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State Parks > Parks & Lakes > Pokagon State Park/Trine State Recreation Area > Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It takes 20 to 30 seconds to a stop a quarter mile from the tower.

Schedule

It opens for the season, with or without snow, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 28. It operates on weekends only through March 1, 2015. Hours:

Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Toboggan has extended hours during Winter Break and is open on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day.

Fees & General Information

  • Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax). Purchase a Toboggan Run gift certificate.
  • Park entrance fees: $5 in-state vehicles, $7 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
  • Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to 4 toboggans.
  • Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Maximum of 4 people per toboggan (no exceptions).
  • Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
  • No all-day rentals. 
  • No group reservations or group rates.
  • Children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
  • No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
  • Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
  • Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).

History & Facts

The slide got its start in 1935 when the boys from Civilian Conservation Corps Company 556 built a wooden toboggan run for their own fun. The first run had a huge curve halfway down and then, near the inn, curved toward Lake James. The following year, the track was straightened to increase speed. In 1938, Company 556 erected a taller tower of about 20 feet. A second track was added in 1940.

In 1971, the slide became refrigerated. The design at that time now seems a little primitive compared to today. The old wooden tower and concrete began to deteriorate and the current 30-foot tower and track were added in 1974. In 1984, work started on renovating the two tracks. At the same time, a new rental and warming center was built. The new track did not reopen until Thanksgiving 1986. Additional work was done in 1998. More about the run's history.