Imagine what it would be like to sit on a toboggan holding onto three loved ones for dear life as it races 42 miles per hour down an undulating, refrigerated track.
That is what the throngs of visitors to “Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park” in Angola, Indiana have to look forward to each year.
Joyously enough, the toboggan season is here again so what follows is information visitors will need when planning a visit to “Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park.”
Brief History of Toboggan Run
Drawing an estimated 90,000 visitors annually, the “Toboggan Run” has been a staple in Angola since its initial creation in 1935.
Though the “Toboggan Run” track and landscape has changed much since the early days, the bone-chilling, white knuckle excitement caused by the toboggan ride experience has not.
The run started out as a simple one constructed by the region’s Civil Engineer Corps and has since transformed into a killer ¼ mile refrigerated track that by its very nature virtually guarantees a heart stopping 30 second run every time, regardless of snow.
Seasonal Hours of Operation
The “Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park” opens each year right after Thanksgiving and continues operation until later February.
This year the run will maintain hours of operation starting November 27th, 2010 at 10:00 am and concluding on February 27th, 2011.
Visitors to “Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park” should note that tobogganing is a “weekends only” activity. It is open from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Friday, and from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Families with school age children should also note that “Toboggan Run” does offer extended hours of operation during Christmas break, which this year is acknowledged as being from December 17th, 2010 until January 2nd, 2011.
Before getting to “Toboggan Run” visitors must enter into “Pokagon State Park” and remit a per vehicle fee that is determinate on their state of origin and type of vehicle.
Out-of-state visitors arriving in cars and trucks can expect to pay a $7 per vehicle charge, whereas buses are charged a $2 per person fee.
Indiana residents catch a break when it comes to park admission rates, having to pay just $5 per vehicle.
Once inside the park, the toboggan rental will set thrill seekers back a mere $10 with a maximum of four people being allowed on one toboggan at any given time. The $10 fee is good for as many rides as one wants to take within the day’s hours of operation.
Traditionally the best time to avoid large crowds and thereby increase the chance of multiple toboggan rides is towards the evening.
No worries there, because “Pokagon State Park” also features cross country skiing so you may want to ski first and then spend the late afternoon and evening on “Toboggan Run.”
Hagglers will also be ecstatic to know that there are solid discounts available on Friday nights for multiple toboggan rentals, except during select periods. Therefore, if you plan on taking a big group toboggan riding with you, Friday evenings is your best time to save a buck or two.
Those that would like more information on “Toboggan Run” and the other winter activities available at “Pokagon State Park” should log onto the park’s website.
Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park
450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, IN 46703
Fred Wooley, “Pokagon Toboggan Slide Has Produced Smiles for Decades” Indiana Department of Natural Resources