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Potato Creek State Park

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  • Potato Creek State Park Alerts (1)
    • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY ALERT for Worster Lake Beach: Swimming and boating permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink lake water where algae are present. More information.

Mailing: P.O. Box 908, North Liberty, IN 46554
Mapping: 25601 State Road 4, North Liberty, IN 46554

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  • Noncommercial vehicles with Indiana license plates: $7.
  • Noncommercial vehicles with out-of-state license plates: $9.

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Property: Daily, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Potato Creek is in north-central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. Making reservations is advisable to enjoy some of this popular park's facilities.

A variety of natural habitats await, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies, and diverse wetlands. Each offers unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observation.

Native peoples used the area for hunting and fishing. The area’s first people of European descent settled here in the 1830s.

This property is a stop on the
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A new lodge for Potato Creek State Park

The 120-room lodge and conference center - Indiana State Parks' first facility constructed from the ground up since 1939 - will sit on Worster Lake’s southern shore, in the Whispering Winds Picnic Area. This large area, not far from the park entrance but away from the main road, provides a beautiful view of Worster Lake, access to the paved bike trail and a small boat launch, room for parking and plenty of space to relax in the outdoors. Opening is targeted for 2026 or 2027.

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Aerial view of lodge buildings by lake
  • Activities
    • Nature Center/Interpretive Services
    • Picnicking/Shelters (Shelter Reservations)
    • Paved Bicycle Trail / 3.2 miles
    • Boat Launch Ramps / 2
    • Electric Trolling Motors Only
    • Bridle Trails
    • Cabins / 17 (Cabin Floor Plans)
    • Cross-Country Skiing / No Ski Rental
    • Fishing / Ice Fishing / Fishing Pier
    • Fish Cleaning Station
    • Hiking Trails
    • Mountain Bike Trail / 7.4 miles
    • Playground Equipment
    • Rentals
      • Bicycle
      • Canoe, Rowboat, Kayak
      • Recreation Building
    • Swimming / Beach (Policy).  ADA sidewalk runs from the parking lot to the water’s edge for accessible beach access.
    • Tubing Hill
    • Wildlife Observation Area

    Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab


  • Trails

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

    Potato Creek State Park offers a motorized wheelchair that can be taken on trails and around facilities.

    1. MODERATE (2.2 miles)—Skirts Worster Lake, passing through old fields and Maple and Oak Hickory forest. Returns to Nature Center area.

    2. RUGGED (2.0 miles)—Accessed either from Trail 1 or Trail 4. Winds through woods, up and down hills, to the highest point in the park.

    3. MODERATE (1 mile)—Travels along ridge overlooking Worster Lake, passing through Beech Maple forest and down to the lake observation deck. Wonderful spring wildflower trail.

    4. MODERATE (2.5 miles)—Scenic path along the stream through Beech-Maple woods, past the lake and old farm sites.

    5. EASY (1 mile)—Rolling trail cuts through old fields. Has a small wetland observation deck.

    6. EASY (.5 mile)—Short loop passes wetland and woods.

    PEPPERMINT LOOP TRAIL (.9 mile), EASY—Starts at Nature Center following Trail 1 on old Peppermint Road along the lake. Cuts through a young woods and rejoins the end of Trail 1.

    PAVED BICYCLE TRAIL (3.3 miles), MODERATE—Trail starts at boat rental and ends near Tulip Poplar shelter. It winds up and down wooded hills, above the creek bed, and then onto flat land passing wetlands and through forests.

    MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL (7.4 miles), BEGINNERS—Developed through a partnership between the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association and Potato Creek State Park. Please obey posted signs and ride safely. For increased safety, bikers should ride in the direction indicated and hikers should walk in the opposite direction. Bikers should always yield to hikers. Helmets recommended.

    FRIENDS WETLAND TRAIL (.75), EASY – Looped Trail passes by multiple wetlands and observation decks.



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