Shakamak State Park owes its name to
the Indians, meaning
"river of the long fish". Early residents of the
area mined coal from shaft mines, farmed and operated several
mills and brick plants in the area. In the early 1930's, the
Civilian Conservation Corps workers developed the park.
Shakamak State Park offers many facilities
such as, tennis courts, a swimming pool with a
20 foot plus slide, picnic areas, hiking trails, personal
and family cabin and boat rentals, several fishing piers,
a campground and a large group camp. Enjoy a family picnic
in one of the many shelter houses with fireplaces and playgrounds
for the kiddies. The group camp consists of dorms, showerhouse,
kitchen and dining facilities. Shakamak State Park cabins
are equipped with electric range, refrigerator, showers,
modern restrooms, beds and wood burning stoves. A new family
cabin overlooking the old beach area, is a duplex and is
also available for rent. Reserve early as these get booked
often throughout the year.
In the past Shakamak State Park has
been host to kayak races, state and national swimming competitions,
BMW motorcycle club get togethers, 4-H and church camps,
and bicycle tours. Visitors to Shakamak State Park could
hike along one of the four incredible scenic trails, fish
on one of the numerous fishing piers, take a scenic drive
through the park, paddle boat ride on one of the three Shakamak
lakes, swim in the pool with the awesome slide, or horseback
ride on one of the horses at the Shakamak stables. Accomodations
at Shakamak State Park, for Jasonville, Indiana visitors,
include the Shakamak State Park campground or one of the
many Shakamak cabins ...You are sure to enjoy your stay in
Jasonville "The Gateway to Shakamak".
The naturalists in the Shakamak State
Park nature center are available to answer questions
about the wildlife that inhabits the park during certain
times of the season. Mammals such as white-tailed deer,
raccoon, fox squirrel, and red fox are commonly seen by
the park visitors along with various birds such as the
cardinal (the Indiana state bird), nuthatches, bluejays,
redheaded woodpeckers and an abundance of waterfowl. You
never know what you may see when hiking Shakamak trails.
Shakamak State Park
Nature Center Hours Of Operation:
a schedule of all the cool Nature Center activities by
Shakamak's Interpretive Naturalists For
a list of Nature Center Activies Please contact Shakamak
Center Activities: Activities
include Hikes, Walks, interpretive demonstrations and
talks and more. Learn about
fishing, birds, recycling, masked bandits and more...Participate
in these fun filled events for young and old alike.
Shakamak State Park Patch Program: Come
to the Nature Center to find out the requirements for becoming
a Smokey’s Friend (5-7 years old), Jr. Naturalist (8
years old and up), and Hoosier Ecologist (Jr. Naturalist
Graduates). Or continue working on your special projects
or identification quizzes. No groups
Annual Special Events at Shakamak
Some activities at Shakamak State Park
Get InShape at Shakamak State Park for the annual InShape Walk.
Are you a member of InShape Indiana? Be a healthy Hoosier, find
out more information and join
Free Fishing Weekend
Indiana residents, 17 and older,
who would need a valid license to fish public waters, can
head out to Shakamak State Park for free. Children younger
than 17 are not required to have a fishing license at any
time during the regular fishing season.
History Day -Model
A's will be showcased by the swimming pool at Shakamak State
Pow Wow - September
A Pow Wow will be held which includes
indian dancers, drums and native craft vendors.
Halloween Weekend -It's
a Halloween Spooktacular at Shakamak State Park. Decorate campsites,
trick or treating, games, snacks, face painting, haunted house,
pumpkin rolling, sack and spoon races, hayride, storytime,
Park Cabin Rental Fees and Options: Cabin reservations
can be made at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
9-26... Available April - November: These
cabins accomodate a maximum of 6 people and include a
double bed, 2 sets of bunk beds, table and chairs, kitchen
with sink, electric range and refrigerator, bathroom
with sink, stand up shower and flush stool, wood burning
stove for heat, fire ring with swing away grill, along
with a dock and fishing pier area. Note: These
cabins do not include linens, cooking, and eating utensils
Cabins B, C & D...
Open Year Round: These
cabins offer the same amenities as cabins 9-26 but also
offer electric heat and a small living area. They are not
situated on the water and do not have docks or piers.
A&B... Open Year Round: Lakeview
A & B accommodate a maximum of 8 people. Each side
of the duplex offers 1 queen bed, 1 queen sofa sleeper,
2 sets of bunk beds, glass top range, microwave, and coffee
pot. Some cooking utensils and cookware excluding eating
utensils are provided. The cabin has a bathroom with tub/shower,
flush stool and sink, along with a living area with plush
sofa and sitting chairs. Lakeview A&B overlooks Lake
Shakamak and has a private dock and fishing pier. A fire
ring and swing away grill is also available.
1... Open Year Round: Cabin 1 now has
bathroom and the kitchen and floors have been remodeled
along with new beds and new curtains.
a Camp: The rent a camp is available
from April to November. There are a total of 7 cabins
to accommodate a maximum of 6 people each. The cabins
are located in the primitive campground and offer a full
sized bed, 2 sets of bunk beds, and table and chairs.
They have electricity but no running water, and no bathroom
or kitchen area. These cabins allow you access to the
shower house in the class b campground.
State Park Group Camp: The newly remodeled Shakamak
State Park Group Camp is the perfect place for your club,
group or organization to hold your special event. The group
camp is complete with a mess hall, cooks quarters, 12 bunkers,
nurses station, office, lighted recreation field, craft
hall, and showerhouse with restrooms. The renovations include
restrooms and showers, heat and air conditioning in all
the cabin bunkers with counters and stoves coming soon.
The group camp can be rented by utilizing the whole camp
or as seperate cabins. Check with the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources for pricing.
Group Camp Photos:
The group camp is a great place to hold your wedding or
The bunker cabins are newly remodeled and have bunk beds,
restrooms, and showers.
The Shakamak State Park group camp mess / dining hall
has a kitchen for preparing your meals.
cabin bunkers all have been renovated with new windows
State Park Swimming Pool:
Contact Shakamak State Park for hours of operation
Shakamak State Park
Camp Store Information:
The camp store is opened in
the summer and on weekends
in the spring and fall. The camp store offers camping supplies,
bait, ice cream, snacks, refreshments, souveniers, firewood
The park camp store is located beside the swimming pool entrance.
Contact Shakamak State Park for hours of operation.
Shakamak State Park
The horse stables are located near the entrance
to Shakamak State Park. They offer trail rides, pony rides and
Stable Reservations: Call
(812)665-2203 or make reservations in person before 5pm
Location and Contact Information:
Shakamak State Park
6265 W. St. Rd. 48
Jasonville, IN 47438