Date of Stay: June, 2006
Our site was clean, shaded, somewhat private, and nice sized. There are 246 electric sites, 30 primitive sites, 38 primitive sites in the horsemen's camp area, and areas for youth tents. Some sites get very crowded due to extra vehicles, boats, trailers for wave runners, so check carefully on a site's dimensions when making reservations. This property is run by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. During summer this is a 2,665 acre lake. There are marshes, ponds, and wetlands. Activities that can be done at this recreational area include: boating, waterskiing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, geocaching, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and swimming at the beach. There is a marina (a private concession) that has boat rentals. We liked the park and wished we could stay extra days so that we could enjoy the holiday activities they had planned. The employees were very friendly. The entertainment we did get to see, a gospel singing group on Friday and a singer on Saturday night, were terrific. There were a few times (thankfully of short durations) when the electrical power went out in the loop we were in. Never found out why. Maybe because it was in the 90's and the air conditioners and crowds overloaded it. The campgrounds were very clean and well-kept but there was a bit of trash in the area of the fishing pier/ swimming beach area and one of the trail areas. Wish they would put trash cans in those areas. There is a shortage of shade in the fishing pier/ swimming beach area. I've decided that I'll purchase one of those beach cabana shelters or a tent canopy to take along incase we run into this situation again. The weather was sunny and around 90 degrees, a bit warm. We would stay at this park again.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
Wow! A terrific place to kayak, canoe, fish, and swim. You can kayak from one lake to another because 8 of 10 lakes are connected. The lake edges are covered with water lilies, cattails, marsh plants, and water hyacinth. In some places it feels like you are paddling through the everglades because the vegetation almost closes over the canoe path. It was an exciting experience. Very peaceful because only electric trolling motors are allowed. We saw a heron, woodpecker, geese, turtles, dragonflies, and fish. There are 212 surface acres of water. The campground is well maintained but the bathrooms could have been a bit cleaner and hand soap would be very welcome. There isn't a swimming pool at the campground but you can swim at the beach at Sand Lake. There is a concession stand there. The park has rental cabins, picnic areas, playgrounds, shelter houses, and a campstore. If you have a long vehicle such as a motorhome, you may want to check with the park if they have a space that will accommodate your RV's length. The majority of camping was done in tents, trailers and fifth wheels. This state park is close to where many recreational vehicle manufacturing factories are located. This is convenient if you are picking up or dropping off a RV, in for service, or scheduled to tour one of their factories. We enjoyed our weekend at Chain O' Lakes State Park and look forward to staying here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2005
This new state park opened in 2004 and the campground opened in 2005. Restored and maintained area of praire and fen made this park special to explore. They are still building at this park. Because the campground is new, there is virtually no shade yet. Many sites in the full hookup section of the campground have evergreen trees dividing the sites and may cast some shade from the side if the sun is at the right angle. We stayed in the full hookup section but on a site that had no shade at all. There is an asphalted trail for bicycling/hiking. For a fee, you can enter an area of the park that has a Native American village and living history farm on the state park grounds that is nice to visit. The farm's draft horses plowed one of the fields during the weekend we stayed at the park. Pack tick repellent! We pulled many ticks off our dog, ourselves, the trailer, and the interior of the truck! We liked this park and would stay at it again.
Date of Stay: September, 2004
Nice state park. Small lake to fish in and rent pedal boats. The park has hiking trails, a swimming pool, nice shelter houses, a look-out tower, and large fenced area with bison. Lots of shade trees in the campground. The park attendents were very nice. Bluffton's annual event "Free Street Fair" took place during our stay and it was very enjoyable. Lots of food and booths to purchase things. Take mosquito repellent! You will need it. We will camp here again.