Destination guide

Escape to laid-back Lake James

A favorite outdoor getaway in northeastern Indiana, Lake James offers the perfect setting for time with family, friends, or both. The chance to kayak and fish in the lake's sparkling waters attracts travelers from far and wide but they soon find that this beautiful part of the world has a few tricks up its sleeve. From horseback riding through rolling prairie at the Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve to lazy afternoons exploring the area's wineries and Foodie Trail, there's no shortage of activities on offer. Lake James vacation rentals put all this and more on your doorstep.

Things to do

Make memories in Lake James

Away from the lake, attractions abound in the surrounding towns and cities. If you're traveling with kids, spotting bison at the Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve and riding the Zoomflume waterslides at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park are a wonderful way to make memories. Enjoying an adult-only break? Trawling for bargains at the Outlet Shoppes at Fremont followed by lunch in a quaint downtown restaurant along the Foodie Trail has the makings of a great day. Before heading back to your Lake James vacation rental, swing by the award-winning Satek Winery or catch a show at Coldwater's Tibbets Opera House.

Activities

Take life at your own pace in Lake James

When you're vacationing in Lake James, there's no better place to kick things off than the lake itself. Whether it's paddling in the shallows or grabbing your fishing gear to score a walleye, there are many ways to enjoy the water. Kayaking, boating, water skiing: it's all on the menu here. Short on equipment? Boats are readily available to hire from the various lakeside communities so there's no need to miss out. And, should your sea legs fail you, there's always the option to find your perfect spot on the sand at a lakeside beach and soak up the views instead.

Weather

Lake James is much more than a 3-season getaway

Lake James rarely find itself short of a sunny day and you can expect temperatures over the summer months of July and August to hover in the comfortable 70s. Spring and fall are a little cooler but not cold enough to prevent you from kicking back in a Lake James vacation rental. Many activities here are best enjoyed in mild or warm weather which explains why the area is known as a 3-season destination. Don't rule out winter, though. The chance to barrel down a toboggan slide and explore more than 20 miles of snowmobile trails provide plenty of incentive to wrap up warm.

Natural features

Discover the glorious landscape around Lake James

While much of a stay in Lake James is likely to be spent on the water, the surrounding landscape offers a variety of natural delights. The lake's 18-mile shoreline provides plenty of hiking routes, along which you're likely to spot wildlife ranging from deer to Sand-hill Cranes. The lakeside Pokagon State Park serves up more than 1,200 acres of nature to explore, among which you'll find the Trine State Recreation Area provides an Instagram-worthy backdrop for fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, and ice skating on Gentian Lake in the winter.

Where to stay around Lake James?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 80 vacation rentals near Lake James. From 42 Houses to 31 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake James for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake James?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake James. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pokagon State Park: 68 vacation rentals
  • Lake James Golf Club: 98 vacation rentals
  • Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve: 115 vacation rentals
  • The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont: 107 vacation rentals
  • Angola Motor Speedway: 97 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake James listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lake James?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 42 Houses in Lake James. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake James include:

  • Cabins: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 31 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 31 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Caravans and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Lake James?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 67 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Lake James. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.