Chain O Lakes State Park

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Indiana's small boater's paradise, with nine connecting lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 23 miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin, or visit the park's old one-room schoolhouse nature center. Other facilities available for visitors to enjoy include a campground, beach and picnic shelters.

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Congratulations to all who have completed the 9 Lake Challenge this month while visiting Chain O’Lakes State Park.  With...
09/19/2021

Congratulations to all who have completed the 9 Lake Challenge this month while visiting Chain O’Lakes State Park. With the cooler weather it’s a perfect opportunity to see the park from a boat.
So many of you have been completing the 9 Lake Challenge here at Chain O'Lakes State Park, and we couldn’t be more excited! Have you completed it and have some tips and tricks for others looking to complete this challenge? Post your tips and tricks and photos below to share with others!
For more information and to download your own brochure about the 9 Lake Challenge please visit us at: https://on.in.gov/chainolakes

Congratulations to all who have completed the 9 Lake Challenge this month while visiting Chain O’Lakes State Park. With the cooler weather it’s a perfect opportunity to see the park from a boat.
So many of you have been completing the 9 Lake Challenge here at Chain O'Lakes State Park, and we couldn’t be more excited! Have you completed it and have some tips and tricks for others looking to complete this challenge? Post your tips and tricks and photos below to share with others!
For more information and to download your own brochure about the 9 Lake Challenge please visit us at: https://on.in.gov/chainolakes

09/18/2021

It's not too late to come out and join us at the 1915 historic Stanley Schoolhouse for Life As It Used To Be! We will have activities and demonstrations including candle making, paper making, quilting, homemade quills, ink and paint, traditional games and more from 10 am - 2 pm. At 2 pm come learn about the beauty of cattails and how they were used. You may even get to make your own cattail duck decoy! This event is fun for all ages so come join us!

Only one more day…can you tell we’re excited?!  Tomorrow (Sept. 18th) join us for Life as It Used to Be! Take a step bac...
09/17/2021

Only one more day…can you tell we’re excited?!
Tomorrow (Sept. 18th) join us for Life as It Used to Be! Take a step back in time and join us at the historic 1915 Stanley Schoolhouse for family friendly programs from 10 am-2 pm ranging from quilting demonstrations to student and family life stories. You will even be able to try your hand at writing with quills and homemade paper and candle making. Join us at 2 pm for a demonstration on making duck decoys out of cattails.
For more information about these and our other programs please visit us at: https://on.in.gov/chainolakes.
(Photos from the last two year’s events by K. Sproles)

09/16/2021

F is for Frog! Our pre-k series is back tomorrow (September 16) at 10:00 am. We will be meeting at the Sand Lake Nature Center for a fun and interactive program about frogs! This program is geared towards our wonderful pre-k kiddos, but all ages are welcome!

Early in the summer, visitors to Chain O' Lakes State Park are often greeted by the sight of beautiful lotus flowers flo...
09/15/2021

Early in the summer, visitors to Chain O' Lakes State Park are often greeted by the sight of beautiful lotus flowers floating in the shallows. Typically these unique and iconic flowers can bloom well into autumn and are a common sight for paddlers on the Chain. Unfortunately this year a common place to see lotus flowers is crumpled and discarded on the shoreline. In addition to being illegal, picking flowers in State Parks is damaging to the environment as plants that are picked can disappear from the landscape, unable to reproduce and continue the population. During this beautiful time of year, as you visit the numerous state parks that Indiana has to offer, please be mindful of park regulations and help us preserve the scenic beauty of these natural places for you and your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come.
(Photos: A.Weaver & S.Boggs)

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join us at Chain O' Lakes for an interpretive program. On Friday at 10:00 am o...
09/14/2021

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join us at Chain O' Lakes for an interpretive program. On Friday at 10:00 am our pre-k series returns to the Nature Center with a fun program about frogs. On Saturday, visit us from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for Life As It Used To Be at the 1915 historic Stanley Schoolhouse where you can write with homemade quill and ink, participate in traditional games, make a cattail duck decoy and more!

09/13/2021

This weekend join us for Life as It Used to Be at Stanley Schoolhouse! Take a step back in time with us at the historic 1915 Stanley Schoolhouse. We will have family friendly programs from 10 am-2 pm ranging from quilting demonstrations to student and family life stories. You will even be able to try your hand at writing with quills and homemade paper and candle making, and join us at 2 pm for a cattail duck decoy demonstration.

