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Shakamak State Park

Updated on August 19, 2014

A Visit to Shakamak State Park

Shakamak State Park lies in southwestern Indiana. It includes 1,766 acres of land including three lakes: Lake Lenape, Lake Shakamak, and Lake Kickapoo. If offers a number of outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, horse back riding, boating, camping, and fishing.

If you've never been to Shakamak State Park, this page will provide you with information you may want to know as well as a photo tour of the area. All of the photos were taken on April 22, 2010.

The name of the park, as well as the lakes, clearly come from the Indians who lived in the area. The land was later controlled by European settlers who farmed, operated mills, and mined coal. In fact, hikers can find evidence of the old mines along Trail 2.

More About Shakamak

Shakamak has no inn but it does offer camping, a group camp, and cabins for rent. One of the cabins is pictured below. Cabins and camp sites can be reserved by going to here.

There are also bridle trails. Horses are available at the sadle barn not far from the front gate of the park.

With lakes occupying over 400 acres of land, boating is certainly popular within the park. Visitors can launch their own boat of course or rent one at the park.

Hiking Trails at Shakamak State Park

Shakamak features over 8.5 miles of hiking trails as well as a path leading from the Gate House to Lake Shakamak which provides easy access to the trails.

Trail 1 is the longest hiking trail in the park at 3.95 miles. Like all trails at Shakamak, it is moderately rugged. The trail loops around Lake Shakamak, following the fingerlike shoreline closely. It can easily be picked up near the boat ramp at the Lake. The trail bed is primarily dirt and there are many tree roots to step over so attention has to be paid to avoid falls.

Trail 2 which is 1.5 miles long can be picked up and terminated along trail 1. It takes hikers through the woods, passing an old coal mine, and encircling some cabins and the Youth Tent Area. It's moderately rolling and well sheltered from any sun and wind. My favorite portions of the trail pass through pine forest.

Trail 3, which is a 1.4 mile long loop trail starts and ends near the Saddle Barn. Trail 4 is reached via the boat ramp or campground areas along Lake Lenapee. Hikers also have the option of picking it up from trail 3. It is 1.6 miles long. This trail features quite a few steps/stairs to climb, some nice lake views, and a bit of pine as well as hardwood forest. At the campground, hikers can cross the parking lot to go out onto the fishing pier.

For a trail map of Shakamak, go to this page.

A Look Around Shakamak State Park - Click on Thumbnail Images to View a Larger Size

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Trail 3Trail 4More of Trail 4The tip of Lake KickapooAlong Trail 2
Trail 3
Trail 3
Trail 4
Trail 4
More of Trail 4
More of Trail 4
The tip of Lake Kickapoo
The tip of Lake Kickapoo
Along Trail 2
Along Trail 2
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One of Lake Shakamak's "fingers".
One of Lake Shakamak's "fingers".
One of Lake Shakamak's "fingers".

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Been to several Indiana state parks and loved them all!

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      joykennel 5 years ago

      we love to go there every summer! Lens makes me wish it were today!! Nice job!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I would love to visit this park! Blessings while I wait.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful and blessed.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      well done and congratulations on your LOTD! cheers

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      rebeccahiatt 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Must drop by the park if ever in the area. Nicely done and congrats on lotd.

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      Archetypus 6 years ago

      Saw the LOTD and was pleasantly surprised that it was bout some place so familiar to me. I had been there just a few weeks ago in fact. Congratulations on your LOTD award and on such a great lens.

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      Archetypus 6 years ago

      Saw the LOTD and was pleasantly surprised that it was bout some place so familiar to me. I had been there just a few weeks ago in fact. Congratulations on your LOTD award and on such a great lens.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      I've been through Indiana many times, always liked the area. See you around the galaxy...

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      Congrats on the LoTD! Great lens, really makes me want to plan a trip there soon. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      This is a beautiful place for a vacation! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      ikeephouse 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Beautiful pictures.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD! You always do a great presentation of the parks in your area! :)

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Congrats on LotD. I was going to lensroll this to my Walking Across America lens, but then I remembered we can't do that anymore. This park looks awesome.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Looks like an awesome little park. I could handle wandering around those trails as it would be quite relaxing! Congrats on LOTD! :-)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What a lovely place - I feel like I really want to visit! Congrats on LotD!

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulaions on LOTD!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Enjoyed the walk with you. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      Congrates on LOTD - nice less

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      davidber 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      What an exhilarating walk in the park! Absolutely outstanding layout and content. Congratulations on your LotD.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful Park, well maintain, and I am sure the pride of Indiana.

      I never visit Indiana, but with so many info on Squidoo, I am tempt it... maybe I do it some day.

      Thanks for a great lens Congrats for LOTD

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Breathtakingly beautiful - well done on being awarded LotD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens - congratulations on winning Lens of the Day!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds like a lovely park! I love the pictures!

      I'll be sure to let my son know; he runs the Web site Park Grades and he can add this park so it can get reviews.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Great work and congratulation on LOTD!!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      Congrats for the LoTD.

