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Shakamak State Park, Jasonville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
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, and horseback riding. 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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  • We often camp here. It's our favorite state Park. Three lakes, wooded campground, pool, and not a busy place make this our top pick year to year. 
  • Really enjoyed trail #1 around the lake ... unspoiled nature. We started the trail just off the parking lot for the pool (which I was impressed was OPEN on LABOR DAY and was busy). Trail is 3.94 miles...  read more »
  • Great place to walk, hike, camp, fish, swim, run, picnic..... Beautiful in the fall. Wonderful pool with slide and diving boards. Has a beach like slope for the little ones. 
  • Love going here with my kids and grandkids. We always have a blast even though it ends up raining on us almost every day we make plans lol. We bike, picinic, and swim. The park is beautiful and the staff is great. Hope to spend more time there!
  • One of the best State Parks we been too. 3 lakes to fish, swimming pool, playground, nice hiking trails. The folks who run camp store were super nice. We stayed on site 35 and had a path to lake. Many sites almost two rv's wide. We will be back.
  • It's very pretty. We took a paddle boat ride and it was an adventure to figure out how to rent the paddle boats (you need to rent them at the entrance to the will pay a $20 deposit, cash, plus they will ask how long you plan to be out on the water - $4 per half hour plus tax, that you will pay up front; they will give you life jackets). We did not do any hiking after trying to start a trail and finding a bridge falling apart. The maps and signage are definitely lacking. However, it looks like a great place to rent a cabin on the lake and enjoy some time near the water.
  • A great park to spend a few days or even a week. The cabins are very affordable and well maintained. The lots are well shaded and as a result stay pretty cool. Most cabins have direct access to a dock no more than a few dozen feet from their door. The water is very clean and the lakes are very quiet because there is an electric motor(for boats) only rule. The pool is a little small if it's busy but is nice and family friendly. There are a couple decent fishing piers, but the best fishing is to be had with a boat. Highly recommended for a a nice quiet getaway.
  • awesome park grew up right down the street. great camping fishing is pretty good and the sledding in the winter is the best they have great trails for bike riding and if you pick the right one you might even find the old mine entrance off to the side of one of the trails.
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