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Winter Adventure Indoor Camp – Pokagon: Indiana State Parks’ Winter Wonderland

Winter Adventure Indoor Camp Trip – Pokagon: Indiana State Parks’ Winter Wonderland

Pokagon is Indiana State Parks’ winter wonderland, with cross-country ski rental; sledding, ice fishing, hiking, and a twin-track toboggan run... “What a thrill!”… That's what you'll say once you've experienced the quarter-mile, refrigerated toboggan run at speeds of 35-40 mph.

Pokagon State Park is about a 3-hour drive from Chicago.

We will be staying in the indoor group camp on Lake James. It has 2 bunk houses (North and South) that sleeps 18 each, Counselor's Cabin that sleeps 16, a kitchen and dining room with a fireplace, a shower building, and a craft room. The cost will be $50 for 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and firewood.

The South Bunk house will be designated as a "Women Only" bunk house. It is the one closest to the shower building and the parking lot.The North Bunk house is the unmarked rectangle on the top of the map.

Campus Map:

This is cross posted with other meetup groups.

You are on your own for snacks, lunches and Friday Night dinner. All beverages are BYOB. Please bring a cooler for drinks.

Refund Policy: Refunds are only available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. After that, there are no refunds unless the trip is canceled.

Park entrance fees $5.00 in-state vehicles, $7.00 out-of-state vehicles.

In your RSVP please include if you need a ride or you can offer a ride.

Tentative Schedule (You are free to join in on the activities or not.):

Friday Night: Arrive at Camp (Toboggan Run?) Meet, Greet, and Games (Board/Card) plus S'Mores.

Saturday Morning: Breakfast - Hike (7-8 Miles)

Saturday Afternoon: Free Time (Cross-Country Skiing, More Hiking, Outlet Mall, etc.)

Saturday Evening: Dinner - Toboggan Run. Games (Board/Card) (Euchre Tournament?) plus S'Mores.

Sunday Morning: Breakfast - Cross-Country Skiing

Sunday Afternoon: Pack and head for home.


Pokagon State Park


Park Map:

450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, IN 46703

On the shores of Lake James and Snow Lake, amid the rolling hills of Indiana’s lake country, Pokagon State Park offers unexcelled opportunities for outdoor recreation during all seasons. The lakes form an attractive background for Pokagon, offering excellent fishing, boating and swimming throughout the summer, and a perfect setting for many winter sports. There are two beaches, 12 miles of trails, and ample opportunities to enjoy lake shores, wooded hills, wetlands and open meadows.


Toboggan Run:


The Refrigerated Toboggan opens for the season, snow or no snow, on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. and operates on weekends only through Sunday, February 24, 2013. The hours of operation are Fridays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General Information

-$12.00 per toboggan per hour

-Warming Center Concession (carry-in food prohibited)

-Maximum of 4 people per toboggan (no exceptions)

-Must use park’s toboggans

-No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride

-A driver’s license is required as a deposit

-Refrigerated track (snow is not needed to operate)

-Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted

*Friday night discount, rent two sleds get a third sled


Cross-Country Skiing:

Cross Country ski trails at Pokagon are designed to provide a variety in lengths & skill levels. Despite you stature or level of physical fitness, Cross Country Skiing is a great activity for an individual, friends or family. As well, it is another way to enjoy the beauty of Steuben County and the winter splendor of Pokagon State Park.

Description of Trails

Beginner/Novice Trail: This trail is approximately 1 mile in length, with gradual slopes and curves for the beginner. This easy to moderate trail offers a variety of terrain.

Intermediate/Advanced Trail: With an approximate 4-mile length, this advanced trail is for the experienced skier. Steep hills and sharp curves are prevalent terrain on this advanced path.

Rules & Regulations

-Ski cost is $7.00 per set per hour (includes skis, boot, & poles) for adults. $5.00 children 15 and under. For groups of 8 or more, all ski sets are $5.00/hour per person, for any age.

-A driver’s license is required as a deposit.

-There must be a 6” snow base on the trails for the rental to be opened and the trail

-Skier with rented equipment must stay on the marked trails.

-The ski rental will stop renting equipment at 4:15 p.m. All skiers must be off trail ½ hour before sunset. Rental skis must be returned by 4:45 p.m.


There is also an outlet mall near by if you need a break from the outdoor fun.

The Outlet Shoppes at Freemont

6245 North Old 27, Fremont, IN 46737


This is a fun trip. I hope you can make it.



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  • Kevin

    Great Weekend! Great people at a great park. The group camp was very nice. That's to all that attended.

    January 17, 2013

  • Kevin

    As of 6:30 Tuesday Morning, there are only 4 spots remaining. There are 2 in the Women's Bunkhouse and 2 in the Coed Bunkhouse.

    January 8, 2013

  • Jeanie H.

    Hi Kevin,
    Is this event "Family Friendly"? It sounds fun, but I have my 2 sons (12 and 14) that weekend...

    January 4, 2013

    • Kevin

      Yes you can join us. The lodge is full. There are hotels in the area. You will still have to pay $25 each for food, firewood, and etc. if you join us.

      January 6, 2013

    • Kevin

      I was wrong. I check a couple of weeks ago and they had nothing left. I just checked and they now have a couple rooms open. One of $90 per night and one for $126 per night. You can make reservations at­

      January 6, 2013

  • Kevin

    As of Sunday Night, we have 7 spaces left in the women's bunkhouse and 6 in the coed bunkhouse.

    January 6, 2013

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