In the Area: Places to Cool Off


In the Area: Beaches, Rivers and Lakes

Beaches and lakes near Fort Wayne

Announcing a new recurring feature to this blog — it’s called “In the Area” — and features information about fun things to do or see near your Fort Wayne apartment community! We hope you like it and that it will inspire you to get out and either rediscover old favorites, or find new and different fun things to do.

Beaches near Poplar Ridge Apartments Fort WayneThe first topic for “In the Area” is: Nearby Beaches, Rivers and Lakes. It’s the time of the year to find a way to cool off, explore and enjoy nature. We’ve highlighted some great places that are either right here in Fort Wayne, or just a short road-trip away. Get out and have fun!


Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers

Fort Wayne Outfitters , at 1004 Cass Street in the historic Cass Street Depot, rents paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. Check their website for rates. They also rent bikes for exploring the Rivergreenway Trails. After working up an appetite exploring the Fort’s rivers, grab lunch or drinks and appetizers at The Gas House Deck.

Fox Island
7324 Yohne Road, Fort Wayne
19 minutes from Downtown
This 605 acre park in southwest Allen County is known for it’s distinctive landscape and variety of wildlife. It also offers a swimming beach on Bowman Lake, picnic areas and over 7 miles of trails. There is a separate doggie beach at the lake where dogs are allowed to be off leash and frolic in the water, too!

Pokagon State Park
450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, IN
45 minutes from Fort Wayne
Both Lake James and Snow Lake enhance the distinctive beauty of Pokagon State Park. Visit the park’s website for details about the swimming beach and paddleboats, rowboats, and pontoons rentals. The park has hiking trails, horseback riding and campsites. There is a restaurant in the park’s Potowatami Inn for a sit down meal — and a casual cafe for pizzas, sandwiches and hand-dipped ice cream.

Chain O’ Lakes State Park
2355 E. 75 South, Albion, IN
45 minutes from Fort Wayne
This state park is described as “a small boater’s paradise. Nine connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures at Chain O’Lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 10 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.”

Salamonie Lake
9214 Lost Bridge Road West, Andrews, IN
55 minutes from Fort Wayne
Salamonie Lake was formed in 1966 when the Salamonie River was dammed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. In neighboring Hungtingon County, the lake is located in the Salamonie River State Forest. There are fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and picnic areas. The Pirates Cove Marina has boats to rent and a convenience store. You can also book a ride on the tour boat to learn about the history of the river, the dam and the lake.
The Indiana Dunes
1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
2 hours 20 minutes from Fort Wayne
Described as “Nature’s Masterpiece” on the official website, the Indiana Dunes is over 15 miles of beautiful shoreline along Lake Michigan. The beaches here have been ranked among the top five family-friendly beaches in the country. Beyond the beaches, you can find over 70 miles of hiking and biking trails that lead through towering sand dunes, marshes, prairies and forests. The website can tell you more about dining options and other sightseeing features, along with a calendar of music and other events.

Turkey Run State Park
8121 Park Rd, Marshall, IN
3 hrs from Fort Wayne
Sugar Creek flows through the beautiful Turkey Run State Park. It is one of Indiana’s most popular streams for canoeing, kayaking and tube-ing. Check the website for links to the local companies there that organize tube trips and rent canoes and kayaks.
Get to know the beautiful, natural options for water fun “In the Area” this summer!

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