on the banks of the Elkhart River, Ox Bow Park is a reflection of
Elkhart County’s natural beauty. Here you can discover the
diversity of our natural environment and experience the renewal
of spirit which nature provides.
Ox Bow Park was established in 1969. The
was originally developed with matching funds by the Bureau of Outdoor
Recreation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Prior to
that date, what is now Ox Bow Park, was a self supporting 113 acre
farm for the Elkhart County Home. Residents of the County Home helped
work the farm in return for room, board and medical care.
Ox Bow Park gets its name from a natural feature found within the
park, an oxbow of the Elkhart River. Oxbows are U-shaped lakes that
form when rivers change their course. Their shape resembles the
oxen yokes used by pioneers. This ancient river channel is now a
wetlands which support fish and a wide variety of plant and wildlife
Ox Bow Park offers hundreds of acres set aside to provide space
for outdoor activities and the preservation of plant and wildlife
habitat. This multi use philosophy is at the heart of the Elkhart
County Parks. The park is managed with the needs of our park visitors
and the natural environment in mind. 20% of the park is developed
for your recreational needs and 80 % is left in a natural state
for the plants and animals that call Ox Bow home.
Bow provides four seasons of
enjoyment with its well maintained picnic areas and seven open and
one winterized shelter.
Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and playgrounds can be found throughout
the park. Other features include paved bike trail, an archery range,
observation tower, athletic fields, canoe launch, an open-air chapel
and an 18 hole disc golf course (Temporarily closed, will reopen in 2015). During the winter months, you can
find groomed trails for cross country skiing as well as two sledding
hills and a warming house for an afternoon of snow-filled fun.
All shelters have outdoor grills, drinking fountains and primitive
restroom facilities. Many include campfire platforms (wood not provided).
All shelters may be reserved. Any shelter not reserved can be used
on a first come basis. Playground equipment, volleyball courts and
horseshoe pits cannot be reserved. Reservations made for Monday
thru Thursday are half price. To reserve a shelter call the park administration
office, (574) 535-6458 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Fisherman's Camp Capacity - 75 Fee - $100.00
Open-air shelter located on the banks of the Elkhart River close
to the canoe launch, observation tower and the Red Pines Campfire
Area. Shelter includes campfire platform. Playground equipment,
volleyball court, horseshoe pit, athletic field, open-air chapel
and trails are nearby. Handicap-accessible.
Coffee Tree Capacity - 50 Fee - $50.00
Open-air shelter with good views of the Elkhart River. Shelter includes
a campfire platform and a horseshoe pit is nearby. The shelter is
located near several trails and just a short walk to the observation
Honey Locust Shelter
Capacity - 75 Fee - $75.00
Open-air shelter located near the oxbow of the Elkhart River. Hiking
trails lead along the river, oxbow and through a beautiful woodlands.
It's a short walk to the spillway and fishing areas. Shelter includes
a campfire platform. A swing set, sand box, horseshoe pit and volleyball
court are nearby. Handicap-accessible.
Maple Capacity - 50 Fee
shelter located in the heart of the park. The spillway and fishing
pier are just across the road providing excellent fishing opportunities.
The trails lead through the woodlands and
wetlands with good wildlife viewing. A short walk will take you
to the disc golf course, or across the theme bridge to a playground
area, athletic field and volleyball court. Shelter includes a campfire
- 75 Fee -$100.00
Open-air shelter overlooking the beautiful wetlands. The shelter
is located across the road from the archery range and athletic field
with plenty of room for ball sports. Hiking trails, playground equipment,
horseshoe pit and volleyball court are nearby. Shelter includes
a campfire platform. Handicap-accessible.
- 50 Fee - $50.00
Open-air shelter located adjacent to the disc golf course. Secluded
off the main roadway, the area provides good opportunities for viewing
wildlife. The shelter is close to the spillway and fishing pier.
Nearby trails lead you along the oxbow and wetland areas.
Capacity - 110 Fee - $100.00
Open-air shelter adjacent to the first tee of the disc golf course.
Hiking trails, horseshoe pit and a volleyball court are nearby.
Ox Bow Haus
Capacity - 50 Fee - $125.00, Security
Deposit - $100.00
Enclosed shelter with electricity and modern restroom facilities.
Tables and chairs are provided. Picnic tables and grills located
on back deck. Wood burning stove provides warmth during cooler months.
Hiking trails, athletic field, playground and volleyball court are
nearby. Ox Bow Haus is open to the public as a warming house December
Hickory Hill Chapel
Capacity - 50 Fee - $50.00
Open-air, three-sided structure located in the lower athletic field
with mature evergreens as the background. Wooden benches are arranged
in amphitheater style seating.
Payment for program fees, shelter reservations or Ox Bow Park season passes can be made by cash, check or credit card. Payments by cash or check can be made in person at the Elkhart County Parks Administration office, 211 W. Lincoln Ave, Goshen Indiana. Payment by credit card can be made in person or by phone at 574-535-6458. If paying by credit card a convenience fee of $1.00 or 3%, which ever is greater, will be applied.
shelters are full price, Saturday, Sunday & holidays,
other weekdays are half price.
Entrance Fee: $2.00
per season pass $15.00 per season pass for seniors
(65 and over)
per multiple pass
$2.00 Daily Fee; $20.00 Season Pass (ages 15 and younger, free)
$35.00 Vehicle Entrance Fee & Disc Golf
$1.00 Daily Fee; $10.00 Season Pass (ages 15 and younger, free)
$50.00 a day per tent, according to tent policy
from these fees are used to improve
quality of the Elkhart County Park system.
an effort to protect the beauty of the parks and to provide visitors
with a safe and enjoyable experience, certain activities are prohibited.
For a list of prohibited park activities please follow this link.
|January, February, November, December
||9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
a.m. - 8:00
|May, June, July, August
a.m. - 9:00
|Park hours subject to change without notice.
County Road 45, Goshen, IN 46528
Located on County Road 45, north of US Highway 33, midway between
Elkhart and Goshen, IN.
County Parks and Recreation
211 W. Lincoln Ave.
574-535-6458 TDD 574-535-6420
Goshen, IN 46526-3280