Shakamak State Park
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Introduction

Shakamak State Park is loaded with group and individual activities! Open all year long, this park offers a place for families to celebrate during school breaks or a holiday season. RV campsites are located in wooded areas allowing for campers to absorb nature’s beauty first hand. Lake lovers will appreciate the option to choose between Lake Shakamak, Lake Kickapoo, and Lake Lenape for boating, fishing, and plenty of water fun.

An aerial view of Shakamak’s lake waters is reminiscent of the shape of ocean coral. The lake’s form includes numerous inlets that make small boat travel and paddleboarding quite the adventure! While swimming is not permitted in the lake itself, plenty of fun is available with a pool and waterslides.

Join interpretive events, attend amphitheater programs, or visit the Nature Center between water adventures with the kids. Animal sightings bring science class to you at the water’s edge. Your days are sure to be filled with educational moments and memories to savor at Shakamak!

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Transportation in Shakamak State Park

Driving

Positioned just 30 miles southeast of Terre Haute, Indiana, Shakamak State Park provides an outdoor experience close to home for many repeat guests. The park entrance is located hree miles west of Jasonville, IN on State Route 48 and is accessible to RV and trailer setups. If the entrance hut is closed, campers will need to head through the gate to the park office to check-in.

Parking

Vehicles are permitted to encircle much of the lake areas, making this a great option for a scenic driving tour of the park. Parking is available along this outer roadway to help make trails and amenities more accessible. Boat ramps are located in several locations throughout the park.

Visitors may be directed to temporary parking if entrance to the park is gained after quiet hours have begun at 11 pm. Parking may be limited to one vehicle per site.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Shakamak State Park

Campsites in Shakamak State Park

Reservations camping

Terre Haute KOA

When traveling through Indiana’s Wabash Valley, soak up all the sights and sounds of bustling Terre Haute and the quiet, peaceful nature of Terre Haute KOA, just outside city limits. Shaded and pet-friendly, this family campground offers a seasonal pool, bike rentals and an off-leash dog park. The on-site Krossroads Cafe, open from April through October, serves homemade breakfast in the morning and pizza and burgers for dinner. Large rigs will have plenty of space in long, level pull-through sites. Enjoy the campground's hot, refreshing showers and sparkling clean bathrooms.

Shakamak RV and Trailer Camping Options

RVs and trailers are allowed to choose any individual non-electric, electric, or full hookup campsite in Shakamak State Park. RVs and trailers are not permitted in the cabin, youth tent, Rent-A-Camp, group camp, and shelter areas. Reservations are available in advance if made one or more days prior to your stay. Unfilled campsites will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by the day.

If the park store is closed, the park office allows campers to request help obtaining needed items. Picnic and shelter areas are available throughout the park. Water related facilities may be closed during the colder winter months. Wheelchair accessible sites and facilities are offered. Be sure to look for this option when booking online or inquire if booking by phone.

A wonderful benefit to Shakamak State Park camping is the availability of family and group oriented activities. Multiple families can camp near each other at individual campsites and easily venture to the tennis and basketball courts, the playgrounds, amphitheater events, and water activities together. Walking and driving options to and from the campsite areas make this park accessible in multiple formats.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Shakamak State Park

In-Season

Bird Watching and Wildlife Observation

Winter animals preparing to snuggle up for the cold months are a joy to see in the trees and walkways of Shakamak. Spring comes and their little heads pop out for hikers and observers. Trails and waterways fill with life in the summer months. Fall comes and the leaves cover the ground providing a beautiful crunch under the feet of trail-goers. Bring your binoculars and see what you can find in any season! Sharing the space of this park with its natural inhabitants is a joy for campers!

Boating

Paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking offer the water lover a chance to check out as many tiny sections of the three lakes as desired. Non-motorized crafts have multiple locations to choose from for entry to the water. Boat launch ramps are positioned at each of the three lakes.

Remember to follow Indiana state law regarding motorized and non-motorized watercraft. Permits are available online or through the park entrance. Note that even non-motorized watercrafts require a permit. Some boat style options are available for rent or bring your own boat!

Water Fun

Throw those swimsuits into the RV and be ready to get wet. An outdoor pool and waterslide bring an extra dose of interest to Shakamak State Park. Remember the sunblock!

Be sure to check pool and waterslide hours to ensure that you have plenty of time to enjoy these features of the park. Review each party member’s swimming ability and include this in your planning. Lifeguards must be on duty to utilize the pool and waterslide facilities.

Off-Season

Recreation Field with Lights

Bring your favorite sporting equipment! The tennis and basketball courts are open all year. A big field offers plenty of space for soccer or your family’s favorite team sport. Sledding is even sometimes an option if there is enough snowfall in the winter. Give your kids time and freedom to come up with their own new version of tag or flag football. Join other families and see what silliness ensues. What game will your group invent this year?

Fishing

Shakamak and its vast lake-oriented environment make it a fisherman’s dream. The many coves and small inlets offer a feeling of remoteness even in the midst of this public state park. You’ll have 400 acres of water to explore!

Bring your gear and favorite small watercraft and see what you find for dinner. A fish cleaning station is also available to help you get your catch from hook to plate. Don’t forget to bring your Indiana Fishing License. Licenses are available online.

Trail Time

Shakamak is a great option for anyone who loves to explore new trail options. Multi-use trails allow for hiking and biking in some locations. Hiking only trails allow you to meander along wooded trails and leave city-life elsewhere.

Your trail of choice may cross a dam or footbridge. Trailways range between easy and moderate and are very kid-friendly. Park maps are available online or through the park office. Remember to stay on the marked trails for the safety of animals and plants.

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