Chain O' Lakes State Park

Chain O' Lakes is a state park in Northern Indiana. 2355 E. 75th St., Albion. +1 260 636-2654.



Before being settled by pioneers, the Miami Indians lived in the area. The north shore of Bowen Lake was the home to about 30 wigwam homes. In the 1830s pioneers started settling in the area, and one of them, William Bowen, built a cabin in this area. The park was invited into the State Park system in 1960.

Prior to human habitation, the lakes in the chain are kettle lakes, formed 10,000 years ago from blocks of ice that melted, carving the channels that connect the 11 lakes.


Winters are chilly and snowy, Summers are hot and muggy near the lakes. Spring and Fall are moderate and pleasant!


Steep rolling hills and bogs surround the area consisting of 11 connected lakes of all shapes and sizes. Areas can get a little muddy near the lakes. Bowen Lake is the deepest lake at 65 feet deep, and the shallowest is Dock Lake at 22 feet deep.

Flora and fauna

Locust and pine are just two of the many flora found in the park.


Get in

From the North: From I-80/90 head south on IN-9 then turn east on CR-75S into the park.

From the South: Take I-69N from Fort Wayne onto US-33N then go north on IN-9 then east onto CR-75S into the park.


Basic Gate Fees

Boating Fees

Get around

Driving into the park is your best option! Once you arrive, you can easily hike and boat around the park.






Alcohol is allowed, though not in the campgrounds, youth camps, or in public buildings (i.e. Nature Center, Reservation Center, etc.). The park does provide non-alcoholic refreshments at the beach and in the camp store.

From the official website. "Alcohol: is strictly forbidden at Indiana Dunes State Park and in all youth camps. At other properties, both daily visitors and campers are asked to be responsible when drinking alcohol. Possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 is against the law in Indiana; and this will be enforced."




Stay safe

Be advised that there is a minimum security state prison on the eastern part of the State Park which houses around 150 minimum security prisoners that are deemed not to be a threat; there are no fences around the prison. Having lived in the area for many years, I do not remember any incidents of prisoners causing any types of issues as they generally want to be there and don't want to do anything to jeopardize their remaining time.

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