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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, 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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  • Cabins are in excellent shape with a nice firepit/grill combo. All kinds of fantastic wildlife to enjoy. Pool is great but I think there should be some kind of weekly pass or discount if you are stayi...  more »
  • I live close so we go here on a regular basis. If you take out the political climate and the fact that whatever elected official in the office will determine what parks get special treatment, then you...  more »
  • Nice park with 3 good size lakes to fish, nice outdoor pool (wasn't open when we visited this time), campground, cabins and picnic areas. We always had good success fishing for crappie in the spring a...  more »
  • Love this place! It's beautiful and peaceful. Has awesome prices on boat rentals and 3 lakes and their cabins are amazing for the price...we love it. We caught about 12 crappie just from the dock last weekend. Definitely worth the trip if you like serene and removed parks.
  • Our family had a wonderful time camping at Shakamak! The paddle boat 2 hour window is understandable during peak season but we rented the only 2 on the slip that day. Wish we were able to extend the 2 hours. You can rent the row boats for 24 hour periods which is great!
  • We stayed 2 days in cabin 1. I wish we could have stayed longer. I was so impressed. It was rustic but so clean. There were protectors on each mattress and cabin was very clean. The view of the lake from the cabin is so beautiful. Private dock was great for fishing. Park staff is so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back.
  • This park seemed to be very well kept and also had a beach!! We enjoyed just visiting and having a nice quiet picnic!!
  • The facilities here are cleaned regularly & in great condition. Very handicap friendly. Also great hiking & fishing. Our church took a retreat here last fall and there was a grove of persimmons ripe for the picking just outside our cabin! We will definitely be going back in years to come.