Fox Lake Resort

This African American resort community in northeastern Indiana was developed in 1924 when a group of Indiana businessmen decided to market the area exclusively to black families. Segregation abounded and African American families were not permitted in other lake resorts. It was the only such resort in Indiana at the time. Most of the buildings were single family cottages but there was also a small hotel, a restaurant, a clubhouse/dance hall, a beach with bathhouse and pier, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and basketball hoops. Famous entertainers and athletes like Duke Ellington and Joe Lewis stayed there. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.


Fox Lake Resort

Fox Lake Resort

Source: Courtesy of Indiana DNR View File Details Page

Street Address:

Fox Lake, Pleasant Township, IN 46703 [map]

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, “Fox Lake Resort,” Discover Indiana, accessed September 21, 2018,
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