Potato Creek State Park

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Potato Creek State Park


(574) 656-8186

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Potato Creek is located in north central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. A variety of natural habitats await the visitor to this park including the 327 acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each of these offer their own unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observations. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment.Reservations are suggest at this very popular park.

Map of Potato Creek (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.540162, -86.354405



  • Boating

    Boats, canoes, paddleboats, kayaks and trolling motors are availible for rental by day or hour. The boat rental is accessible. Private boats or sailboats may be launched only at the boat launches. Only electric trolling motors, powered by no more than two 12-volt batteries, or hand propulsion, is allowed. A mooring area is available for a nominal fee.

  • Bicycling

    There is both a 3.3-mile paved trail with some hilly and curvy stretches and a 6.6-mile beginner level mountain bike trail. Standard bicycle rentals are available, or visitors may bring their own bicycle. Helmets are recommended on mountain bike trail.

  • Camping

    The campground is equipped with flush toilets, hot water, showers and electricity. The sites accommodate six people. There are no water or sewage hookups. Tent and trailer sites, and a dumping station and water filling station are available. A separate horsemen's campground is available. The cabins are open year-round and accommodate eight people. There are two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen, dining area and screened porch. The cabins are rented Saturday to Saturday, mid-June through mid-August, although two consecutive-night rentals can be made 90 days in advance if available. Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday nights must be rented together the rest of the year. Pots and pans provided. Occupancy of all overnight accomodations is limited to 14 consecutive nights. Reservations are available through the Central Reservation System.

  • Fishing

    Bass, bluegill, etc. can be caught at the park. A state license required. There is a 14-inch minimum bass limit.

  • Hiking

    There are six short hiking trails open at the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    For owners of horses there are several miles of bridle trails, which begin at the horsemen's campground. Horses are permitted only on these trails. No rentals are avalible.

  • Picnicking

    Tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment, playfields, and picnic shelters equipped with electricity are offered at the park. Reservations for all shelters are available through the Central Reservation System.

  • Water Sports

    The park beach is free and provides an accessible area. The bathhouse and beach is open the Saturday before Memorial Day and no later than Labor Day. Lockers are available for a 25 cent fee. Conditions may require the beach closing before Labor Day. The east end of the beach is available as a dog beach.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing is open during the winter, but equipment is not provided. There are more than eight miles of groomed trails when snow-covered. Tubing, sledding and ice fishing are also available.

Park Partners



From South Bend, take US 31 south 6.3 miles to SR 4. Turn right (west) on State Route 4 and go 4.7 miles to the park entrance on the north side of the road. The visitor center and gatehouse are located on that entrance road.

From the east take US 20 west to the US 20 Bypass. Continue west on the US 20 Bypass into St. Joseph County until the US 31 exit. Go south on US 31 for 6.3 miles to State Route 4. Turn right on State Route 4 and drive 4.7 miles to the park entrance on the right.

From the south take US 31 north through Lakeville to State Route 4. Turn left on State Route 4 and go 4.7 miles to the park entrance.

From the west take State Route 4 east through North Liberty and continue for three miles to the park entrance on the left.

Phone Numbers


(574) 656-8186