Plan your next Staycation in Steuben County—Home of more than 100 lakes and lots of family-fun attractions


Steuben County, Indiana offers year-round recreational opportunities. Enjoy a ride down Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan at Pokagon State Park. The park on Lake James has hiking trails, camping, a nature center, boat rentals and the 137- room Potawatomi Inn. Find unique shopping in quaint downtowns and at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont. End the day at one of Northern Indiana Lakes Country’s hotels. Special hotel and lodging packages are available throughout the year.

Pokagon State Park, nestled on the shores of Lake James, is a picturesque 1,260-acre park in extreme northeast Indiana complete with hiking trails, beaches, an interpretive nature center, cross country skiing, boat rental and guided horse rides plus the state’s only refrigerated toboggan. Potawatomi Inn, the 137-room hotel, offers two restaurants, library, cabin suites, gift shop and indoor pool. The newly-opened Trine State Recreation Area is also a part of Pokagon State Park; the 186 acres are steeped in natural and cultural history. Family cabins plus the Wild Turkey Shelter are available to rent.

By Frank Oliver/DNR -- State park inns in Indiana in 2010.

Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve features 400 acres of rolling Indiana prairie, natural waterways, lakes, birds and is home to approximately 250 bison. Tours are available via open-air vehicle or by horseback. There’s a bed and breakfast and gift shop plus spring and fall rendezvous events.

Waterfront restaurants are as prevalent as homemade pie in the northeast corner of Indiana, thanks to Steuben County’s impressive menu of more than 100 lakes. Everything from fine dining, lakeside romantic restaurants, and meals served in historic surroundings can be found on the Foodie Trail.

With more than 45 direct-from-the-manufacturer stores including Coach, American Eagle and Under Armour, The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont offers convenient shopping at discounted prices. In the afternoon, visit award-winning Satek Winery and Briali Vineyards and Winery for fun wine tastings.

Several overnight options are available, from campgrounds, to hotels to inns.


DAY 1—Spend the day Pokagon State Park; seasonally enjoy the toboggan run, or rent a boat on Lake James. There’s also hinting, camping, and a nature center.


DAY 2—Pokagon offers so much, two days are needed! On your second day, explore the adjacent Trine State Recreation Area.

DAY 3—Take the family to Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve and take a tour via the open air vehicle or on horseback. Enjoy dinner along the Foodie Trail.

DAY 4— Spend the day shopping at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont, then visit an award-winning winery. Divine Wine and Brewery Tours will do the driving for you.