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Shakamak State Park, Jasonville

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Shakamak State Park is a state park in Indiana, United States. It is located 30mi southeast of Terre Haute, Indiana.Shakamak's main attraction is its excellent fishing. Shakamak has several outdoor recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, paddle boating, row boating, camping, fishing. The park offers rentals for cabins and campsites and is located just 3mi from Jasonville, IndianaHistoryShakamak State Park was dedicated on September 3, 1928.The land was donated for a state park from the counties of Clay, Greene and Sullivan. The name "Shakamak" was chosen by the park's founders. The word is said to mean "river of the long fish" in the language of either the Delaware (Lenape) or Kickapoo Indians, and was said to be used by them to describe the nearby Eel River. The park founders simply adopted the name for the park long after any Delaware departed the area—well over 100 years before in 1819.The first lake of Shakamak Park was created by the stopping up of a 5ft sewer and additional lakes were added in following years (30 years later in the case of Lake Kickapoo). There were no lakes in the area prior to that time. It was purposely stocked with bass by Richard Lieber in May 1930, starting the park's fame for fishing in July 1932 after sufficient time had passed for the original bass to reproduce enough to populate the lake. Further development of the park also occurred with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). CCC Company 522 was located in the park from 1933 until 1942.
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  • Having never been to Shakamak, I took a chance and reserved a campsite for Fall Break. Unfortunately, someone had occupied our reserved site by mistake, but we rolled with it and chose another. Many s...  more »
  • We were surprised at how nice this cabin was for a campground cabin. Equivalent to a hotel room. The view of the lake is beautiful. Cabins A&B are connected, like a double. However They have their own...  more »
  • We booked a last minute camping to Shakamak State Park. We had never camped here before so we were excited for a new adventure. We enjoyed the camp ground very flat. The park has a lot to do. The park...  more »
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  • Great park, I walk there almost every day. Safe, nice pool, big campground and small family cabins. Several trails of varying length and difficulty. Nice place to walk your dog, jog or walk. Just a real nice park with three lakes to fish as well.
  • Absolutely love this park. We spent a couple of nights in one of their cabins. Impressed with the cabin and amenities. Stayed off season so it was quiet and we had our pick of fishing spots! Will definitively be going back!
  • We enjoyed our visit to Shakamak, although it isn't as well maintained as some other state parks we've visited. The trails aren't always clearly marked, and the map is a good guide but it's not to scale. There were a few places on trail 1 where the dirt path has almost completely eroded away! They keep the campground clean and reasonably maintained, and the pool and slide was a huge hit with the kids!
  • Nice big sites we've stayed twice now site85
  • Beautiful state park. The biggest reason why we moved to Jasonville. Great for hiking!
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