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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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  • Another big plus for Indiana State Parks. Nice cabins , nice trails and a really nice swimming pool. Great place for some fishing and very kid friendly. Nature Center and swimming pool or together alo...  more »
  • I had a wonderful stay at Shakamak State Park in April 2017. I stayed in Cabin #20, it was right by the water. The ground was steep to get to the water, but there are stairs to a dock which is shared ...  more »
  • My family is trying to visit all the state parks as part of the Hoosier Quest pin program. Shakamak was our 8th park so far. We rented a cabin for 2 nights. We had a great time! The lake is beautiful ...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery, great place to kayak in three different lakes. No gas motors make it safer and more peaceful. 7 well maintained trails that are frequented by a multitude of wildlife. Large, well, designed pool! mention large camp spots, Can't wait to go back.
  • Great camping sites, 8 spots are now full hook ups (water, sewage, and electricity, 30/50 amp) most of the corner sights are pull thru, the shower houses are nice, and all are well maintained. The camp site pads are gravel and enough room for a extra tent or dinning tent. The lakes are stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish. ONLY Electric trolling motors are allowed.
  • 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.

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