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Lake Shafer

Lake Shafer, located in north western Indiana, is one of two man-made lakes built on the Tippecanoe River. Lake Shafer was created in 1923 when the Norway Hydroelectric Dam was built just north of Monticello.

In 1925 the Oakdale Hydroelectric Dam was built slightly south of Monticello creating Lake Freeman.

The man-made lakes of Shafer and Freeman are unequaled because the "run-of-the-river" dams help to maintain a consistent water level in both lakes throughout the year.

1,291acres of recreational waters contained by a 50-mile shoreline offers all types of water sports' activities and has become a favorite summertime destination for tourists.

With Indiana's largest amusement park being located on the lake, thousands of tourists come to the lake to take advantage of the Indiana Beach Amusement Park and Camp Resort.


With its abundant populations of carp, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, white crappie and bluegill, fishing enthusiasts come to Lake Shafer to take advantage of the opportunity to catch superior quality fish from prime fishing waters.

Lake Shafer sponsors several fishing tournaments throughout the year and is host to the annual American Bass Anglers' Fishing Tournament


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    Lake Shafer Indiana Coordinates:
40.7812N  -86.7570 W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
1,291 acres
Maximum Depth:
30 ft
648 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
2 - 5 ft
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Lake Shafer enforces no horsepower limits for motorboats, which allows water sports' lovers to enjoy water skiing, jet skiing and more. Four public boat ramps around Lake Shafer allow easy access to the water. Several marinas located around the lake provide sales and services needed by boaters. Several offer boat and jet ski rentals.

Boat rentals and supplies are / are not available around the lake.


Lake Shafer lodging options are numerous. There are more than 100 camp sites, resorts, rental cottages and other lodging facilities located around the lake.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and other facilities in the area.


The closest major city to Lake Shafer is Indianapolis. Other nearby cities: Monticello, Lafayette, Kokomo and Wabash. Lake Shafer flows through White county.

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