We are starting to see signs of fall here at Chain O’Lakes State Park, are you?  If you have any photos that’s even bett...
09/12/2021

We are starting to see signs of fall here at Chain O’Lakes State Park, are you?
If you have any photos that’s even better! Help us complete this sentence: I know its fall when….

We are starting to see signs of fall here at Chain O’Lakes State Park, are you?
If you have any photos that’s even better! Help us complete this sentence: I know its fall when….

09/11/2021

We are looking forward to Extra Yard for Teachers STATE PARK Day, this Sunday, September 12, 2021! If you are a teacher, bring your school ID and you will be admitted FREE for the day to any of our DNR properties that have gates/admission fees. Thank you for all you've done to support your students over the last year, and we hope to see you as you enjoy trails, have a picnic, boat, take in a program or any of the many other things to do outdoors! This day is sponsored by DNR, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indianapolis 2022 College Football Playoff Host Committee and the College Football Playoff Foundation. Find a park to visit at stateparks.IN.gov.

Interested in amateur radio? Join volunteers for Indiana Parks on the Air taking place tomorrow (Sept. 11, 2021) at the ...
09/10/2021

Interested in amateur radio? Join volunteers for Indiana Parks on the Air taking place tomorrow (Sept. 11, 2021) at the Campground Interpretive Area from 12 pm - 8 pm. They are trying to make contact with State Parks across Indiana and the country. A great group of radio operators who love to answer questions, and a fun time to hear people across the country.
(Photos: K.Sproles)

Did you know that ground hogs can climb trees? This one was seen at Chain and was very agile as it made its way back to ...
09/09/2021

Did you know that ground hogs can climb trees? This one was seen at Chain and was very agile as it made its way back to the ground. Marmota monax (commonly known as the groundhog, woodchuck, marmot, or whistle pig) is the third largest North American rodent and the largest North American squirrel! Since they are so large groundhogs don't have many natural predators besides coyotes and foxes, though the young are sometimes eaten by hawks, owls, and eagles. Groundhogs are also among the largest true hibernators! Groundhogs sometimes hibernate for 8 months at a time. During this period their heart rate drops to 3-4 beats per minute and they only take 2-3 breaths a minute. Keep an eye out for groundhogs in trees the next time you paddle or hike the chain and share your "goofy groundhog" stories below!
(Photo: A.Weaver)

Did you know that ground hogs can climb trees? This one was seen at Chain and was very agile as it made its way back to the ground. Marmota monax (commonly known as the groundhog, woodchuck, marmot, or whistle pig) is the third largest North American rodent and the largest North American squirrel! Since they are so large groundhogs don't have many natural predators besides coyotes and foxes, though the young are sometimes eaten by hawks, owls, and eagles. Groundhogs are also among the largest true hibernators! Groundhogs sometimes hibernate for 8 months at a time. During this period their heart rate drops to 3-4 beats per minute and they only take 2-3 breaths a minute. Keep an eye out for groundhogs in trees the next time you paddle or hike the chain and share your "goofy groundhog" stories below!
(Photo: A.Weaver)

Mark your calendar now for Saturday September 18th!  Life As It Used To Be at Stanley Schoolhouse.  Take a step back in ...
09/08/2021

Mark your calendar now for Saturday September 18th! Life As It Used To Be at Stanley Schoolhouse. Take a step back in time and join us at the historic 1915 Stanley Schoolhouse. We will have family friendly programs from 10 am-2 pm ranging from demonstrations and games to student and family life stories. You will even be able to try your hand at writing with quills and homemade paper and candle making. Join us at 2 pm for a cat-tail duck decoy demonstration.
For more information about these (and more programs) please visit us at: https://on.in.gov/chainolakes

Mark your calendar now for Saturday September 18th! Life As It Used To Be at Stanley Schoolhouse. Take a step back in time and join us at the historic 1915 Stanley Schoolhouse. We will have family friendly programs from 10 am-2 pm ranging from demonstrations and games to student and family life stories. You will even be able to try your hand at writing with quills and homemade paper and candle making. Join us at 2 pm for a cat-tail duck decoy demonstration.
For more information about these (and more programs) please visit us at: https://on.in.gov/chainolakes

UPDATED SEPTEMBER BOAT RENTAL HOURS at Chain O' Lakes:Weekend Hours (Sat & Sun): - 9/11 - 9/12: 8:00AM - 8:00PM - 9/18 -...
09/07/2021

UPDATED SEPTEMBER BOAT RENTAL HOURS at Chain O' Lakes:

Weekend Hours (Sat & Sun):
- 9/11 - 9/12: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
- 9/18 - 9/19 & 9/25 - 9/26: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at BOAT RENTAL on weekends.

