Lakes and Parks in Angola, Indiana

Lakes and Parks in Angola, Indiana

Do you enjoy swimming, boating, fishing or just exploring the beauty of nature in general? If so, Angola, Indiana, is the spot for you. Anyone longing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a breath of fresh country air will surely benefit from an escape to one of its many lakes, parks and campsites. 

From adrenaline-pumping activities like sports and biking to a relaxing lakeside stroll or boat ride, this list of Angola's lakes and parks below has something for everyone to enjoy. Read on to discover if any of them strike your fancy!

6 of the Best Lakes and Parks in Angola, Indiana

Are you longing for a weekend of relaxation, fun and exploring the outdoors? Angola, Indiana, has a beautiful variety of lakes and state parks with plenty of sights and activities the whole group can enjoy. Gather some ideas for your next trip with the list of lakes and parks in Angola below!

1. Lake James

Being the largest of Steuben County's five lakes, Lake James is a crowned jewel for both its size and gorgeous shoreline. It also offers various three-season recreational activities like horseback riding, a clean beach for swimming, a wooded campground and trails for walking and biking. During winter, you can enjoy a toboggan slide, ice skating, cross country skiing and ice fishing.

Whether fishing from a boat or strolling along the beautiful shores of Lake James, nature lovers will find no shortage of opportunities to connect with the outdoors. You will likely spot various wildlife, including Canada geese, deer, sandhill cranes and Mute Swan, on the shores and surrounding farms.

2. Pokagon State Park

Located near Angola just off I-69, Pokagon State Park offers abundant opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Originally called Lake James State Park, it was renamed Pokagon State Park to acknowledge the region's Native American roots. The park borders beloved natural lakes, including Snow Lake and Lake James, so you can enjoy a day full of breathtaking views, relaxation and fun! Take a walk or hike the meadows and hills to see how many stone and log structures you can find.

Did you know Pokagon State Park is also one of Indiana's most stunning winter wonderlands? With various activities like sledding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and tobogganing available from late November through February, your next winter vacation will be one for the books.

3. Trine State Recreation Area

 Adjacent to Pokagon State Park and open year-round, Trine State Recreation Area features three beautiful trails for walking and mountain biking. If you are looking for a lower-impact activity, you can rent a fishing boat or paddleboat to enjoy a relaxing cruise along Gentian Lake instead. Alternatively, you can catch some bluegill, perch or bass on the fully accessible fishing pier!

The Trine State Recreation Area features wetlands, hills and natural beauty, perfect for picnics, sightseeing and relaxing in beautiful landscapes.

4. Steuben County Park

Nestled along the eastern shoreline of Angola's Crooked Lake, Steuben County Park features 74 beautiful rolling acres of fairgrounds, as well as a newly constructed 10,000-square-foot event center. There are also over 150 seasonal campsites equipped with camper and RV hookups, slips for boat mooring and access to a stretch of public beach. 

The park's special event venue, the Lion's Club building, is ideal for hosting receptions, small conferences and other celebrations. It includes a full-service kitchen for your catering and serving needs. Whether you need the perfect space for a private gathering or a peaceful lakeside escape, Steuben County Park can deliver!

5. Fox Lake

Fox Lake is a hidden gem with a fascinating history. In the late 1920s, a group of Fort Wayne businessmen bought land in Angola and built three cottages under the Fox Lake Land Company. 

There weren't many safe vacation spots for African Americans during this era, so their goal was to market the land to Indiana's growing African American community — specifically, those searching for an independent resort where they could freely enjoy the pleasures of summertime activities and escape the heat of the cities.

Fox Lake was Indiana's first and only resort to cater to African American families. It was a place for them to fish, swim, boat and ride horses. Today, Fox Lake Resort's community continues to flourish and has nearly 100 homes in the area. Visitors can enjoy an array of recreations like fishing, boating and swimming.

Since 2001, Fox Lake has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Second and third-generation lake cottage owners continue to uphold traditions dating back to the 1930s. 

6. Hogback Lake

Escape the daily stress and chaos of city living with a peaceful lakeside retreat at KOA Holidays, a peaceful campground conveniently located on Angola's Hogback Lake. 

With endless amenities and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, everyone can find things to do and see for an unforgettable stay. Whether exploring the on-site marina with canoe and kayak rentals, strolling along the private beach, hitting the volleyball court or taking your furry friend to the dog park, you will have a full itinerary for the duration of your trip. 

The lake itself offers a cozy, foliage-lined retreat that balances the peaceful calm of lake waters with endless opportunities for water fun.

The KOA Campground also has plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained, like building a sandcastle, enjoying a lakeside picnic lunch, blowing off steam at the playground or letting them splash around in the sparkling swimming pool, depending on the season. Stay in a Tent Site or wind down at the end of the day in an upgraded RV Site with comfortable, deluxe cabins with full baths.

Whether you desire a fun-filled family vacation or a relaxing camping weekend, there is something for everyone at Angola/Hogback Lake KOA Holiday.

Reserve Your Stay at Kampgrounds of America Today!

Plan a memorable camping trip for your whole crew when you book your peaceful lakeside stay at Angola/Hogback Lake KOA Holiday. Whether you reserve one of the RV sitesDeluxe Cabins or Tent sites, there are plenty of ways to stay and explore — all while creating amazing memories with friends and family.

KOA makes it easy to book one of its many campsites online in your preferred method, whether directly through the website, app, over the phone or by email. Choose a site type that best accommodates your party and overnight needs, and schedule your stay in just minutes. Please contact the campground at any time with questions about amenities, availability or booking your stay, and reserve a site today to start exploring some of Indiana's finest lakes and parks!


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