Description - On the shores of Lake James and Snow
Lake, amid the rolling hills of Indiana’s lake
country, Pokagon State Park offers unexcelled
opportunities for outdoor recreation
at all seasons of the year. In a region
where the Potawatomi Indian people ruled
for many years, the park takes its name
“Pokagon” from their last two, most notable
leaders, Leopold and Simon Pokagon
(father and son). By treaty, Potawatomi
transferred to the federal government
approximately one million acres of land,
including the present site of Chicago, at the price of three cents an acre.
Copyright: - Indiana Department of Natual Resources
Pakagon State Park
- The lakes form an attractive background
for Pokagon, offering excellent fishing,
boating and swimming throughout the
summer, and a perfect setting for many
winter sports when the snow flies. There
are two beaches, twelve miles of trails,
and ample opportunities to enjoy lake
shores, wooded hills, wetlands and open meadows.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities at Pokagon State Park include hiking boating, biking, camping, fishing, picnicking and swimming. Visitors can also enjoy the Nature Center and the interpretive naturalist service. In the winter the park has a 1,780 foot toboggan run and other activities such as ice skating, cross-country skiing (rental), camping and ice fishing.
Climate - Visitors to this state can expect hot and humid summer days that often reach 90 degrees F in July and August. Summer nights bring little relief with an average temperature of 70. Winter can be extremely cold in this Midwestern state with a yearly average of 40 inches of snow and low temperatures dipping to negative 15 degrees F. Winter daytime highs average close to 40 degrees. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit Indiana spring brings blooming wildflowers and daytime highs of 65 degrees F. With falls mild temperatures the leaves in the forested southern regions of the state change to brilliant hues.
Pokagon State Park is located in the northeast portion of the state bordering Lake James and Snow Lake. The park is near Angola off I-69.