Weekday Hours:
- Mon & Tues: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at BOAT RENTAL from 10:00am - 6:00pm. (Slight change from what is pictures on the original post).
- Wed, Thurs, & Fri: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at the CAMPGROUND GATE 10:00am - 1:30pm at the the BOAT RENTAL 1:30pm - 6pm.

- The last rental always goes out 1 hour prior to closing time listed.
- A life jacket and paddle(s) are included with your rental
- We have canoes, single kayaks, double kayaks, row boats, and paddle boats available. The canoes, single kayaks, and row boats rent for $5/hour plus tax while the paddle boats and double kayaks rent for $8/hour plus tax.
- We do have special full day rates available Monday-Friday with canoes, single kayaks, and row boats renting for $20/day plus tax and paddle boats and double kayaks renting for $32.00/day plus tax.
- Late summer and early fall are a great time to Paddle the Chain. Be sure to check out the 9 Lake Challenge!https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/sp-9LakesChallengeBrochure.pdf

What questions about boat rental or paddling here in the park do you have? Leave a comment and we will get any questions answered!

UPDATED SEPTEMBER BOAT RENTAL HOURS at Chain O' Lakes:

Weekend Hours (Sat & Sun):
- 9/11 - 9/12: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
- 9/18 - 9/19 & 9/25 - 9/26: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at BOAT RENTAL on weekends.

Weekday Hours:
- Mon & Tues: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at BOAT RENTAL from 10:00am - 6:00pm. (Slight change from what is pictures on the original post).
- Wed, Thurs, & Fri: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Boats can be rented at the CAMPGROUND GATE 10:00am - 1:30pm at the the BOAT RENTAL 1:30pm - 6pm.

- The last rental always goes out 1 hour prior to closing time listed.
- A life jacket and paddle(s) are included with your rental
- We have canoes, single kayaks, double kayaks, row boats, and paddle boats available. The canoes, single kayaks, and row boats rent for $5/hour plus tax while the paddle boats and double kayaks rent for $8/hour plus tax.
- We do have special full day rates available Monday-Friday with canoes, single kayaks, and row boats renting for $20/day plus tax and paddle boats and double kayaks renting for $32.00/day plus tax.
- Late summer and early fall are a great time to Paddle the Chain. Be sure to check out the 9 Lake Challenge!https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/sp-9LakesChallengeBrochure.pdf

What questions about boat rental or paddling here in the park do you have? Leave a comment and we will get any questions answered!

09/07/2021

We are so excited to be bringing back our Chain O’Lakes Pre-K series this fall! This Friday at 10am we will meet at the Sand Lake Canoe/Kayak Launch (just past boat rental and the boat ramp) focusing on lakes so please come prepared to get wet. This week's program will include a story, activity, and craft perfect for the little ones but all ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Attention beach goers, don’t forget today is the last day the beach and Nature Center at Chain O’Lakes State Park will b...
09/06/2021

Attention beach goers, don’t forget today is the last day the beach and Nature Center at Chain O’Lakes State Park will be open. How have you had fun on the beach this summer? Made a sand castle, went for a swim, found a frog? Post your photos below!

Attention beach goers, don’t forget today is the last day the beach and Nature Center at Chain O’Lakes State Park will be open. How have you had fun on the beach this summer? Made a sand castle, went for a swim, found a frog? Post your photos below!

Looking for something to do today? We have some fun interpretive programs planned today that you can attend to earn your...
09/05/2021

Looking for something to do today? We have some fun interpretive programs planned today that you can attend to earn your Chain O' Lakes Explore pin!

10am-5pm: Schoolhouse Scavenger Hunt-Stop by the Historic Stanley Schoolhouse for a fun new scavenger hunt! See if you can find all of the things that make this school special and take your imagination back in time to how school was in 1915.

11am: Macroinvertebrate Mayhem- Come and explore the miniature world of the tiny creatures that call Chain home. Join us at the Nature Center to learn about life cycles and get a hands on look at their lives with a special activity. Please wear water shoes and prepare to get a bit messy!

1pm: Cloud Viewing- Join the naturalist at the Stanley Schoolhouse to learn about the different types of clouds in the sky, how they form, and how you can predict the weather by looking to the sky. Participants will even get to make their own clouds and see a cloud in a jar! Fun for all ages!

