Chain O'Lakes State Park (Indiana)

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Chain O'Lakes State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Chain O'Lakes State Park
Map showing the location of Chain O'Lakes State Park
Location of Chain O'Lakes State Park in Indiana
Location Noble County, Indiana, USA
Nearest city Albion, Indiana
Coordinates 41°19′59″N 85°22′50″W / 41.33306°N 85.38056°W / 41.33306; -85.38056Coordinates: 41°19′59″N 85°22′50″W / 41.33306°N 85.38056°W / 41.33306; -85.38056
Area 2,718 acres (11.00 km2)
Established 1960
Visitors 261,579 (in 2008-2009)
Governing body Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Nature center, the former Stanley School-District No. 2.
A wagon wheel grown into the V of a deceased Ash tree, near the boat launch on Long Lake (2012).

Chain O'Lakes is an Indiana state park on 2,718 acres (11.00 km2) in Noble County, Indiana, in the United States. The park is 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Fort Wayne.

As the name suggests, it is a park for boaters, with eight connecting lakes, and eleven lakes total. The lakes are kettle lakes, formed by receding ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch, which also made the steeply rolling hills and bogs of the park. Bowen Lake is the deepest at 65 feet (20 m), and the shallowest is Dock Lake at 20 feet (6 m) deep. Outwash sediments, sediment from Canada, and muck/peat filled bogs caused by the glaciers are accessible by the several miles of hiking trails. Power boats on the lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

There are more than 10 miles (16 km) of hiking trails. Cross-country skiing is available in the winter. There is one large campground as well as a Rally campground, a Youth Tent Area and a canoe camp. There are also 18 furnished cabins available for rental. There is one swimming area in the park.

Starting in 2011, Chain O'Lakes State Park has served as the site of The HUFF 50K Trail Run and Relay, the twelfth largest ultramarathon in North America.


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