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State Parks > Parks & Lakes > Ouabache State Park Ouabache State Park

Ouabache State Park
4930 E. State Road 201
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 824-0926
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Ouabache is difficult to spell, but easy to pronounce. Simply say 'Wabash'...just like the river that forms the southwest boundary for the park. This is the French spelling of an Indian word, so don't be surprised to hear some folks call it o-ba-chee.

Kunkel Lake offers excellent fishing. During the summer months, a naturalist will provide information about the natural wonders of the park. A lodge recreation building is ideal for special gatherings and is now available all year.

During the summer, pool hours may change because of weather and staffing. Please contact the property office for exact times before your visit.


  • Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services (seasonal)
  • Picnicking/Shelters
    (Shelter Reservations)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing / Boating
  • Hiking Trails
  • Paved Bicycle Trail
  • Swimming Pool. Check office for hours.
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Court
  • Playgrounds

Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab

  • Electric
  • Youth Tent
  • Dumping Station



Note: For trail locations, view the property map under the MAPS tab.

1. EASY (1 mile)—Circles wildlife exhibit, starting at exhibit parking lot.

2. EASY (1.5 miles)—Begins at north end of campground. Winds north through pine plantation, then south along swimming pool complex and back east to campground.

3. EASY (1.5 miles)—Begins at north end of campground, travels east through magnificent stand of oak and hickory, passes a woodland marsh, and winds back to the point of origin.

4. MODERATE (3 miles)—Begins at wildlife exhibit, branches north through heavy pine plantations, then west through more pines, hawthorn, etc., and back east along the southern edge of Kunkel Lake to the point of origin.

5. MODERATE (6 miles)—The “Ouabache Trail” begins at the wildlife exhibit and circles the entire property, using portions of all trails. Trail 5 may be started and finished at any trail entrance. The trail will take you through virtually all types of trees and terrain available in the area. Several interesting footbridges dot the trail.