the quarter-mile, refrigerated toboggan run at speeds of 35-40 mph. The toboggan run operates weekends from the Friday after Thanksgiving through February, with extended hours during the Christmas holidays. For hours, more information, and to take a virtual ride, visit .

Refrigerated Toboggan Run

 

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The toboggan run operates weekends from the Friday after Thanksgiving through February, with extended hours during the Christmas holidays. For hours, more information and to take a virtual ride, visit .

 

Schedule

It opened for the season, with or without snow on Nov. 27. It operates on weekends only through Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

Hours:

Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Toboggan has extended hours during winter break and is open on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day.

 

Fees & General Information

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• Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free.

• Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.

• During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends.

• Park closes at 11 p.m., opens at 7 a.m.

• Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.

• Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.

• Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).

• Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.

• No all-day rentals.

• No group reservations or group rates.

• There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.

• No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.

• Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.

• Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).

• Nature Center is open 1 to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Park Office 260-833-2012 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Need a Place to Stay or Eat?

is located nearby the run. It has 137 guest rooms, restaurant, and a spacious banquet and conference center. reservations and rates call 877-563-4371.

Cross Country Ski Rental

Includes skis, boots and poles.

• Hours: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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