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USA Indiana Salamonie River State Forest

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Facilities and Activities:
GeneralLand, acres850
 Hiking Trail, miles9
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Swimming Beach, feetyes
 Bridle Trails, milesyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #yes
CampingPrimative, #32
 Horsemen Campsites, #15

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State Park Overview:
The name Salamonie was derived from the Native American word "O-sah-mo-nee," which means "yellowpaint." Native Americans made yellow paint from the bloodroot plant which grew in great abundancealong the winding banks of the river. Salamonie River State Forest was created as a demonstration riverside forest for the reclamation oferoded land. The state forest was established in the mid 1930's when local people assisted the state inpurchasing the hilly land and bluffs along the Salamonie River. Most of the land's topsoil was erodedaway, making reclamation of the area a major challenge. To deal with this challenge, a 200-memberCivilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was created. The CCC designed and planned the forest andrecreation facilities and opened a stone quarry. Several hundred acres of land were reforested and manyrecreation facilities were built, including Hominy Ridge Lake and the large stone shelter house that standsnear the lake. Today the forest encompasses 850 acres and offers many recreational opportunities to itsvisitors.
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Horse Trails

I use to go here as a young girl with my family and our horses. I loved riding my horse through the beautiful trails. I really enjoyed going when the leaves were just starting to change color.

(name not given)  30-Aug-2011

ok for short visit

stopped off here on x country trip. good sites for such a cheap rate. other campers respectful.

(name not given)  25-Jul-2010

love the waterfalls

1st time visiting park and we just loved it, plan to camp there sometime soon.

Written by vickie fisher  14-Jun-2010


I like the waterfalls, although I have not seen all of them yet. Also know that Kissing Falls is near but not in the state park. Maps directing people to all of the falls are not great.

(name not given)  25-Jan-2010


My husband and I started hiking near the dam in the Fall of 2006. We have every year since, and plan to make it a family tradition. We always go in the fall, but this year we are going to try our first camping experience in the forest. We are very excited, the scenery is simply breath-taking!!!

Written by Stephanie, Fort Wayne, IN  19-May-2009

A favorite for all ages

I take my sons here numerous times every year. No matter what you like to do they have it all. Wether you prefer marked or unmarked trails, horse back or fishing. The wildlife is abundant and the views are breath taking.

Written by Hailey  22-Apr-2009

Horse riding at its best

We have traveled with our horses to three states and find the Salamonie a hard place to beat. Wonderful and beautiful, challenging, great camping and relaxing with the kids and horses.

Written by Rhonda  16-Feb-2009

Camp here every year...

Written by MissyDawn  12-Jun-2008

Salamonie River State Forest offers 2 primitive(class C) campgrounds: family campground with 32campsites, and a horseman's camp with 15 sites. Campsites are available on a first come, first servebasis. Please self-register for camping at the campground entrance. Pit toilets and drinking water areavailable near sites.

Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.

Horse Trails Main Access Provides riders from outside the forest access to the trail system. A short trail with easy riding on mostlylevel terrain.

Wood DuckSeasonal trail, open from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. It is closed during the restof the year due to wet trail conditions and hunting season. A flat area, with easy riding through stands ofpines. In late spring and early summer, riders may see or hear wood ducks in this area.

Riverview/BoundaryThis winding trail varies in topography as it meanders in and out of ravines and overlooks along theSalamonie River. It is moderately difficult to ride with some rugged areas that are more challenging.

Waterfall A moderately difficult trail that wanders in and out of ravines and provides views of two rocky gorges withwaterfalls.

Boundary/ReservoirThis easy trail provides access to the Salamonie Reservoir Bridle Trail. Maps of this trail are available inthe self-registration station in the Horseman's Camp and at the state forest and reservoir offices.
Close to Hominy Ridge Lake is a spacious shelterhouse which contains deep ovens and two fireplaces.Picnic tables are scattered throughout the area and a playground is also provided.
Fishing and Hunting:
Hominy Ridge Lake (4 acres) offers largemouth bass, bluegill, redear and catfish; a valid Indiana fishing license is required. A boat launch is located at the east side of the lake; boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only. The forest also provides access to the Salamonie River, which offers opportunities to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, catfish and walleye pike. In addition, trout are released into the river during the Labor Day Weekend.


Whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, turkey, squirrel, fox, and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required.
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