Iron Horse Festival

Welcome to the Iron Horse Festival hiker page.  Here is all the information that you should need to have an enjoyable experience for our event at Potato Creek State Park.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Iron Horse Festival featuring the following events:

     30th Annual Iron Horse Hike
     19th Annual Cub Fun Day at the Iron Horse
     13th Annual Bike the Horse!
     62nd Annual Jamboree on the Air
     Plus - Explore the Park's own Prairie Maze

Held at beautiful
Potato Creek State Park
25601 St Rd 4
North Liberty, IN 46554

About the Iron Horse
The Iron Horse Hike is hosted by the Sakima Lodge Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow is the Boy Scouts of America national honor society.

The Hike began in 1990 as an opportunity for scouts to come together for a day and hike a trail. It has grown from several hundred hikers that year to almost 4000 a few years ago. Last year we had over 1300 registered participants. Wow! We are now the largest single-day scouting event in the state of Indiana. It has grown to include not just Scouts, but also family and friends. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a friend! Bring your family!

New for 2019:

     GaGa Pit

     LaSalle Council 100th Anniversary Celebration events

Download the one page flyer

Download the map

Iron Horse Schedule

 Friday, October 18, 2019
 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Advanced Registration - Family Campground, Site 269
 Saturday, October 19, 2019
 9:00 am - noon  Registration at the Beach House
 10:00 am  Opening Ceremony and Centennial Photo
 noon - 2:00 pm  Registration at the Orchard Shores picnic area, OA Trading Post
 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Iron Horse Trail Iron Horse Trail

 Jamboree on the Air at the Orchard Shelter West

 Bike the Iron Horse - Bring your own Bicycle

 Inflatable Obstacle Course

 Council Activities Midway

 10:00 am - 2:00 pm  Cub Fun Area at the Orchard Shelter East
 10:00 am - 3:00 pm  Iron Horse Cafe (Food) at the Orchard Shelter West













Note: Potato Creek is in the Eastern Time Zone. All times are Eastern Time (Council Office Time).

Sign Up for the Iron Horse Festival
To make it easy for last-minute "Who's going and Who's not", no pre-registration is necessary or available for the Iron Horse Hike. Just show up 'cause we're ready. Fill out the registration form when you get there. For a unit needs the registration form ahead of time,  download the registration form.

Friday Night Sign Up, 7pm-9pm Eastern Time at Family Campground.
Saturday Sign Up, 9am-noon Eastern Time at the Potato Creek Beach House (follow signs in the park).

Saturday Sign Up, noon-2pm Eastern Time at Orchard Sores picnic area, OA Trading Post

The registration fee is $5 per person. This includes the Iron Horse Hike, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Cub Fun Area, Jamboree on the Air, the Iron Horse Bike Hike, Council activities midway, a trail map, the Potato Creek Prairie Maze, the official Iron Horse Festival Patch (patches are available for the first 1500 paid participants), and lots of fun with family and friends.

Note: The registration fee does not include the park entry fee, camping fees, or food. The entry fee to Indiana state parks is $7 per in-state car and $9 per out-of-state car. Please pass this information on. Car-pooling will help reduce a Troop or Pack’s expense of getting Scouts, family and friends to the Iron Horse. 

Parents, if just dropping off your Scout(s), the park has a reduced entry fee of $2.  Be sure to let them know you are just dropping off to receive this fee.

Paying your Fee for the Iron Horse Festival
You have the option to pay at the park with cash, credit card or check (made payable to LaSalle Council, BSA). Paying at the park gives you the most flexibility. No guesswork on who is going to attend or who have already paid online as your group is standing next to you at the park.

Note: park entrance fees and camping fee are paid to the park and cannot be combined with your hike registration fees.

The Iron Horse Hike
This is what started it all. Hike either the 1 mile with Railroad Trivia, 2 mile or 10 mile trails.

Jamboree on the Air
JOTA is held at the same time as the Iron Horse Hike. JOTA? That stands for Jamboree on the Air. Ham radio operators and Scouts from across the globe will be talking to each other. We will have several ham radio operators on hand so Scouts at the Iron Horse can talk to Scouts across the world! Wow! Patches for JOTA will be available the official Iron Horse Tradin' Post. If you are a "Ham" bring your HT and find us at K2BSA9 on 146.56.

Bike the Iron Horse
Bike the Horse? Need a challenge? How about cycling the Iron Horse. Bike with your patrol or den on the Potato Creek Bike Trails. So bring your bikes to the park and CYCLE!!!

Cub Fun Area
The Cub Fun Area begins its 19th year at the Horse. Arts & Crafts, Pumpkin Bowling, Marshmellow Roasting and other activities are planned. Come, See It and have Fun at Orchard Shelter East!

