OUABACHE STATE PARK
Ouabache State Park is a 1,104-acre state park property bordering the Wabash River east of Bluffton at 4930 E. Ind. 201, Bluffton, IN, 46714. It is operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks and Reservoirs. Ouabache Flatwoods Nature Preserve is located within the park and designated on property maps.
Jon Winne is the park manager and Tyrone Jessup is the assistant park manager.
Directions: Take Ind. 124 east from Ind. 1 to Ind. 201, turn south and follow state park signs to main entrance.
Telephone: 260-824-0926; Fax No.: 260-824-9402
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from November through March 31. Daily hours early April 5, through late October are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Admission Fees: $7 per car for residents daily. $9 per car for non-residents daily. $50 annual pass for residents; $70 for annual pass for non-residents; $25 Golden Hoosier Passport. Fees collected seasonally when the office is open seven days a week. (Subject to change)
Camping Facilities: 124-site electric campground with modern restrooms and shower facilities. Reservations available from early May to late October through Central Reservation System at 1-866-622-6746 or online at www.CAMP.IN.Gov
Primitive Youth Tent Campground for approved youth groups under adult supervision.
Kunkel Lake Beach: Generally open from dawn to dusk Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free with admission to the park. Features 215 feet of waterline and 2,500 tons of sand.Water is up to four feet deep. No life guard on duty; adults responsible for children’s safety while swimming. Contact the office for more information.
Kunkel Lake: 25-acre lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish. License required. Canoe, john boat and paddle boat rental available.
Fire tower: Reopened in 2018. Open during park hours. 100 steps high. Offers views of the park.
Recreational Opportunities: Hiking trails, paved bike trail, bison exhibit, firetower, naturalist activities, playground equipment, picnic shelters, Bocce ball court, renovated baseball diamond, play fields and tennis/basketball courts. A paved bike trail extension connects Ouabache State Park to the Bluffton Rivergreenway Trail for a combined distance of almost 5 miles.
There is no county parks and recreation board or department, but the Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department operations include various facilities that are available for use of people outside the city as well as within Bluffton. The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department has a property tax rate from which Bluffton taxpayers fund the needs, although there are some revenues for part of the costs in the form of swimming pool admissions fees and some special program charges.
OUABACHE STATE PARK