Chain O' Lakes State Park
This is lake country and a small boater's paradise. Nine connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures at Chain O'Lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 10 miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin, or visit the park's old one-room schoolhouse nature center. Other facilities available for visitors to enjoy include a campground, beach and picnic shelters.
I've been at Chain O Lakes a number of times. Mostly, I've been there to walk or run the trails. And the trails are great as they snake up and over and down the huge ridge which creates the spine of this fine, small park. It's a hidden gem of Indiana State Parks.
We had a great weekend in a cabin. Keep in mind the cabins are certainly no Holiday Inn. Primitive enough to keep things interesting, with the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating. No AC. Plenty of boat ramps, since larger boats (bigger than a kayak) may not be able to get from lake to lake. The busiest lake has the kayak rentals, the others seem fairly quiet. Would stay again, unfortunately there's not a big grocery store within 30 mins so make sure you've got what you need or you'll be paying premium prices at the general store.
Great place to camp, hike, and kayak! I've camped at both the rally and primitive campsites and had a good experience. The main boat launch and rental is in the middle of the "chain", so we'll usually pick one side of the chain to kayak. Hiking here is great too, especially when fall colors are peaking. Glad we have a spot like this so close to Fort Wayne!
Went on winter hike with snowshoes. Beautiful park. Whole different perspective in winter.
Nice place for camping. We go at least once a year. Clean. Nice playground for the kids.