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Located in Southwestern Indiana, Shakamak State Park lies just three miles from Jasonville and about 25 miles from Terre Haute. The word "shakamak’: means "waters of the long fish" as Delaware Indians fondly referred to nearby Eel River. Established in 1929, Shakamak State Park was previously a coal mining spot. Today, guests come here to enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, and biking.
Sprawling over 1,766 acres, Shakamak State Park boasts of over 400 acres of water. Those with an RV and choose to make this park home, will find three beautiful man-made lakes, the 290-acre Lake Kickapoo, the 49-acre Lake Lenape and, 56 acre-Lake Shakamak. These lakes offer great aquatic recreation ranging from fishing, boating, and kayaking. The park is covered with oak forest and pines. Book an RV in Clay County to enjoy the serenity and wonderful views of Shakamak State Park.
The primary attraction to this state park is its water bodies, which keep outdoor enthusiasts coming back year after year. All three Shakamak lakes provide you with excellent fishing opportunities. While enjoying RV camping at Shakamak State Park anglers can try their luck on the largemouth bass, panfish, and bluegill. Other common species include channel fish, black crappie, and sunfish. There is a fish cleaning station and several fishing piers if you don’t have a boat. Anglers, resident, and non-residents will need a valid Indiana fishing license for this activity.
For avid hikers, the park is graced with 20 miles of well-marked recreational trails. Four scenic trails wind through the parks forest. Trails take you through abandoned coal mines, and at some point, the trails go around the shores of the three lakes. Hikers will discover that Shakamak State Park is home to a variety of wild creatures. They will spot much wildlife roaming the park, including raccoons, foxes, deer, and squirrels. About half of the trails are multi-use and are perfect for biking and horseback riding.
All three Shakamak State Park lakes support boating. Each lake is equipped with a boat ramp. Boaters can either bring their own boats or rent one inside the park. Paddle boating, kayaking, and canoeing are popular. Be sure to check the park boating rules and regulations prior to putting your boat in so that you will not encounter any violations.
Lake Shakamak is fitted with a big and clean outdoor swimming pool nearby for visitors of all ages. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and there are lifeguards manning the pool. There are water slides and a kiddy pool for children. For those who just want to relax, the poolside area offers awesome views of the lake.
When you are searching for an overnight stay, Shakamak State Park offers 219 campsites. These campsites are a mix of electric and non-electric sites. There are a few full hookup sites available. The campsites are wooded, big and secluded, and offer good privacy. While camping at Shakamak State Park, you will appreciate the nice amenities offered, including hot showers, modern restrooms, and fire rings.
For those with large trailer rentals, Shakamak State Park is big rig friendly. Some campsites can accommodate RVs and trailers of up to 119 feet. Pets are welcome in this facility so don't forget Fido.
When you camp in an RV near Shakamak State Park, you will find several nearby attractions within a one hour drive. Not too far is Sullivan County Park and Lake in Sullivan. About 16 miles from Shakamak State Park and sitting on the shores of the 461-acre Lake Sullivan this park is popular with anglers. Bass, crappie, and bluegill are the most common species in lake waters.
The 9,000 acres Greene- Sullivan State Forest is less than an hours drive from the park. This expansive forest features over 120 lakes and boasts of diverse flora and fauna. The forest offers plenty of outdoor recreation ranging from hunting, fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding.
George Rogers Clark National Park in Vincennes is another favorite spot to consider visiting while out on your day excursion. Resting on the shores of the Wabash River, the park has a wealth of American history. Inside the beautiful monument, visitors will find interesting features including paintings, granite statues, and historical murals showcasing the area and parks history.
For those interested in events, be sure to plan your RV camping at Shakamak State Park around the popular annual festival season. Sullivan Corn Festival is held each year in September. This popular annual concert features carnival rides, corn feed, and live music. What a great way to spend your family-fun outdoor adventure!