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If you want to catch a glimpse of Bison in Indiana, you actually have a couple options! One of my favorites is Ouabache State Park. This hidden gem one of 24 Indiana State Parks and is located in northeastern Indiana, near the town of Bluffton. It covers an area of over 1,100 acres and is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, and beavers, and of course Bison. This park has roughly a 10 bison herd spread across a 20 acre viewing area with a walking path going around.
Bison, also known as American buffalo, were once plentiful in Indiana but were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s. Today, bison can be found in a few places in Indiana, including state parks and private farms. The Indiana bison population is estimated to be around 600 animals. At Ouabache, you can enjoy the roughly 1.8 mile Buffalo Pen Loop to view the parks herd. This is an easy trail and is kid and dog friendly.
The park has several hiking trails, including a trail that leads to a fire tower with views of the surrounding area. In the winter, the park offers cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Ouabache State Park is known for its fall foliage, with the leaves on the trees turning vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow and is definitely on my list to check out this fall. Kunkel Lake located inside the park and is a popular spot for fishing and canoeing.
The park features a large campground with over 100 sites, including electric and and a youth campground. There is also a softball diamond, tennis and basketball court, or check out the Wildlife Exhibit! Check out their calendar of events to catch a session with a Park Naturalist! With variety of recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, and swimming, this park is a must to add to your list to visit.
See you on the next adventure!