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Bixler Lake Park

Bixler Lake ParkBixler Lake Park completely surrounds 117-acre Bixler Lake, providing unique opportunities for outdoor recreation and education. The natural beauty of the area has been combined with development of facilities for the enjoyment of all ages and interests. Bixler Lake Park is over 530 acres including the lake! A pedestrian walkway and nature trail of over three miles circles the lake through the wetland nature area, and it runs by two beaches and landscaped woodlands. Six open-air pavilions are available for reservation and numerous playgrounds provide fun for children. Fishing, boating and swimming are popular activities. Varied habitats throughout the park encourage wildlife ranging from deer to fox. Observation platforms enable excellent wildlife viewing of waterfowl and nature interpretation is accomplished with signs along the trail and at the trailheads. Other facilities include a lighted softball field, campground, tennis courts and basketball courts.

A map of Bixler Lake Park is available to download and print here.

Fees for park entry are:

  • Residents - no charge with season pass
  • Non-residents - $3.00 per vehicle, $25.00 season pass

Fees for pavilions and gazebo rental are:

  • Individuals & non-profit organizations: $25.00 for residents, $40.00 for non-residents
  • Large groups and for-profit organizations: $100.00 for residents, $150.00 for non-residents

Bixler Lake Campground

Bixler Lake CampgroundLocated in the heart of Kendallville's largest city park, Bixler Lake Campground is dedicated to providing affordable, family-oriented camping experiences. Beautiful, wooded sites are available, and we accommodate group camping. Water and electrical hookups are provided, and a camp store offers firewood, ice, drinks and snacks. Showers and restrooms are handicapped accessible.

A wide variety of activities are available to the camper including fishing and supervised swimming on 117 acre Bixler Lake. Modern playgrounds, ball diamond, nature trails, horseshoe, volleyball and many special events conducted by the campground coordinators complete the list of things to do.

During the camping season, accommodations can be made at the campground by phone at (260) 242-6898. At other times, the Park and Recreation office can relay requests at (260) 347-1064. Advanced reservations are required for holidays with non-refundable deposit.

A map of Bixler Lake Campground is available to download and print here.

Fees for the 2017 season are:

  1. Opens last weekend of April (weather permitting) thru weekend after Apple Festival (weekend is considered Friday-Saturday-Sunday) ** NO CAMPING BEFORE APRIL AND AFTER mid-OCTOBER **
  2. Wood: $4.00 (15 pieces/bundle)
  3. 1 RV and 1 tent or 2 tents per site (each additional tent has an additional charge)
  4. To reserve ahead, you must pay for 1 night (not electrical hook-up)
  5. Golf carts allowed if handicapped
  6. Camp office hours: April through Memorial weekend - M-Th 4:00-8:00pm, Fr Noon-8:00pm, Sa-Su 10:00am-8:00pm
  7. Rates:
    1. Daily: $20.00, $2.50 additional for optional electrical/water hookup, $2.50 additional for air-conditioning, $23.00 for Holidays and Apple Festival weekend plus $2.50 additional for optional electrical hookup and $2.50 additional for air-conditioning.
    2. Monthly: $385.00
      1. Not for tents. Tents can only stay a week at a time.
      2. Includes hook-ups.
    3. Septic dumping: No charge for campers, $20.00 all others.
    4. Plus tax for all fees.

Once you've experienced the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of Bixler Lake Campground, you'll want to return.