Potato Creek State Park

Northern Lakes + Plains, Indiana

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Potato Creek State Park


  • Entrance sign for Potato Creek State Park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Bathrooms and concession stand located along the beach.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Trailhead signage for Friends' Wetland Trail.- Potato Creek State Park
  • One of three wetlands seen on the Friends' Wetland Trail.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Second wetland area seen on the Friends' Wetland Trail.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Worster Lake allows fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. Beautiful spot for a picnic.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Turkeys are frequently seen near the Nature Center.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Trail sign reminding hikers to enjoy the serenity of the trail.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Wild berries seen along Trail 1.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Signage signaling directions to the Nature Center.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Looking up at the beautiful autumn leaves along Trail 3 in Potato Creek State Park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Wooden platform crossing along Trail 3, one of the most popular hikes in the park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Autumn leaves reflecting over the wetlands.- Potato Creek State Park
  • One of many sheltered picnic areas within the park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Autumn is one of the best times to visit the park because of the beautiful autumn leaves.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Dense forest surrounds the trails within the park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Wetlands Trail offers beautiful views of wetlands and forests.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Shady wetland area.  Birds are often heard chirping here.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Picnic tables are scattered all throughout the park; they all offer great places to enjoy a meal with the family.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Looking up toward the towering forest canopy.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Description of the Rea Cemetery located within the park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Looking out over the Rea Cemetery.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Flowers seen along Trail 3.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Fork in the trail.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Beautiful, shaded picnic tables underneath the trees.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Looking down a long stretch of the shaded Trail 4.- Potato Creek State Park
  • Sun shining through the beautiful autumn trees in Potato Creek State Park.- Potato Creek State Park
  • View of the historic Spring House along Trail 4.- Potato Creek State Park
Overview + Weather
Great hiking. Beautiful lake. Wildlife. Little crowds.
Northern Lakes + Plains, IN
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Potato Creek State Park is a stunning park with beautiful, forested hiking trails, a lake, sheltered picnic areas, phenomenal campgrounds, and an educational and informative Nature Center. Lovers of the outdoors can go to Potato Creek to satisfy almost any of their outdoor desires. The park offers over 10 miles of hiking trails, fishing, kayak and canoe rental, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Potato Creek State Park is truly the outdoor lovers paradise.

The hiking trails are named on a number system (Trail 1, Trail 2, etc.), with the exception of the Friends' Wetland Trail. All of the hikes in the park are very family friendly; the longest hike in the park is 2.5 miles long, and none of the parks are overly strenuous. Although the trails are short, they are all beautiful and tranquil. Trails 1, 3, and 4 all travel along the beautiful Worster Lake, where you can see kayakers and people fishing. The Friends' Wetland Trail takes hikers into a seemingly different environment where they are able to gaze out over multiple wetlands, which are homes to frogs and elegant cranes. Trail 1 starts at the educational Nature Center, where visitors can learn about the park's history. Keep an eye out for turkeys, deer, and birds enjoying the tranquility of this trail.

In addition to hiking, the park offers a boat, kayak, paddleboat, and canoe rental service so visitors can get out on the lake and enjoy its beauty. The rental service provides life vests and paddles for visitors. The rental service is located right next to the beach area where visitors can swim, visit the concession stand for a refreshing ice cream, or enjoy a beach-side picnic. Keep in mind, however, that the beach is only open in the summer months.

Potato Creek earned its name because Native Americans used to collect plants with potato-like roots in the area. English settlers used the area for farming and living, which disrupted the natural environment of the forests and wetlands. The park started a resource management program in order to restore the Potato Creek Wilderness and make it a habitable place for plants and wildlife.  

Overall, the park is a beautiful and diverse area that contains wetlands, prairies, and forests. It is a tranquil place full of a diversity of activities that are fit for outdoor lovers and families. It is easy to get lost in the serenity of this park, and it is certainly a park that is worth exploring.

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