Pokagon State Park
Trine State Recreation Area
Trine State Recreation Area
The newly-opened Trine State Recreation Area is also a part of Pokagon State Park. The 186 acres are steeped in natural and cultural history. No private boats are allowed but boat rentals are available. Fishing is allowed from rented boats or the pier. Easy to moderate trails offer hiking opportunities and when there’s enough snow, a large sledding hill is open. Family cabins plus the Wild Turkey Shelter are available to rent. The entrance fee into Pokagon State Park is $5 per Indiana car and $7 per out-of-state car.
Trine State Recreation
145 W. Feather Valley Rd.
Fremont, IN 46737
Reservation Information at this Link
Trine State Recreation Area History
Wing Haven Resort
Established in 1948 by Ben and Helen Swenson, Wing Haven featured 12 cabins, nature trails and a nature cabin. Helen named each of the cabins after birds and themed the decorations of the cabin to match the bird it was named for. The Swensons had served at innkeepers at nearby Pokagon State Park, purchasing the property to operate as a resort.
Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Swenson (October 22, 1904 – July 21, 1954)
The son of George H. and Hildegard Benson, Benjamin was native to Chicago, Illinois. Before moving to Indiana, Swenson managed the Windermore East Hotel in Chicago. From there he moved, with his wife, Helen Aldrich Swenson, migrated to Porter County, Indiana where Ben managed Dunes State Park. Helen painted a map of the Beverly Shores region in 1936. He became the manager of Potawatami Inn at Pokagon State Park in 1937. In 1951 Ben and Helen purchased a piece of nearby propery and established the Wing Haven Resort. After Ben’s death in 1954, Helen managed the property until 1983. Ben is interred at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Helen Mowry Aldrich Swenson (August 17, 1906 – April 8, 1983)
The daughter of Cassius Mowry and Blanche Edith Pierce Aldrich, Helen was native to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Helen attended the Art Institute of Chicago, after which she worked as a commercial artist in Chicago, Illinois. She mainly illustrated children’s books and designed greeting cards for the Art Institute of Chicago. She met, and married Ben Swenson in 1933. When Ben moved to Indiana to manage Indiana Dunes State Park she painted a map of the Beverly Shores area. She and Ben took over management of the Pokagon State Park Inn in 1936. While there she painted the 1937 Pokagon State Park map. When she and Ben purchased and established Wing Haven Resort in 1951 she named each of the 12 cabins after birds and decorated them, theming them to match each bird. She also sold her paintings at the resort. After Ben’s death she continued to manage the resort until she sold it in 1972. After her death she was interred in East Hickory Corners Cemetery, Hickory Corners, Barry County, Michigan.
Helen Swenson sold the property to a Fort Wayne church in 1972. The church named it Camp Calvary and operated it as a church camp, adding more facilities, as needed. Later on the name was changed to Oakhill Resort and Conference Center. ACRES Land Trust acquired part of the property in 2007 and assisted the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in purchasing the rest.
From the website:
ACRES Land Trust is a member-based nonprofit protecting land and preserving natural areas for good. Together with our members, we serve families and communities in northeast Indiana, southern Michigan and northwest Ohio:
ACRES Land Trust
1802 Chapman Rd,
Huntertown, IN 46748