Ouabache State Park

Indiana DNR

Ouabache State Park is in Bluffton, Indiana, about 15 miles south of Fort Wayne, and covers 1,104 acres. It opened in 1962 and has a nature center, recreation center and campsites. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, volleyball, paved bicycle trail, tennis, basketball courts and picnicking. Ouabache is difficult to spell, but easy to pronounce. Simply say “Wabash” ... just like the river that forms the southwest boundary for the park. This is the French spelling of an Indian word, so don’t be surprised to hear some folks call it o-ba-chee. Kunkel Lake offers excellent fishing. During the summer months, a naturalist provides information about the natural wonders of the park. A lodge recreation building is available all year.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is awarding more than $275,000 to give a boost to seven preservation projects around the state.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the grants from the National Park Service will be matched by $249,000 in local and private funds.

The DNR, which announced the grants Tuesday, says the funding includes more than $24,000 that the city of Vincennes will use to assess renovation plans for an ornate neo-classical revival style building that houses the historic city's police department.

Ball State University's archaeology department is getting $48,000 for an archaeological survey of 900 acres of northern Indiana's Fulton County.

Other funding will pay for repairs to an old bank in the southern Indiana town of Georgetown and improvements to historic churches in Lafayette, Huntington and Indianapolis' Irvington neighborhood.

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