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Shakamak State Park

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A Visit to Shakamak State Park

Shakamak State Park lies in southwestern Indiana. It includes 1,766 acres of land including three lakes: Lake Lenape, Lake Shakamak, and Lake Kickapoo. If offers a number of outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, horse back riding, boating, camping, and fishing.

If you've never been to Shakamak State Park, this page will provide you with information you may want to know as well as a photo tour of the area. All of the photos were taken on April 22, 2010.

The name of the park, as well as the lakes, clearly come from the Indians who lived in the area. The land was later controlled by European settlers who farmed, operated mills, and mined coal. In fact, hikers can find evidence of the old mines along Trail 2.

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More About Shakamak

Shakamak has no inn but it does offer camping, a group camp, and cabins for rent. One of the cabins is pictured below. Cabins and camp sites can be reserved by going here.

There are also bridle trails. Horses are available at the sadle barn not far from the front gate of the park.

With lakes occupying over 400 acres of land, boating is certainly popular within the park. Visitors can launch their own boat of course or rent one at the park.

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Hiking Trails at Shakamak State Park

Shakamak features over 8.5 miles of hiking trails as well as a path leading from the Gate House to Lake Shakamak which provides easy access to the trails.

Trail 1 is the longest hiking trail in the park at 3.95 miles. Like all trails at Shakamak, it is moderately rugged. The trail loops around Lake Shakamak, following the fingerlike shoreline closely. It can easily be picked up near the boat ramp at the Lake. The trail bed is primarily dirt and there are many tree roots to step over so attention has to be paid to avoid falls.

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Trail 2 which is 1.5 miles long can be picked up and terminated along trail 1. It takes hikers through the woods, passing an old coal mine, and encircling some cabins and the Youth Tent Area. It's moderately rolling and well sheltered from any sun and wind. My favorite portions of the trail pass through pine forest.

Trail 3, which is a 1.4 mile long loop trail starts and ends near the Saddle Barn. Trail 4 is reached via the boat ramp or campground areas along Lake Lenapee. Hikers also have the option of picking it up from trail 3. It is 1.6 miles long. This trail features quite a few steps/stairs to climb, some nice lake views, and a bit of pine as well as hardwood forest. At the campground, hikers can cross the parking lot to go out onto the fishing pier.

For a trail map of Shakamak, go to this page.

Let Us Know You Stopped By!

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on August 14, 2013:

Been to several Indiana state parks and loved them all!

joykennel on April 13, 2012:

we love to go there every summer! Lens makes me wish it were today!! Nice job!

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irenemaria from Sweden on August 13, 2011:

I would love to visit this park! Blessings while I wait.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 10, 2011:

Beautiful and blessed.

Philippians468 on June 10, 2011:

well done and congratulations on your LOTD! cheers

rebeccahiatt on June 07, 2011:

Congratulations on your LOTD!

gottaloveit2 on June 07, 2011:

Beautiful pictures. Must drop by the park if ever in the area. Nicely done and congrats on lotd.

Archetypus on June 07, 2011:

Saw the LOTD and was pleasantly surprised that it was bout some place so familiar to me. I had been there just a few weeks ago in fact. Congratulations on your LOTD award and on such a great lens.

Archetypus on June 07, 2011:

Saw the LOTD and was pleasantly surprised that it was bout some place so familiar to me. I had been there just a few weeks ago in fact. Congratulations on your LOTD award and on such a great lens.

gypsyman27 lm on June 06, 2011:

I've been through Indiana many times, always liked the area. See you around the galaxy...

Jack-in-the-Box on June 06, 2011:

Congrats on the LoTD! Great lens, really makes me want to plan a trip there soon. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on June 06, 2011:

This is a beautiful place for a vacation! Congratulations on LotD!!

ikeephouse on June 06, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD. Beautiful pictures.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on June 06, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD! You always do a great presentation of the parks in your area! :)

sheriangell on June 06, 2011:

Congrats on LotD. I was going to lensroll this to my Walking Across America lens, but then I remembered we can't do that anymore. This park looks awesome.