Iron Horse Patches, Iron Horse T-shirts and other Memorabilia at the Trading Post
The Iron Horse Trading Post will once again be open with special patches and "stuff". The official Iron Horse Patch is always about trains. The full train includes the engine, three cars, and a caboose which are part of a special jacket patch that is available in limited quantities. Sakima Lodge accepts cash or checks for memorabilia. No Credit Cards. No Debit Cards. Memorabilia is only available during the Festival. It is not available before or after the event.

We also have Iron Horse Festival hiking staff medallions @ $6 and Iron Horse Festival t-shirts, youth and adult sizes, $8+ (Images below)

Iron Horse Cafe - FOOD at the Iron Horse
Great Food is available at the Iron Horse for very reasonable prices at the Iron Horse Café at Orchard Shelter West. Why gather and lug all that cooking equipment and food to the park. Relax and enjoy the park. Let us do the cooking for you. Sakima Lodge accepts cash or checks at the diner. No Credit Cards, No Debit Cards, Members of Sakima Lodge will be serving the following menu:

Please note that this is a preliminary menu, we are still working on the offerings and the prices!   

 Hamburger/cheeseburger  $2.00 
 Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich  $2.50
 Brat  $2.00
 Hot Dog  $1.50
 Candy and other munchies  $0.75
 Chips  $0.50
 Soft Drinks  $1.00
 Bottled water  $0.50
 Hot drinks (coffee & hot chocolate)  $0.50









First Aid at the Iron Horse

Aid should be rendered and documented within the Pack or Troop. If additional First Aid is required, you should call Potato Creek State Park on your cell phone at 574-656-8186 –OR–  find a Park Employee. They will have radios to call for help. If you can not reach the park - The Iron Horse committee will also have a First Aid Officer at the Beach House from 8am to noon, and then at the Orchard Shores area noon to 4pm. Be Safe at the Horse!!!

Camping - the Iron Horse

Camping for the Iron Horse can be at Potato Creek State Park or Rice Woods.

Camping at Potato Creek State Park

There are (4) areas to camp at Potato Creek State Park:
1. Youth Tent Area ($2.14 per person) - Reserved using the Indiana DNR reservation system. 

2. Family Campground - Circles A, B, C, D1 and D2 ($32.10 per site per night) - Reserved using the Indiana DNR reservation system. Note: The park fills up fast in the fall, so reserve early for these areas.

3. Family Campground - Circle E, exclusively for Cub Scout and Boy Scout units in tents, not for individual Scout families or camping trailers. ($32.10 per site per night)

4. Family Cabins - Reserved using the Indiana DNR reservation system. 

Youth Tent Area, Family Campground Circles A thru D2 or the Family Cabins
To make advanced camping reservations in these areas - go to the Indiana DNR Camping Reservation Website or call the Indiana DNR at 866-622-6746. Do not call LaSalle Council or Potato Creek State Park. Camping Reservations for all state properties are handled exclusively by the Indiana DNR.

Family Campground Circle E
Circle E is exclusively for Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops camping in tents only. One (1) trailer per campsite, no single-family camping, 10-12 people per site. The park charges $32.10 per SITE per night. For this event, the park will allow 4-8 tents per site (normally only 2 allowed). Individual Scout families or units with campers should camp in other areas of the park. There are no online or phone reservations with the DNR available for Circle E either before or during the Iron Horse Festival. Sites in Circle E become available for rental the morning of Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at the Family Campground Office only. The Campground office opens at 7:00 am Eastern Time. Sites are available on a first-come, first pick basis. The campground office is not set up to take phone reservations. There is plenty of room in Circle E. Cash, credit/debit cards are preferred.

Camp at Rice Woods
To make a camping reservation at Camp Rice Woods, contact the LaSalle Council Service Center at 574-289-0337.

Lost and Found
Any Scout-related items found at the park should be brought to the Trading Post in the parking lot of the Orchard Shelters. Items can be claimed there. Any items left over will be sent to the LaSalle Council Service Center. Call (574) 289-0337.

For More Information
See contacts below:

File Name Description
2019 Iron Horse One Page Flyer Iron Horse Festival Single page flyer for units to pass out to members Download
Iron Horse Unit Registration Form (Excel) Iron Horse registration form in MS Excel - can be used to fill out prior to arrival at the park Download
Iron Horse Unit Registration Form PDF Iron Horse registration form in PDF format - can be used to fill out prior to arrival at the park Download
Potato Creek Electric Map Potato Creek State Park camp site s map Download
Potato Creek Trail Map Potato Creek State Park trail map Download
Potato Creek Youth Campground Map Potato Creek State Park youth campground map Download
Position Name Telephone
Sakima Lodge Adviser Timothy Monaghan (574) 298-1239 Email
Westside District Director Chad M. Schnitzler (574) 289-0523 x311 Email