For a relaxing weekend getaway with the family in northeast Indiana, head to the Chain O'Lakes State Park in Albion! With quite literally a chain of lakes as its main attraction, this 2,700-acre site is a dream destination for small boaters and outdoor enthusiasts. Best of all, you don't have to leave your pupper at home, as leashed four-legged visitors are welcome at this state park!
One of the best ways to see the natural beauty of the area is to go on a boat ride. Hop into a rented canoe or kayak with Fido, paddle through the nine connecting lakes, and soak up the peaceful views with your best friend by your side. You may also use the park's boat launch ramp if you have your own watercraft; there are no boat launch fees, but you do need to have a DNR Lake Permit.
If your pooch prefers to go exploring by land, Chain O'Lakes offers 10 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to rugged. Many of these trails weave around the lakes and will take you and your adventurous pal through wooded areas and open fields. Be sure to stay on marked paths, keep your pup on a leash at all times, and clean up after them immediately.
The state park includes a large campground with over 400 sites for guests who wish to stay overnight. Family cabins are also available for rent, but these are not dog-friendly, so you and Fido will have to rough it a bit. Not to worry, though, as the campground is equipped with hot water, showers, and flush toilets. There's also a well-stocked camp store where you can grab some groceries and supplies in case you forgot something. But don't forget to bring cash, as there is a daily entrance fee of $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.
Discover lake country and have a woofderful time with your furry buddy at the Chain O'Lakes State Park!