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on June 06, 2011:

Looks like an awesome little park. I could handle wandering around those trails as it would be quite relaxing! Congrats on LOTD! :-)

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on June 06, 2011:

What a lovely place - I feel like I really want to visit! Congrats on LotD!

modz on June 06, 2011:

Congratulaions on LOTD!

Ruthi on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful photos. Enjoyed the walk with you. Congratulations on LOTD!

JackalyeYe on June 06, 2011:

Congrates on LOTD - nice less

davidber on June 06, 2011:

Great lens

I-sparkle on June 06, 2011:

What an exhilarating walk in the park! Absolutely outstanding layout and content. Congratulations on your LotD.

Michey LM on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful Park, well maintain, and I am sure the pride of Indiana.

I never visit Indiana, but with so many info on Squidoo, I am tempt it... maybe I do it some day.

Thanks for a great lens Congrats for LOTD

ChrisDay LM on June 06, 2011:

Breathtakingly beautiful - well done on being awarded LotD!

anonymous on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful lens - congratulations on winning Lens of the Day!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 06, 2011:

This sounds like a lovely park! I love the pictures!

I'll be sure to let my son know; he runs the Web site Park Grades and he can add this park so it can get reviews.

Bercton1 on June 06, 2011:

Great work and congratulation on LOTD!!

celeBritys4africA on June 06, 2011:

Congrats for the LoTD.

sujaysen on June 06, 2011:

Nice to know.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on June 06, 2011:

Indiana is my home state...I love this lens because it's about Indiana, and also because of the beautiful photographs of the state I love. I can no longer live there due to health reasons, but I miss it tremendously. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful lens.

gusDon on June 06, 2011:

I like this Place... Shakamak... Beautiful place, in my country are also some very beautiful places, but not yet able to be managed by local governments ...

elyria on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful place to visit!

TalesTrailsAndT on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful park and wonderful photography. I feel as if I've just taken a hike thru the park.

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kimmanleyort on June 06, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD. Added to my Indiana Lensograpy.

greenerme on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful photos! Congratulations on LOTD. I've never been to this part of Indiana before. It's obviously a state that flies under the radar in terms of beauty!

JessicaMcCarty on June 06, 2011:

Thanks for sharing! I live in Indiana so I definitely want to check it out!

miaponzo on June 06, 2011:

Thanks so much for sharing your state park with us... I LOVE state parks!!!! :)

vangusman on June 06, 2011:

@thestreetgirl: :-) just say to the park

Annamadagan on June 06, 2011:

Very pretty!

67Shelbygal on June 06, 2011:

Wow, it looks beautiful out there. Great Lens. Congrats on LOTD!

ahashim on June 06, 2011:

A very informative lens. I wish one fine day I have the chance to visit some the places

Fcuk Hub on June 06, 2011:

One day I would go there. Congrats on LOTD

JennySui on June 06, 2011:

Pictures are awesome. Congrats on LOTD!

Poison kitty on June 06, 2011:

Stunning pictures, I'll put it on my list of places to visit when i holiday in the states! Congratulations on your LOTD feature!

Mickie Gee on June 06, 2011:

Your pictures of Shakamak State Park are wonderful. They would look good on a poster to create a "room with a view"!

Lisa-Marie-Mary on June 06, 2011:

Absolutely beautiful photos - and park! Wish I were there today! Congrats on LOTD!

Delia on June 06, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD! an informative and nicely done lens.

GoAceNate LM on June 06, 2011:

Wow what a great group of lenses. I may have to start my own lenses for Michigan. This is something I hadn't thought about before. Nice work. I gave your lenses all kinds of squidlove. Awesome!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on June 06, 2011:

Thanks for a virtual tour of Shakamak - makes me want to rent a cabin and just relax for a week or more enjoying nature's beauty. LOTD congrats ... love your photos!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on June 06, 2011:

Thanks for a virtual tour of Shakamak - makes me want to rent a cabin and just relax for a week or more enjoying nature's beauty. LOTD congrats ... love your photos!

arpak12 on June 06, 2011:

What a beautiful place. I may have to visit it when I get a break from work.

