The Friends of Shakamak is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting projects and events to help preserve and promote the educational, natural, cultural, recreational, and historical aspects of Shakamak State Park through volunteer and charitable support while functioning within the mission of the park.
Shakamak was the seventh state park established in Indiana in 1929 on a tract of former mine land donated to the state by Clay, Greene, and Sullivan counties. The name "Shakamak" is a Kickapoo Indian word meaning long fish or eel. Although absent in the lakes due to dams which prohibit the natural water flow, fresh water eels are found in the nearby Eel and Wabash Rivers.
Shakamak State Park offers over 400 acres of water for fishing and boating, while a family aquatics center provides swimming fun. Five trails offer guests a variety of options to explore nature, while park staff provide many programs and special events to educate and entertain. About two-thirds of the campsites at Shakamak are in a wooded environment offering cool shade in the summer and beautiful fall colors in autumn. There are also several play areas for younger guests, and the group camp is ideal for hosting large events.
To learn more about Shakamak State Park, please visit our Park History page!
We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers, members, and community, we are able to offer many beloved events and programs throughout the year.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.
The only way to have a Friend is to be one. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson