About Steuben County
With Pokagon State Park, 101 lakes, a buffalo preserve, golf courses and unique festivals, Steuben County, Indiana offers a convenient family-friendly getaway.
Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan operates weekends the day after Thanksgiving through the end of February, with extended weekday hours during Christmas break. Toboggans rent for $13 per hour and hold up to four people. Riders will reach speeds of nearly 35 mph as they travel down the 1,780-foot dual-lane slide at Pokagon. Other winter activities at the park include cross-country skiing, sledding, ice-skating and ice-fishing.
The state’s third largest lake borders Pokagon State Park. Fishing, skiing, and swimming are popular summer activities on Lake James, which covers more than 1,200 acres. Access the lake at either a public or paid site and rent a boat at one of the local area marinas. The newly-opened Trine State Recreation Area is adjacent to Pokagon. The wooded grounds, scattered wetlands, and open meadows offer excellent hiking and nature study opportunities, along with a 2.5-mile multi-use trail open to hikers and bikers. Rent paddleboats, kayaks, and fishing boats to explore the 23-acre Gentian Lake.
A variety of restaurants are scattered throughout the county, and many are concentrated at the Four Corners area where Lake James and Jimmerson Lake meet. For a listing of area restaurants, including eight listed on the Foodie Trail, visit www.lakes101.org. Tour the 400-acre Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve or visit our wineries or the craft brewery for one-of-a-kind beverages. Popular Steuben County events include Angola Balloons Aloft, a hot-air balloon festival in early July, along with the seaplane splash-in, antique boat show, Cruise to the Monument and the polar bear plunge.