Chain O’Lakes is an area in northeastern part of the U.S. state of Indiana, about 15 miles (24km) northeast of Fort Wayne near Bluffton and about 35 miles southwest of Chicago. The park was formed when a dam was built on Rock Creek, which flows into Lake Erie. The 1,070-acre (430ha) park contains ten lakes with over 100 miles (160km) of shoreline; it has more than 200 campsites including cabins, cottages, yurts, lodges, and tent sites as well as modern bathhouses, playgrounds, picnic areas, and equestrian trails.
There is a campground store where you can purchase gift items to take home with you. It also serves food and beverages. This state park is known for being very windy during any time of year, but especially in March, April, and October. Winds from the southeast up to 40mph (64km/s) common in July have become the west northwest winds, increasing in speed to 50mph (80km/s) in September and October. These strong westerly winds often accompany thunderstorms in this part of Indiana, so be prepared for sudden wind gusts. A chain reaction of lakes forms along the east side of the bluffs, stretching northwasthese lakes: Northeast Lake, then Southeast Lake, etc. Northwest Lake is at the end of the chain.
- cross-country skiing
In winter visitors can go:
- ice skating
- horseback riding