Well Steuben County, Indiana located in the northeast corner of the state is just chucked full of glacier made lakes and connecting creeks. I find that "Marsh Lake" is a great quite place to start your trip. There is a connecting creek that runs through a breathtaking marsh. The best time to be in there is early morning when the birds are leaving their roosts. You can then go east for approx 3 over about 5 more lakes till you end up in the three lake basins of Lake James. This is a great relaxing easy trip for the novice and of bird watcher.
The fishing is also very good for 10-14 inch bluegill. These shellcrackers are a blast with a flyrod.
Lodging and food in Angola or State Pake Inn, or camping.
Kayak shop on US 20 north of Angola.
From downtown Angola, IN go north on Rt 27 out of town for approx 3 miles. You will come to I-69 Pokagan State Pake Exit. Continue north on 2 lane for approx 1 mile large radio tower. Turn east, "right" on county road and go 1/4 mile to public access road and boat launch.