If spending a peaceful weekend (or longer) camping with your canine pal in one of Indiana's oldest state parks sounds like your idea of the pawfect getaway, you'll love Pokagon State Park.
Located five miles north of Angola in the state's northeast, this nature preserve was originally called Lake James State Park when it was proposed as the fifth Indiana State Park in 1925. Later renamed to acknowledge the region's rich Native American history, Pokagon State Park offers more opportunities for outdoor fun and games than you can wag a tail at.
Covering more than 1,200 acres, the park fronts Lake James on its western and southern boundaries and Lake Snow in the north. These picturesque lakes are perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing, not to mention taking in a scenic sunset or two with your pooch by your side.
Paddleboat, rowboat, and pontoon rentals are all available, while there's also a sand volleyball court and popular kids' playground. Picnicking facilities are also provided, while adventure addicts are treated to a quarter-mile twin-track toboggan run that could see them reaching speeds of up to 40mph.
A network of hiking trails wind their way through Pokagon State Park, providing easy to moderate walking opportunities. And if you visit during winter, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing are all available to keep you entertained.
When you're ready to set up camp, there are 200 electric and 73 non-electric sites to choose from. Your pooch is more than welcome to join you in the campground, provided you remember a few simple rules.
Your pet will need to be on a leash and under control at all times. You'll also need to make sure that you properly dispose of their waste whenever necessary.
Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway, adrenaline-pumping action, or just the chance to spend some time in the great outdoors with your pet, Pokagon State Park is a must-visit. Check it out with your furry friend whenever you get the chance.