Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

Kids played Monday in the new aquatic center at Prophetstown State Park. Photo by Megan Banta, TheStatehouseFile.com

Location:

5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, Indiana

AmenitiesĀ 

The Aquatic Center features a 30-foot tube slide, body flume, lazy river float area, adventure channel, zero-entry pool with play features, and an aquatic activity area with basketball. The bathhouse has showers, changing areas, restrooms, lockers (guest provides the lock) and a concession area.

The Aquatic Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with kids age 3 and younger free.

Hours: Contact office before your visit.

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HISTORY

The park is named for a Native American village located between the rivers established by Tecumseh, who was Shawnee, and his brother Tenskwatawa (The Prophet) in 1808. Tecumseh led his band there from Ohio, where pressure from white settlers had forced him to leave. Tecumseh believed the only way to repel the advance of European settlement was to form an alliance with other tribes. He traveled widely persuading tribes to join his coalition. More than 14 tribes set aside centuries-old disputes to stop their common enemy. They met at Prophetstown, and heard The Prophet speak. Tecumseh anticipated their sheer numbers would be enough to stop the westward settlement.

William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory, was alarmed by the numbers at Prophetstown, and moved 1,200 troops to the site while Tecumseh was south gathering additional support. Wanting to avoid a fight, yet fearing an attack, The Prophet decided to strike first in the early morning hours of Nov. 7, 1811. The battle lasted two hours. As darkness faded, the villagers withdrew through the marsh back to Prophetstown, then fled to Wildcat Creek. Harrison’s men burned Prophetstown to the ground.

For more information visitĀ http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake.