Discover Ox Bow

Packed with activities and amenities, it’s not hard to see why this park is so well-loved.

Park Address

23033 County Road 45
Goshen, IN 46528

Directions to Ox Bow

Park Hours

Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec - 9 AM-6 PM
Mar-Oct - 9 AM-7 PM
Apr, Sept - 9 AM-8 PM
May-Aug - 9 AM-9 PM

Park hours subject to change without notice.

If you’re looking for a park to explore and play all day, you’ve come to the right place. Mere minutes from Elkhart and Goshen, Ox Bow County Park offers countless ways to make the most out of your visit–from nature programs and woodland hikes to archery and disc golf, you’ll be spoiled for choice on what to do next.

Park Admission

A daily entry fee is required for all motorized vehicles. For pedestrians arriving by bicycle or on foot, admission is free.
Vehicle Entrance Fee: $2/vehicle
Annual Pass: $20/year

The Story of Ox Bow County Park

Ox Bow County Park began as 165 acres of land farmed by the residents and staff of the nearby Elkhart County Home. In 1968, the property was transferred to the Elkhart County Parks Board, and designated as park land. In the following year, the property was formally named Ox Bow County Park, inspired by an oxbow lake that formed through the succession of the Elkhart River over many years.

Park Additions

In the 2000s, Ox Bow County Park has seen some big additions such as the 1-mile paved bike path and the construction of a new lookout tower. Both have been welcomed with gratitude for generous support and excitement for new memories to be made and experiences to be had now and into the future.

Things to Do

Ox Bow is packed with opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation.

Archery

The NW end of the park features an Archery Range. Daily use is $1 with park admission, or $10/Annual Pass (free for ages 15 & younger)

Disc Golf

The Flying Disc Sanctuary includes a 24-hole technical course that is popular with local disc golfers and clubs. Daily use with park admission is $2, or $20/Annual Pass.

Field Sports

Two athletic fields offer wide expanses for tackling team sports, like soccer, volleyball, and flag football.

Fishing

Ox Bow’s Elkhart River provides almost unlimited opportunities for fishing and features multiple piers and sites to cast a line.

Hiking

Meandering trails through woodlands and wetlands offer great views and easy hikes. Go solo, or bring a friend, or the whole family!

Snow Sports

In the winter months, the park features groomed trails and two sledding hills and a warming house for an afternoon of snow-filled fun.

Upcoming Events

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Halloween Campfire & Hayride

10/25/2018 6:00 pm
$5/person
All
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Tails to Trails

10/19/2018 6:00 pm
Free
All
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Nature Nuts: Nature's Colors

10/02/2018 9:30 am
$4/child, $3/each additional sibling
3-5
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Hiking Club: Ox Bow

09/20/2018 6:00 pm
Free
All
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Nature Nuts: Butterflies

09/11/2018 9:30 am
$4/child, $3/additional sibling
3-5
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Introduction to Carbon Footprints

08/30/2018 6:00 pm
$3/person
6 & up
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Nature Readers: Salt

10/16/2018 6:00 pm
Free
All
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Nature Readers: The Bees

08/21/2018 6:00 pm
Free
All
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Shelters at Ox Bow

Ox Bow Park features eight rentable facilities and sites.

Red Pines Campfire

Capacity100

Fee$$25

Hickory Hill Chapel

Capacity50

Fee$$60

Fisherman’s Camp Shelter

Capacity75

Fee$$110

Honey Locust Shelter

Capacity75

Fee$$85

Coffee Tree Shelter

Capacity50

Fee$60

Ox Bow Haus Shelter

Capacity50

Fee$$125 (Deposit: $100)

Cottonwood Shelter

Capacity75

Fee$$110

Black Maple Shelter

Capacity50

Fee$$60