Every State Park in Indiana has a unique quality about it. For me Shakamak is a hidden gem. It has a quaintness to it. We recently stopped by there to take it all in.
Over 400 acres of water form lakes for boating and fishing. Cool shades and breezes allow the many campsites to experience the turn of each season. Many family events and activities are offered throughout the year.
The Diving Tower was THE place where swimming titles were won and lost.
The year 1934 was a historic one as the first swim meet took place at Lake Shakamak. The following year, a National Swim Meet was held that attracted close to 10,000 spectators.
Many swimmers who competed in the 1930s became Hollywood actors. These included Esther Williams, Buster Crabtree, and Johnny Weismuller.
As years progressed, the Park installed a swimming platform, regulation length swimming lanes and a diving tower. Upon completion of these improvements, the park hosted the 1928 Olympic swim trials.
A 32-foot diving tower included 16-foot and 32-foot diving platforms and became the center attraction for National swimming events through the 1950s.
The Park was dedicated on September 3, 1928. The land was donated for a state park from Clay, Greene, and Sullivan Counties. And if you find the circle in the monument, you will be standing in all three counties (as pictured below).
Shakamak State Park is located approximately three (3) miles from Jasonville, Indiana.
Feature by: Kevin Rader
Photography and Video by: Heather Rader, How Charming Photography
Session/Feature Location (Shakamak State Park) was used by Photographer State Permit/Licensing and Insured Certificate through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.