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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.



Voyageur Rendezvous

Annual Voyageur Rendezvous Grand Kankakee Marsh
18th Century Fur-Trade Era Reenactment
Check back in 2018 for next years dates!  10 a.m. – 4 p. m.     $4 per person        
Children 7 and younger free

Peek into the lives of those who would have lived or traded along the waterways of the Midwest more than 250 years ago when the marshes were a source of valuable furs desired by merchant traders to take back to Europe.  Meet Native Americans, French-Canadian canoe men, called Voyageurs, British and French militia, early settlers, and many others. 

This is a family friendly event with lots of fun and interactive activities for the kids.  Visit the Children’s Trading Post to find out more.

Event Highlights include Opening and Closing Ceremonies • Arrival of Voyageurs by canoe • Trade Session with the Native Americans • Storytelling • Tomahawk Throw • Fashion Show • Hot Food, Cold Sarsaparilla and more.  For an event schedule, check back here in April.

Love a good challenge? Sign up for the Traveler's Challenge Race taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m. Visitors and reenactors will compete... but who will come out on top?

LCPRD Severe Weather Information: This is an outdoor program.  Visitors need to be aware that weather conditions may change necessitating program adjustments.  If weather conditions present a safety hazard it may be necessary to close the event.  Refunds will not be issued.


Special School Invite to the Voyageur Rendezvous 18th Century Fur Trade Era
Early Indiana History - 18th Century Fur Trade Era School/Group Tours
Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

Check back in 2018 for next years dates! (advance reservation required; only date offered)
Morning tour time slot:   9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon tour time slot: Noon – 2 p.m.
Minimum (20 students); Maximum (140 students) per time slot
$2 per person, including chaperones and teachers; $20 minimum
Reservations and deposit required at least ten business days in advance
Appropriate for 4th - 6th grade curriculum
Reserve your time slot now.  Space is limited and is closed when filled.
Call 219-769-PARK, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

History books open wide and come to life as your students visit the 18th century.  The Fur Trade Era is bustling with activity when you arrive.  Your students will see how the French Voyageurs played an important role in early commerce and trade right here in Northwest Indiana.  Native Americans traded furs while the Voyageurs, British, and French clashed over ownership of the land.  There is plenty for students to see, hear and learn.  They will feel like they just spent a day in the 18th century. You too, will enjoy jumping back into history!  The tour is completely outside, so please remind your students to dress for the weather.  Upon registration, teachers will be sent a confirmation packet, complete with pre or post activity sheets.



For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)

Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30