2020 Hike #15 on May 2nd at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville Indiana (Trail 3)

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General Info

Shakamak State Park is an Indiana State Park. It is located at 6265 WEST STATE ROAD 48 in JASONVILLE 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.

It is one of my favorite places to hike. There are 7 hiking trails. Click here for a map of the park.

DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS

1. MODERATE (3.95 miles)—Begins and ends near the pool area and follows the shoreline of Lake Shakamak. This is an interesting trail on which to see waterfowl and shorebirds.

2. MODERATE (1.50 miles)—Joins with Trail 1 east of the pool parking lot and proceeds through an oak forest and pine plantings, past an abandoned coal mine and returns to Trail 1, south of the group camp.

3. MODERATE (1.40 miles)—Trail 3 goes through oak woods along the north shore of Lake Lenape, to the camp store (formerly the saddle barn). Native white-tailed deer have been observed on this trail.

4. MODERATE (1.60 miles)—Joins with Trail 3. Goes through oak trees and pines. Bridges and stairs add to the beauty. This trail takes you out to the campground.

5. MODERATE (2.2 Miles)- Hike along the scenic shore and Dam of Lake Kickapoo. Take in the beautiful aquatic view of Lake Kickapoo while bird watching for waterfowl and shorebirds.

6. EASY MULTI-USE (1.08 miles)– This multi-use trail can be used for hiking or biking. There are no bridges or stair structures. The trail winds through an oak and pine forest.

7. EASY MULTI-USE (1.60 miles) – This multi-use trail can be used for hiking or biking. There are no bridges or stair structures. The trail winds through an oak and pine forest, and white-tailed deer have been observed on the trail.

My visit

Tracy, Dexter, and I took advantage of the beautiful morning by wandering along Trail 3. This trail is full of stairs, so I won't take Dexter on it alone. Dexter likes to sprint down the stairs!! Trail 4 connects to Trail 3 for a longer hike, and that is usually what I do. The two trails together total over 4 miles, which is just too long for Dexter. (He's not a youngster!) I'll be hiking Trail 4 sometime this year.

Trail 3 is a loop trail, and it takes you by Lake Lenape. You can also get a glimpse of Lake Kickapoo as well. There were people rowing kayaks during our hike. I was a little jealous because my new kayak is still in the shed. I did notice that there is a kayak launch area on Lake Lenape. I'll be utilizing that soon! Scroll down the see my pics from this hike! Click here to see all of my Shakamak State Park pics!