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Chain O'Lakes State Park, Albion

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State Park · Nature / Park
Chain O'Lakes is an Indiana state park on 2,718 acres (11.00 km2) in Noble County, Indiana, in the United States. The park is 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Fort Wayne.

As the name suggests, it is a park for boaters, with nine connecting lakes, and eleven lakes total. The lakes are kettle lakes, formed by receding ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch, which also made the steeply rolling hills and bogs of the park. Bowen Lake is the deepest at 65 feet (20 m), and the shallowest is Dock Lake at 20 feet (6 m) deep. Outwash sediments, sediment from Canada, and muck/peat filled bogs caused by the glaciers are accessible by the several miles of hiking trails. Power boats on the lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

There are more than 10 miles (16 km) of hiking trails. Cross-country skiing is available in the winter. There is one large campground as well as a Rally campground, a Youth Tent Area and a canoe camp. There are also 18 furnished cabins available for rental. There is one swimming area in the park.

Starting in 2011, Chain O'Lakes State Park has served as the site of The HUFF 50K Trail Run and Relay, the twelfth largest ultramarathon in North America.

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  • Kayaking this afternoon on 2 of the lakes. A ten minute downpour cooled us off, very nice. Topped off the visit with a picnic lunch under one of the many shelters. We'll be back soon 💪🍉😁  more »
  • We just returned from a weekend camping trip to Chain O Lakes state park. We paddled the 9 Lake Challenge on Saturday in our inflatable kayaks. It was great! If you’re fount get to do this, you...  more »
  • Only $7 to get into the park and there are abundance of things to do. Everything from enjoying the Lakes at the beach or renting a kayak or canoe. The campsites are easy to get to and well laid out. And there are plenty of trails to walk and enjoy. Great fun as an individual or with the family or friends.
  • This place is sweet. Lots of nature. The camping is good specially if you have kids. All the kids gather at the play ground and play all day. The camp store has everything you need. Restrooms are clean and showers ar nice. The lake is fun for some swimming or fishing.

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