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Review of Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Angola
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Pokagon is an Indiana State Park located in Angola, Indiana, on the shores of Lake James. Pokagon has both electric and non-electric campsites, as well as a youth tent area and group camp. There a two swiming beaches at Pokagon along with miles of hiking trails, a bike trail, a Nature Center open daily and the Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center. In the winter, Pokagon is home to a refrigerated toboggan run. Because of it is refrigerated, it does not need snow to go and is open from the day after Thanksgiving until the last weekend in February.
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were just passing through, so we didn't stay the night. But they had a lot to do and kept us busy. We went paddle boating and hung out in the lodge. We didn't go horseback riding, but the girls running the stable were nice enough to let the kids pet the horses and schmooze with us. While we were there, the power went out. Nonetheless, they kept the small-animal exhibit building open for us to browse around in. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
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Elberfeld, Indiana
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103 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Another Great Indiana State Park”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We camped here in the middle of June, checking in on a Sunday evening. We had a reservation for the 100 section of the campground. Pulling the trailer through the curving and narrow road in that section was doable, but not pleasant. I’d reserved the site because it was close to the water. With the camper’s electric cord and one extension cord, we couldn’t reach the electric box. We would have needed at least 2 more cords. This was site 111. The walk to the lake was a very steep narrow trail. We went to the campground gate and the attendant was very helpful in helping us with a new site. She told us when we were changing sites though, she told us that the 100 series is usually tent campers. That would be a nice note somewhere in the description of the campsite online. We ended up in the 500 series with a very nice site.

We didn’t take advantage of many walking trails, only taking a trail from our camp to the beach. The lake was very clean with clear water and a rocky looking bottom. The water was refreshingly cool too! The camp store was nice.

There was no boat ramp within the state park. Apparently if you have a boat that requires a ramp, you have to leave the park and use one elsewhere. The staff throughout the park didn’t seem to know what to think. We packed our canoe down to the beach by the Inn and when it was time to take out, the attendant at the boat rental gave permission to pull our vehicle down the lane where they park to take out.

As we expect from Indiana State Parks, the staff throughout the park was helpful and friendly. Even when the staff had to let us know our dog was barking while we were gone, they were very friendly about it and even took time to play with her on their break before we returned.

The shower house was clean and well kept. The water supply/fill stations throughout the campgrounds were somewhat sparse, though.

The biggest problem with the campground was that the dump station was buried in the back of one of the campground sections, near someone’s campsite. There were no signs on the way out of the park (when you need the dump station) pointing to it. I expect it would be a bear on a holiday weekend getting dumped and out of the park.

Some family of ours stayed in the Inn and enjoyed that stay. It seemed nice and had an indoor pool. There is also a Laundromat within the Inn. While it wasn’t advertised to the campground guests we used it because we were on a long trip of several parks and needed to do some laundry.

This was a very nice park that we look forward to returning to for a winter time stay in the Potawatomi Inn and experiencing the toboggan run. There was a game room and crafts at the inn, along with a sit down restaurant and a café type pizza/snack bar.

Visited July 2013
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73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Stay in the lodge and relax”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visit each year and meet good friends there. We always make our reservations one year in advance as the lodge fills up fast and there are few rooms available at short notice. The breakfast is always good in the lodge restaurant. We have never eaten lunch or dinner there as we explore the surrounding area in Angola and have found many good restaurants to enjoy. This is a good place just to relax with friends and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Visited August 2012
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Fishers, Indiana
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Another Great Indiana State Park1”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We visited over the July 4th Holiday and were very impressed with the many offerings at this park. We rented bikes and explored some of the trails which was very nice. We plan to return to try the beach and more of the trails. We also want to come back and stay at the Inn during the Winter to try our the tobogan run; they run a special during the Winter where you can stay one night and get one free during the week. Also, forgot to mention Lake James is beautiful and the park rents boats as well. Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Not Bad”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Park was not bad, very busy, very touristy. Just not what we were looking for. Noisy from all the boats and beach goers.

Visited July 2012
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