Do you know that July is National Lake Appreciation Month? We do! With 117 lakes and 30 public access sites to explore, we invite you to take advantage of all July offers in Noble County! With over 100 lakes, each has unique features and offers different ways to spend the day. Noble County’s lakes offer relaxing, fishing, swimming, boating, and water sports. Here is information on some of our favorite lake-centered activities to help you enjoy Lake Appreciation Month in Noble County!

~9 Lake Paddle Challenge~

Enjoy Chain O Lakes State Park in Albion and participate in the 9 Lake Paddle Challenge to mark National Lake Appreciation Month! Interested in completing the 9 Lake Challenge? Participants get a free sticker and are eligible to buy a “9 Lake Challenge T-Shirt” and larger, 4” vinyl stickers (weatherproof for application on boat/car/etc.) https://www.in.gov/…/files/sp-9LakesChallengeBrochure.pdf.

~Favored Beaches~

Let the waves hit your feet and the sand be your seat. Families love to explore and enjoy Noble County’s swimming and beaches! While there are many places to jump in, build a sand castle, or swim all day, these three are our favorites!

Bear Lake Public Access Site and beach front is located southwest of Albion and Wolf Lake.

Bixler Lake Park & public beaches, Kendallville, IN. East and west beaches available. Open until 7:30pm. There is no life guard on duty.

Sand Lake Beach & Boat Rental at Chain O Lakes State Park, Albion, IN.  Check out the State Park Website for more details.

Sand Lake beach at Chain O’Lakes State Park.

~For the love of fishing~

Twelve-year-old Gavin Lee showed off his freshly caught bluegill, reeled in on Cree Lake while on a family vacation. Cree Lake is located two miles east of Kendallville, with a Public Access Site.

A variety of water experiences await the veteran and novice fishermen and women in Noble County. If you want to reel in a certain catch, check out the list below that identifies the native fish for each body of water. We made it so simple anyone can navigate the list, like Gavin did!

Noble County is home to many varieties of fish, including blue gill, sunfish, bass, and pike.

Check out our Fishing Trail for an interactive map to locate Public Access Sites across Noble County and a guide to what fish can be netted on each lake!

Insider Tip- The Indiana DNR provides great resources, like this guide to over 30 Public Access Points scattered throughout the county: FREE DNR Public Access Map.

~Watersport & boating~

For tube rides, wakeboarding, or waterskiing, check out these water sport lakes!

Skinner Lake: 2 miles east of Albion off S.R. 8 — 125 acres, 32 feet deep.  Great for Blue Gill and Pike Fishing.  Waterskiing and other water sports allowed.

Insider Tip- Check out Nick’s Bait & Tackle for all your fishing needs and the Albion Pizza Depot for a tasty dinner following your evening pontoon rides!

Sylvan LakeRome City — 669 acres, 36 feet deep. Fishing: Bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie. Waterskiing & Watersports available.

West Lakes: 3 miles west of Rome City — 454 acres. Fishing: Bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike. Waterskiing is available on Waldron Lake.

Insider Tip: While in the Rome City and Sylvan Lake area, make sure to grab ice cream at Sundaes on Sylvan!

Don’t forget about dinner and specialty cocktail drinks at Sylvan Cellars Event and Tasting Room! You’ll be glad that you stop in!

Sylvan Cellars Event and Tasting Room, Rome City.

~No watercraft? No problem!~

Rental boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats are available at Chain O’ Lakes State Park for use on their 13 lakes, nine of which are connected. Welcome to small boat paradise! Boat Rental is open and ready to serve you 8 am – 8 pm. Get out on the ‘chain’! Boat Rental is located on Sand Lake right in the middle of the chain. Here are some tips from the folks at Chain O’Lakes about boat rentals:

Boat Rental is located on Sand Lake right in the middle of the chain.

Parking is available on the top of the hill and a short hike down to the rental facility. 

Do not forget you need a photo ID for rentals. 

Please note that life jackets are available with all boat rentals but bring your life jacket if preferred. 

Canoes, Single Kayaks, and Row Boats: $10/hour + tax 

Double Kayaks & Paddle Boats: $15/hour + tax 

Special full day rates available Monday – Friday with canoes, single kayaks, and row boats renting for $30/day plus tax and paddle boats and double kayaks renting for $40/day plus tax.

Rentals on the weekends & holidays are by the hour only (no full day rental price available), except for bikes and row boats, which can always be rented for the $30 daily rate.

Chain O’Lakes Boat Rental offers several options for all ages and skill levels.

~Additional Area Boat Rentals~

R&S Boats, Rome City- a full-service Marine: boat rentals, water toys, fishing license, sunscreen, propane, new & used pontoons, fishing boats, trailers, motors, docks/piers lifts. RENT- Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Pontoons!

West Lakes Boat Mart & Services, carries a wide range of pontoons, deck boats, fishing boats and tri-toons. Offering boats to suit every need and want, as well as in every price range. Offering pontoon rentals for used pontoons.

~Enhance your experience with SHOPNoble~

Many locally owned small businesses are waiting to meet you and want to ensure your visit to Noble County is unique and memorable.  Enhance your boating, swimming, or fishing experience by browsing local shops and indulging in the local food scene by exploring some establishments in our small business community!

We’ve mapped out a few local businesses, but you can find many more at SHOPNoble.

We hope you enjoy our Lake Appreciation Month guide! Noble County is home to 117 lakes, more than any other county in Northeast Indiana! Be rejuvenated by nature! Noble County is your destination for boating, kayaking, biking, trails, nature preserves, and more! 

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We can’t wait to see you on the LAKES!