Lynne Modranski from Ohio on June 06, 2011:

Excellent photos - great information - makes me want to visit!!! Congrats on LOTD - you deserve it!

Mistalina on June 06, 2011:

Wonderful photos! A very enjoyable lens.

irenemaria from Sweden on June 06, 2011:

So lush! This is very much like Sweden too. The photos here are wonderful! Congrats to the LOTD - you earned it =D

LouisaDembul on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful presentation! Congrats on LOTD

signdesign on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great place to visit this summer.

AdriennePetersen on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful, congrats on LOTD!

Pete Schultz on June 06, 2011:

congrats on LOTD, I enjoyed mny quick visit, and I see I can check out a lot of Indiana parks through your other lenses. Great photos and info, I really enjoy travel related lenses.

kimbesa from USA on June 06, 2011:

Thanks for this one...and all the other state parks, too! Way to go, LOTD!

ludyshubs on June 06, 2011:

I like your lens. The park is beautiful. Congratulations it is LOTD!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on June 06, 2011:

What a beautiful lens!! I just love the beautiful pictures and descriptions.

Congrats on a well deserved LOTD.

thestreetgirl on June 06, 2011:

i love parks. it makes me feel relaxed with the trees surrounding me. nice photos, btw.

maraju lm on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful photos's it would certainly lure me to visit. Well done.

anonymous on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful green tree! love your lens that make me feel fresh.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on June 06, 2011:

This will help entice more visitors to the park. Well done!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 06, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD. Lovely photos! Nicely done.

ohcaroline on June 06, 2011:

Great photo presentation. This park looks like a great place for a getaway. Congratulations on your LOTD.

anonymous on June 06, 2011:

Really beautiful pics, congrats on LoTD!

anonymous on June 06, 2011:

Looks like a great place to visit and relax.

Quessity LM on June 06, 2011:

Beautiful showcase of nature!

ezbrowse on June 06, 2011:

Nice Lens. Wanna go to near nature.

BrahmM on June 06, 2011:

Great lens! Would love to hike this park!

justholidays on June 06, 2011:

Wow! What a beautiful park! Stunning natural decor in which I'd agreeably pass the time!

Congratulations on your LOTD!

UKGhostwriter on June 05, 2011:

beautiful, stunning lens! congratulations on a well deserved LOTD

GrowWear on June 05, 2011:

Congatulations for your LOTD for this, one of your many fine lenses. :)

howtocurecancer on June 05, 2011:

Congrats for the Lens of The Day.

Airinka on June 05, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD!!!

Loretta from United States on June 05, 2011:

Congrats on Lens of the Day! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful park :)

pixiepot on June 05, 2011:

Wow, this park is absolutely gorgeous, I'd love to visit it some day. Congratulations on the LOTD by the way, you totally deserve it.

darciefrench lm on June 05, 2011:

Shakamak State Park is gorgeous - congrats on LOTD -:)

Rusty Quill on June 05, 2011:

Fantastic collection of state park lenses! I added this one to my family vacations lens - congrats on LotD!

anonymous on June 05, 2011:

Have to return to congratulate you on a summer wonderful LOTD!

Ruth Coffee (author) from Zionsville, Indiana on November 22, 2010:

@anonymous: The link above in the section "More About Shakamak" will take you to a page where you can find out about cabin size and cost. Hope that helps. I can't post it here since the price might change at some point.

anonymous on November 10, 2010:

i was wounder about the price of ur cabins but u no longer have it so is easy to find the prices, i have been to the park but has been many years, but i do think would be nice ifwe knew the size of the cabins and price.just a suggestion. thank u

anonymous on November 07, 2010:

Shakamak looks like another great park to visit. Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

anonymous on April 23, 2010:

Well I recognised ragwort, delphinium, cuckoo pint and buttercup among your photos - dont know if they have different names in the US though :). What a lovely place, the sort of place where I would love to ride and take advanatge of the bridle trails.

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