Looking for something to do today? We have some fun interpretive programs planned today that you can attend to earn your Chain O' Lakes Explore pin!

10am-5pm: Schoolhouse Scavenger Hunt-Stop by the Historic Stanley Schoolhouse for a fun new scavenger hunt! See if you can find all of the things that make this school special and take your imagination back in time to how school was in 1915.

11am: Macroinvertebrate Mayhem- Come and explore the miniature world of the tiny creatures that call Chain home. Join us at the Nature Center to learn about life cycles and get a hands on look at their lives with a special activity. Please wear water shoes and prepare to get a bit messy!

1pm: Cloud Viewing- Join the naturalist at the Stanley Schoolhouse to learn about the different types of clouds in the sky, how they form, and how you can predict the weather by looking to the sky. Participants will even get to make their own clouds and see a cloud in a jar! Fun for all ages!

What are you doing this weekend? Did you know that Chain O' Lakes has added a NEW section to Trail 4 this year?Trail 4 i...
09/04/2021

What are you doing this weekend? Did you know that Chain O' Lakes has added a NEW section to Trail 4 this year?
Trail 4 is a moderately difficult trail that passes four beautiful lakes while taking you along the channels, through wooded areas, swamps, and deep ravines. This addition makes Trail 4 our longest trail yet at 5.7 miles of total length! Are you ready to hike this new trail? Come on out and share your trail pictures below!
(Photos: S.Boggs)

09/03/2021

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 4) is the LAST Floating Campfire of the year. Join us down at the beach on Sand Lake at 7 pm. We will have the roasting sticks and s'more fixin’s! This is a family friendly event not to be missed!

Are you ready to “Paddle the Chain” this Labor Day Weekend? Whether you’re planning to complete the 9 Lake Challenge or ...
09/02/2021

Are you ready to “Paddle the Chain” this Labor Day Weekend? Whether you’re planning to complete the 9 Lake Challenge or just get out on the lake for an hour, the Boat Rental is open all weekend (Fri. Sept. 3rd – Mon. Sept. 6th) from 8am – 8pm.

- Single kayaks, canoes, and row boats are $5/hr plus tax. Paddle boats and double kayaks are $8/hr plus tax.
- Rentals on weekends & holidays are by the hourly rate only; no special all-day rental rates available on weekends & holidays.
- The last rental goes out at 7pm and must return by 8pm closing time.

Don’t forget to check out the 9 Lake Challenge! Late summer/ early fall are great times to paddle the chain! Remember to take pictures along the way and purchase your official 9 Lake Challenge shirt at Park Headquarters between 8:30am – 4pm (or at the Campground GATE after the office is closed).

Happy Paddling!

* Hours are subject to change based on weather and staffing.

https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/sp-9LakesChallengeBrochure.pdf

09/01/2021

We look forward to seeing you all Saturday morning at 9 am for our Glacial Gliders monthly hiking group. Meet us at the Sand Lake Beach for a hike on trails 10 & 3, ~2.5 miles on a moderate trail. Don’t forget your water bottle. See you then!

What great places should be on a summer "bucket list" for you and for others? Is Chain O' Lakes State Park one of them? ...
08/31/2021

What great places should be on a summer "bucket list" for you and for others? Is Chain O' Lakes State Park one of them? You can vote for your favorite summer spots right now at https://visitindiana.com/bucketlist.
There are ELEVEN Indiana State Parks in the list of 50 places to choose from for this Visit Indiana contest. Today is the last day to vote! Go vote for your favorites so they come out on top!

What great places should be on a summer "bucket list" for you and for others? Is Chain O' Lakes State Park one of them? You can vote for your favorite summer spots right now at https://visitindiana.com/bucketlist.
There are ELEVEN Indiana State Parks in the list of 50 places to choose from for this Visit Indiana contest. Today is the last day to vote! Go vote for your favorites so they come out on top!

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Perfect day for the 9 Lakes Challenge! Finished in about 3.5 hours ❤️
I am interested in a fall colors kayak trip through the lakes, when is the latest date for kayaking, if bringing gear?
Will the preschool program be back this fall?
Is there a good email contact for the park? Our BSA Troop would like to do a service project while we are staying there and I can't find an email contact on your website. We prefer email over phone since the person making the arrangements may not be the adult leader attending the camp out.
Was watching this bird eating ants this week while sitting at our camp site. I was able to get very close to it for pictures. What is the name of this bird?