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“Very nice state park in Northern Indiana”

Potato Creek State Park
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

Most people think of Northen Indiana as a place to get through on the way to Chicago but if you have some extra time, and are looking for something a little bit different, it is worth a short detour to Potato Creek State Park. We visited on a beautiful Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and while the park had plenty of visitors, once we got on the trails, we hardly saw anyone.

Something we didn't know until we visited this state park was that Northern Indiana and a part of Northern Illinois used to be part of a giant swamp called the Greak Kankakee Swamp. Until this swamp was drained by Indiana farmers in the mid 1800's, this part of Indiana used to host a huge number of birds and other wetland wildlife. In order to try and restore some wetlands to this area of Indiana, the state purchased a large amount of farm land in the 1970's to restore the land to something approaching what it once was. This purchase and restoration of wetlands became Potato Creek State Park.

The grand plans seemed to have worked because when we were there, the bird life was unexpectedly prolific. Don't miss stopping at the educational center, which has a large bird window. The bird window looks out upon numerous bird feeders that host a lot of feeding birds.

If you don't feel like hiking, there is also a large lake that has boating, swimming, and a beach and there are many horse trails as well. The park is about a thirty minute drive from the far Western South Bend exit off I-80/90 and the route is well signed.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Potato Creek State Park has been a favorite of the Keller family since the mid 80s. It's a very scenic Indiana State Park South of South Bend, IN. Worster Lake is the main attraction. Fishing, swimming & hiking are very popular.

It has an extensive hiking trail system. All of the trails are or can be made into loops. The trail they marked as rugged (trail 2) is merely moderate IMO. There are some stairs on trail 2. All the trails are scenic, most with some view of the lake.

There's a paved bike trail, as well a new mountain bike trail. I've only been on the paved trail & it's enjoyable.

It has a pretty good nature center. Many picnic areas. A few fishing piers & a fish cleaning station. There are boat rentals by the beach. The beach... well. All I have to say is, swim with the algae (yuck!). Lake swimming is not my favorite thing to do.

Potato Creek has a huge campground! The best sites are those that rim the campground. As always, stay away from the sites by the dumpsters! Modern restrooms with showers. There's a camp store & youth tent sites (I've taken Cub Scouts there to camp in the past). There's also another campground just for horsemen on the East side of the park. There are also extensive trails for horses. There are also cabins for rent by the week.

All in all, you can find a lot to do at Potato Creek. It's an enjoyable way to spend a weekend camping, hiking & fishing!

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