A Winter Thrill Awaits – Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park

Have you heard of the Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park? Our family hadn’t either and loved exploring this hidden gem.

Typically, winter finds us heading up north to enjoy the seasonal activities available in the Mitten. However, one winter our travels took us an hour southeast to Angola, Indiana for an amazing adventure.

Hold on Tight

The ¼ mile toboggan track is refrigerated and operates seasonally through the end of February. No snow? No problem, as the track doesn’t need it to operate. The track speed gets up to 30-40 mph and you can usually get in several rides within the hour time frame, depending on how busy it is.

Sleds are rented hourly on a first-come, first served basis. A maximum of four people per sled allowed. There are no specific age or height restrictions for children. During busy times, the toboggan track can run out of sleds, but simply add your name to the waiting list. My kids headed to the warming center for a snack, view of the track and a bit of respite from the cold.

The toboggan run has different size sleds. We needed a 4-person sled and had the option of a 35 or 65-pound sled. Wanting to go fast, I opted for the heavier sled. It was way too heavy to carry, so we switched it out for the lighter sled for the remainder of our runs and honestly I couldn’t tell the difference.

See for Yourself-

3 Things We Loved

  • This is one winter activity that the entire family can enjoy without any age/height requirement. The only limitation you may encounter is the walk back up the hill/steps to the toboggan run with the sled in tow.
  • The toboggan run has a speedometer to track your speed on each run. We were zipping by so fast, I could never remember to check the speed.
  • There is more than the toboggan run in Pokagon State Park. The scenic area offers a variety of all-season activities (during the winter: cross-country skiing, nine different walking trails throughout the park, ice skating, ice fishing). Make sure to check out the nearby Nature Center located within walking distance of the toboggan run. They offer a number of interactive activities and recreational programs. During our visit, we took advantage of the snowshoe walk.

Ready to Brave the Toboggan Run?

In addition to the sled rental fee, there is also a State Park entrance fee. The toboggan run operates during the weekend:

Friday: 5:30 PM -9:00 PM

Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 – 5:00 PM

Winter Toboggan Run

Make it a Mini-Getaway

The Toboggan Run is certainly a day trip from Kalamazoo, however, consider an overnight getaway. The Potawatomi Inn Resort is located adjacent to the Toboggan run and offers numerous amenities that make it a great place for families. It is rich with history and my children were thrilled to explore since they had recently learned about the Potawatomi Tribe/culture in school.

The Resort is located in a lush wood setting on the shores of Lake James. There is an indoor pool, whirlpool, game room, fitness room, great views of the beach, and onsite dining. Make sure and grab a window table in the dining room as the views overlook the end of the toboggan run. We sat near the fireplace and watched the tobogganers with a steaming cup of hot cocoa.


Thanks again Steuben County Tourism Bureau for hosting our visitAll opinions are my own.

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