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      sujaysen 6 years ago

      Nice to know.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Indiana is my home state...I love this lens because it's about Indiana, and also because of the beautiful photographs of the state I love. I can no longer live there due to health reasons, but I miss it tremendously. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      gusDon 6 years ago

      I like this Place... Shakamak... Beautiful place, in my country are also some very beautiful places, but not yet able to be managed by local governments ...

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Beautiful place to visit!

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      TalesTrailsAndT 6 years ago

      Beautiful park and wonderful photography. I feel as if I've just taken a hike thru the park.

      Kae

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. Added to my Indiana Lensograpy.

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Congratulations on LOTD. I've never been to this part of Indiana before. It's obviously a state that flies under the radar in terms of beauty!

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      JessicaMcCarty 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I live in Indiana so I definitely want to check it out!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing your state park with us... I LOVE state parks!!!! :)

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      vangusman 6 years ago

      @thestreetgirl: :-) just say to the park

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Very pretty!

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      67Shelbygal 6 years ago

      Wow, it looks beautiful out there. Great Lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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      ahashim 6 years ago

      A very informative lens. I wish one fine day I have the chance to visit some the places

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      One day I would go there. Congrats on LOTD

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Pictures are awesome. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Poison kitty 6 years ago

      Stunning pictures, I'll put it on my list of places to visit when i holiday in the states! Congratulations on your LOTD feature!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Your pictures of Shakamak State Park are wonderful. They would look good on a poster to create a "room with a view"!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful photos - and park! Wish I were there today! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! an informative and nicely done lens.

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      GoAceNate LM 6 years ago

      Wow what a great group of lenses. I may have to start my own lenses for Michigan. This is something I hadn't thought about before. Nice work. I gave your lenses all kinds of squidlove. Awesome!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for a virtual tour of Shakamak - makes me want to rent a cabin and just relax for a week or more enjoying nature's beauty. LOTD congrats ... love your photos!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for a virtual tour of Shakamak - makes me want to rent a cabin and just relax for a week or more enjoying nature's beauty. LOTD congrats ... love your photos!

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      arpak12 6 years ago

      What a beautiful place. I may have to visit it when I get a break from work.

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Excellent photos - great information - makes me want to visit!!! Congrats on LOTD - you deserve it!

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      Wonderful photos! A very enjoyable lens.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      So lush! This is very much like Sweden too. The photos here are wonderful! Congrats to the LOTD - you earned it =D

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Beautiful presentation! Congrats on LOTD

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      signdesign 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great place to visit this summer.

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Beautiful, congrats on LOTD!

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      congrats on LOTD, I enjoyed mny quick visit, and I see I can check out a lot of Indiana parks through your other lenses. Great photos and info, I really enjoy travel related lenses.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this one...and all the other state parks, too! Way to go, LOTD!

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      ludyshubs 6 years ago

      I like your lens. The park is beautiful. Congratulations it is LOTD!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      What a beautiful lens!! I just love the beautiful pictures and descriptions.

      Congrats on a well deserved LOTD.

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      thestreetgirl 6 years ago

      i love parks. it makes me feel relaxed with the trees surrounding me. nice photos, btw.

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      maraju lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos's it would certainly lure me to visit. Well done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful green tree! love your lens that make me feel fresh.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This will help entice more visitors to the park. Well done!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD. Lovely photos! Nicely done.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Great photo presentation. This park looks like a great place for a getaway. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really beautiful pics, congrats on LoTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks like a great place to visit and relax.

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      Quessity LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful showcase of nature!

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      ezbrowse 6 years ago

      Nice Lens. Wanna go to near nature.

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      BrahmM 6 years ago

      Great lens! Would love to hike this park!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! What a beautiful park! Stunning natural decor in which I'd agreeably pass the time!

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      beautiful, stunning lens! congratulations on a well deserved LOTD

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Congatulations for your LOTD for this, one of your many fine lenses. :)

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Congrats for the Lens of The Day.

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      Congrats on Lens of the Day! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful park :)

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      pixiepot 6 years ago

      Wow, this park is absolutely gorgeous, I'd love to visit it some day. Congratulations on the LOTD by the way, you totally deserve it.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Shakamak State Park is gorgeous - congrats on LOTD -:)

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Fantastic collection of state park lenses! I added this one to my family vacations lens - congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to return to congratulate you on a summer wonderful LOTD!

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      @anonymous: The link above in the section "More About Shakamak" will take you to a page where you can find out about cabin size and cost. Hope that helps. I can't post it here since the price might change at some point.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i was wounder about the price of ur cabins but u no longer have it so is easy to find the prices, i have been to the park but has been many years, but i do think would be nice ifwe knew the size of the cabins and price.just a suggestion. thank u

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Shakamak looks like another great park to visit. Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well I recognised ragwort, delphinium, cuckoo pint and buttercup among your photos - dont know if they have different names in the US though :). What a lovely place, the sort of place where I would love to ride and take advanatge of the bridle trails.