This is lake country and 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.
The state park officially declares there are 15 total miles in trails, and my muscles agree. We went two weeks ago & started at the parking lot out by the canoe camp, hiked in on trail 4, did 3, then 10, then road walked up to the schoolhouse and used 8,7&5 to get back to 4. Since the dogs did well with that mileage, we went back this past weekend and hiked all the trails, including loop 9, which is a bit narrow but not that difficult.
Good things to know- bug repellant a must for the lake loops. You can & should avoid the beach if you don't wish to see people (and quite possibly you won't even see another hiker!). Water fountains at beach front & schoolhouse mean you can carry less water. There is parking at various trail heads but you can easily make your own route. If the schoolhouse is open, be sure to peek inside- I loved the artifacts.
All in all, we will definitely be back for hiking because the trails are challenging plus give us the mileage we need! We'd like to go camping here also, but it was at capacity last weekend so we'll definitely try the off season for that!
Steve W. on Chain O'Lakes Trails Loop
Another nice spot that is fairly close to Fort Wayne. Trails are nice and hilly. Fall and early spring is best because there are less people.
Cassie B. on Chain O'Lakes Trails Loop
Loved the canoe sites!
My husband and I spent one night camping here last weekend. The campground was clean and tidy. The restrooms/showers, while outdated, were also mostly clean. (Monday morning the facilities were bleached and powerwashed.) Sunday, we rented kayaks and traveled several of the lakes. Beautiful, quiet, calm. Be aware: kayak/canoe rental fees are different on the weekend vs. the weekday. Monday, we hiked trails 6, 1, 8, and 9. 9 was listed as rugged. While it was a little more challenging, I wouldn't call it rugged. Also, it WAS 95 degrees, which made it a bit more challenging. My only issue: not enough bug spray. We sprayed ourselves and brought more and reapplied throughout the hike. NOT ENOUGH.
Beautiful way to spend the weekend.