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Shakamak State Park, Jasonville

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Shakamak State Park is a state park in Indiana, United States. It is located 30mi southeast of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Shakamak's main attraction is its excellent fishing. Shakamak has several outdoor recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, paddle boating, row boating, camping, fishing. The park offers rentals for cabins and campsites and is located just 3mi from Jasonville, Indiana
Shakamak State Park was dedicated on September 3, 1928.
The land was donated for a state park from the counties of Clay, Greene and Sullivan. The name "Shakamak" was chosen by the park's founders. The word is said to mean "river of the long fish" in the language of either the Delaware (Lenape) or Kickapoo Indians, and was said to be used by them to describe the nearby Eel River. The park founders simply adopted the name for the park long after any Delaware departed the area—well over 100 years before in 1819.
The first lake of Shakamak Park was created by the stopping up of a 5ft sewer and additional lakes were added in following years (30 years later in the case of Lake Kickapoo). There were no lakes in the area prior to that time. It was purposely stocked with bass by Richard Lieber in May 1930, starting the park's fame for fishing in July 1932 after sufficient time had passed for the original bass to reproduce enough to populate the lake. Further development of the park also occurred with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). CCC Company 522 was located in the park from 1933 until 1942.
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  • Nice sites. Beautiful new showers. The water was pretty. Really nice staff, especially the older lady who used to be a police chief. The pool was great, especially the water slides. The miderste... 
    Nice sites. Beautiful new showers. The water was pretty. Really nice staff, especially the older lady who used to be a police chief. The pool was great, especially the water slides. The miderste...  more »
  • Shakamak is a wonderful park just to go and kind of unwind. There are many trails, swimming, camping, scenery and so much more to take advantage of. I enjoy the nice drives thru the park as you see.....  more
    Shakamak is a wonderful park just to go and kind of unwind. There are many trails, swimming, camping, scenery and so much more to take advantage of. I enjoy the nice drives thru the park as you see.....  more »
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  • This rating could be 5 stars depending on why you're going to the park. We go fishing there every year and rent cabins for all the guys. Cabins are clean with a full size fridge, stove, sink, microwave, and bathroom. 2 bunk beds and a queen size bed are nice enough. Good fishing on the lakes in the park. Cabins are quiet and not crammed too close together. 2022 update - They now have very fast wifi in each cabin, which was a pleasant surprise.
  • Excellent pool. Very nice park. Quiet with clean campground. Newer shower facilities at campground are very nice. Camp store has limited supplies so be prepared before you set up camp. Tennis courts, basketball courts, and boat rentals are all available.

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