Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, IN

Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, IN


One boundary of our park is bordered by the
Wabash river, that’s where the name comes from. The name is actually French, it looks
like, if you were to say it, it looks like “O-ba-chee.” That was how we answered the
phone, that was how it was pronounced. I think it’s been close to fifteen years ago now they
decided that they would call what it’s original intention was, was Wabash. The park is about 1100 acres, just a few acres
over. We’re located just south of Fort Wayne and north-east of Indianapolis. For such a
small compact property I feel like we have a lot of things in this park. We have a wonderful campground that has tons
of oaks and hickories in it and offers lots of shade, and gives you kind of the traditional
camping feeling. We have 10 bison enclosed in about a 25 acre
area. They serve as a natural history and education for those that visit. And every
weekend we have programming on them, we have a lot of school groups that come out and get
educated. We have a paved bike trail that links us to
the city of Bluffton here. It’s five miles total, three of those miles being in the park. A lot of people that like history and like
to see the stone work and the building work that the CCC did in the 1930’s will come out
to see that stuff. We still have the original fire tower that they built. We also have a lodge recreation building where
folks have been holding their reunions and family reunions for going on 50 years now.
The lodge is kind of built in a rustic style, it was built by the CCC. Its a wonderful place
for people to have get-togethers, we have wedding receptions there, all kinds of stuff.
Its a real neat building. The park is kind of off the beaten path and
not quite as heavily used as some of the other parks. A lot of times folks can come here
on a Saturday and there might be some people here, but you can usually find a quiet spot
here somewhere.

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