Northeast Indiana Lakes

The Great Escape

Wherever your Northeast Indiana–lakes story starts—whether it’s on Lake James, Sylvan Lake, or Crooked Lake—you’ll find air, water, and horizon far away from the city, suburbs, and farmland. Lake season is year-round in Northeast Indiana. It’s either every weekend from May to September for sun and fun or from September to May if you love frozen toboggan runs and snowmobiles.

And there are special memories that come from living life on the lake —hooking bait for the first time, building sandcastles on the shore, and much more. From tubing into a boat-made wake to floating on the water to watching the Fourth of July fireworks, activities on our lakes will help you forget that Indiana is landlocked. 

No matter how you live life on the lake, lake weekends always end up as the best weekends for a great story.

Lake life might include sipping homemade margaritas and dining on guacamole as the rest of dinner sizzles on the grill. Yes, occasionally you’ll fall out of a kayak, but you might also take a nap in a hammock. There’s nothing better than lying back in a lounge chair with a paperback while working on your tan lines. As the day turns to night, don’t forget that those pontoon-boat cruises require swimsuits topped with sweatshirts.

By the end of the weekend, it’s not unusual to be tired from the sun and refreshed by the water. 

Did You Know?

  • Northern Indiana is home to over 200 lakes—from fishing to recreation, there’s a lake for everyone.
  • Kayaking and canoeing are the best! Paddleboarding isn’t bad, either. If a lake isn’t nearby (although one likely is), take advantage of Northeast Indiana’s rivers. Check out The Trading Post for rentals on the Pigeon River or Fort Wayne Outfitters for retail and rentals in an urban setting.
  • At Chain O' Lakes State Park, you can paddle through nine connecting lakes, hike 10 miles of forested trails, and enjoy a campground and beach.
  • There’s nothing like fishing on one of our serene lakes, but how do you get started? Our Department of Natural Resources can help, and our local game-and-bait shops love getting new people hooked (so to speak) on this great hobby.
  • Pokagon State Park is home to adventure year-round—ranging from unique toboggan runs to a one-of-a-kind inn and its inviting waterfront.