Camping and Fishing in Lake Sullivan, Indiana

Camping and Fishing in Lake Sullivan, Indiana

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Anglers at the 461-acre Lake Sullivan, in Sullivan County, Indiana, cast their lures for bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish as well as saugeye - a hatchery-bred cross between a male sauger and a female walleye. An expansive campground has more than 450 improved campsites, almost all with partial hookups.

Camping at Lake Sullivan and nearby

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While most of the sites at the Sullivan County Park & Lake campground have water and electric, none have full hookups. Sites, some of them back-in, have gravel parking pads. Primitive tent sites have no facilities, and group and overflow areas are available. The park is open from March through November.

Shakamak State Park, about 16 miles northeast of Sullivan County Park, has three man-made lakes for boating and fishing as well as an aquatic center for swimming. The campground has eight full hook-up sites, more than 100 electric sites and 42 rustic sites. Camping cabins at the park have electricity, a picnic table and fire ring.

Eleven miles southeast of Sullivan County Park, Greene - Sullivan State Forest is a 9,000-acre recreation area with more than 120 lakes dotting hilly woodland topography. All of the campsites are primitive and available only on a first come, first served basis. Each site has a picnic table and a grill. There are no bathhouses, but pit toilets are available. The state forest also has one accessible campsite, and 20 equestrian sites.


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Lake Sullivan’s 40-foot boat launch ramp and four boat docks with space for more than 100 boats provide access to the water. Bank fishing within Sullivan County Lake & Park is also an option for anglers, but much of the lake shore is privately owned and off-limits to fishermen. The lake is relatively shallow, with an average depth of 10 feet, and panfish like gizzard shad, crappie and bluegill are most common in the lake, though channel cat, saugeye and the occasional walleye swim in the waters. Sullivan is one of the few lakes in Indiana with a minimum size requirement for saugeye, which must be at least 14 inches long. The daily bag limit for redear sunfish and crappie is 25. Anglers can take six walleye or saugeye.

Anglers, resident and non-resident, need a fishing license, available online, by mail, or at more than 525 retailers throughout the state.

Beyond fishing and camping

The Rebird State Recreation Area in nearby Linton has trails for off-road vehicles, ATVs, bikers and hikers. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the week, and fees are collected from both residents and non-residents.

Held annually in September, the four-day Sullivan Corn Festival features a parade, free live entertainment and a parade. After the parade on Saturday, the Rotary Club prepares a meal of corn on the cob and all the fixings.

If the fish aren’t biting, the Elks Country Club has an 18-hole, 5960-yard golf course.

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