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“Great Campground and Awesome Pool”

Ouabache State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Bluffton
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This area of Wells County was once occupied by the Miami, whose villages flanked the banks of the Wabash river that forms the southern property boundary. The park name is spelled Ouabache and is often pronounced O-ba-chee. Many of the buildings used on this property were built by the CCC workers of the 1930s. We are located near Bluffton, IN. Ouabache Wonderland of Lights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Friday, December 1 through December 31st, 2017. The Lodge Recreation Building will be open for year round rentals beginning April 1, 2017. A swim beach is being added this season. Pool will be open limited hours. Check DNR webpage or FB page for information, or call the park office.
Reviewed October 12, 2013

I've had the privilege of staying in a lot of Indiana State Parks, over the years, but Oubache State Park continues to be one of my favorites. The campsites are good sized with lots of tree cover and the pool with the waterslide is hard to beat.

Thank Jeff N
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Ouabache State Park near Bluffton, Indiana is an excellent state park. The park has paddle boats and bikes for rent which are great activities for kids. The park roads are well maintained and it is easy to drive from the campgrounds to the pool, pond and the fire tower. There is a nature reserve where 6-8 bison can be observed (through a fence) grazing. The fire tower is old and if you are not comfortable with heights, I would avoid climbing as it is wobbles a bit when you climb up to the top. The pool is very nice and has a water slide and twin diving boards which are really fun for the kids.

The campground is divided into two sections - one with paved roads and one with gravel roads. We stayed in the section with gravel roads and will not make this mistake again. These camp sites are fine for RVs but if you are tent camping, most of these sites do not have enough space to fit a six person tent. The paved section has bigger camp sites that have more flat grassy areas that are better suited for tent camping. There are several bike trails that are quite long and wind through the woods. Overall a great location for camping.

Thank MikeTK421
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a nice state park South of Fort Wayne, IN. There's a fee to get in. There are a lot of hiking trails that are for the most part well maintained. There are several picnic areas. There's a large pen with some buffalo inside. There's also a rickety old fire tower you can go up if you aren't afraid of heights or it falling down while you're up there! There's a pool. The lake looked kind of milky, I don't know why. It had rained the day before we got there, so I don't know if that had something to do with it. My husband was unable to catch any fish out of it, but I don't think I should blame the lake for that :)
We camped at the campground & it was nice. The bathrooms were clean, though old. I would recommend a weekend trip, which is what we did.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We camped at Ouabache State Park in June 2013. This was stop #3 of a 6 stop tour of some of Indiana’s State Parks. The park was nice, but average as far as Indiana’s State Parks go. The lake was a decent size for a small jon boat or canoe and has a nice boat ramp for these smaller vessels. The pool was also very nice and well attended to by the lifeguards. The trails that we walked were nice, though there was a noticeable amount of litter along the trail that runs behind the campground, which was disappointing.

The campground had water spigots every few hundred feet and a fill station near the camp gate. The sites in the middle of the campground were wet and looked as if they probably stay that way. The shower house was dated, but clean. The lower-numbered sites were all paved and seemed to be level. The higher numbered sites (I think section B) were rock, but were more secluded, if less level. Some of those sites were a good hike from the shower house though. The pool is a short walk by trail to section A of the campground.

The firetower is a nice climb and you can see the lake and buffalo from there. Fishing in the lake wasn’t especially productive for us, though they say it’s decent. It would be nice to see a nature center in the future plans for this park.

The manager and assistant manager were very nice and helpful. The gate attendants, however, were somewhat an exception to the rule for Indiana State Parks. While they weren’t rude, they weren’t overly cheerful or friendly. Others in the park were fine. The camp hosts, originally from Germany, were very nice to visit with.

Another nice Indiana State Park, but I wouldn’t drive out of my way to get here.

Thank CampinFamily
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Overall, this state park isn't bad, it has a lot of space to run around and plenty of beautiful scenery.
However, there is only one "good" playground and it was in the heat of the sun and not usable during our time there. All of the other playgrounds are in the shade, but notably aged and in need of some TLC. We didn't pay for any of the other activities, but there are paddle boats and a pool that looked nice.

If I were a camper, there was a nice sized campground near the back.

The highlight of the park was the buffalo to watch and the old watch tower to climb up.

Not a lot to do with little kids either. I may take the family back in a few years when they are older.

Thank Vacation_Commander
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