Date of Stay: July, 2016
Focusing on just the campground, and not the beautiful Monroe Lake property, this property just gets 'average', although it borders on poor. A prior review from years ago referenced bad roads and potholes inside the campground. Well, they're still there; the roads are terrible. This campground is old and tired, but it gets packed every weekend, because of the fact that it's adjacent to the lake. You'd think Indiana would spend some of the increased camping fees to fix the aging campgrounds. Many sites have some sort of lake access or lake view, and others have only a short walk to a nice view or access. The 2-cars per site rule isn't enforced, and some people are camping in horse trailers and box trucks. Many of sites are not level, so trust the online booking when it indicates slope. Our site was listed as 'gentle' slope, but it sloped front to back AND left to right. It's also referred to as a 'gravel' site, but this site (nor any others) hasn't seen fresh gravel in years. Some RV sites looked like tent-only to me. Our AC was having a hard time keeping up after the campground filled up, due to an overloaded electric system. I'm guessing that the electrical system gets overloaded, as many of the RV sites are used by 20-amp tent campers with multiple crock pots, lights, etc. For $30 for electric-only sites, this campground isn't a great value, but daggone-it, we'll go back because we love the lake. It is sort of fun to people-watch here, as it's sort of like going to the county fair. Things quieted down pretty nice after about 10pm, though, even on Saturday night, so even though it's a zoo during the day, you can still get some rest. There is a marina on the property for boat rentals and various basics and sundries, and a little larger store at the park entrance that sells fishing gear and beer/wine/groceries.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Spent Mother's Day weekend here, as the park is close to "Mom", so she and Dad could come visit ;-) . Having grown up in this area, we remember Ceraland as a sort of 'crown jewel' of recreation areas, as it was formerly funded by, and for use by, Cummins employees and their families. It is now open to the public, and they sell annual memberships to use the pool, playgrounds, go-kart track, shelter houses, fitness center, etc. The campground is about at the level of state park standards in Indiana these days; in the fact that some sites need some gravel (and a couple could use some fill dirt, and bath houses are older but kept pretty clean. All in all, it's a pretty fair value for a full hookup site. There are a few seasonals, but they're pretty nice and well-kept. Most of the sites will require a bit of leveling, but not too bad. There is a lake, and there are lake-front sites available, but not if you have dogs. The "premium" lake-front sites are in a designated 'no pets' area. Also, the signs and literature state there's no alcohol allowed in the park, which probably cuts down on the loud, intoxicated parties, and that's OK. We just kept ours inside the RV ;-). This weekend was pretty quiet, and the park was less than half full. There is a minimal camp store on the property, and they sell essentials, including firewood, but the city of Columbus is 10 minutes away for more options.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Summit Lake Reprise We reviewed Summit Lake in 2013, and were not terribly impressed with the park facilities. Our recent visit indicated that things are looking up! The electrical problem has been remedied; campground 'A' has been completely re-wired with all new boxes and 50a service. The bathrooms are still mediocre, but they've been cleaned up, a fresh coat of paint, and other minor improvements have been made to spruce up the facilities. The showers still need better drainage and they pretty much drain into the hallway floor, but that's an engineering issue, not cleaning. DNR staff was walking through the campground on Friday and Saturday night, introducing themselves as security, and indicating they'd be on property until 4am. They were personable fellas and it was nice to know that staff was 'minding the store'. In addition, DNR vehicles regularly passed through the campground. We've noticed this trend at other state parks this year, so there might be a new directive in order from the state. The trails are easy (although described as moderate), the lake has many options for fishing from the bank, and staff shared that resurfacing the interior roads is on the horizon, as well as new gravel at the campsites, and a re-wiring of the electrical in campground 'B'. Seems like they're intent on upgrading this property. Campground A is mostly level and open, and the sites have shared, fresh water posts (two to a post). We needed 75' of hose to connect, but it's nice to have a fresh water hookup at a state park in Indiana. Campground B is more rolling, and few sites in B would accommodate more than a pop-up or tent. We are pleased with our recent visit to Summit Lake and will return.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
We were formerly hesitant to visit Raccoon Lake, as it formerly had a reputation for the 'party' park, but were were most pleasantly surprised and comfortable during our stay. There was a group of noisy adolescents across from us on a 'retreat' gathering (about six sites) that were only moderately supervised, but I blame the adults, not the DNR. They quieted down pretty well in the evening and only ran bicycles into my truck on two occasions... :-/ The restrooms and shower houses have been updated (very few of Indiana's older state parks can say the same...), the property and grounds is kept very nicely; DNR staff can be regularly seen driving through the campgrounds, cleaning the restrooms, etc. Our site was huge, on an outer loop with a copse of trees behind and beside us. Many of the sites, however, are not level and are suitable for tent camping only. The campground listed the pad at our site as 'level', but it slopes downward, front to back. Compared to many of the other sites, though, ours was more level than most. Many of the sites are pretty roomy and many are paved, but there are those on interiors of some loops that are pretty close to your neighbor. Overall, though, pretty typical state park set-up. There is a nice camping store on site (although only open during high season; they were open the weekend only during the last weekend in September), many boat ramps plus a marina with rentals. There are a couple larger stores with gas and fuel right outside the park entrance, plus a bar/restaurant that other campers stated was pretty good fare. Several nice bank fishing areas, shelter houses with lake views, and the hiking trails are great. Most trails are fairly easy to navigate, and connect well to each other. Walking to the boat ramp is a short distance from the campground, and it's only about a mile (or so) to walk to the beach area, using the trails. We will visit here again!
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Really mediocre park, in a really HUGE state park that requires you to drive everywhere (fishing, marina, pool, etc...) you want to go. The campground is large and the sites are well-spaced, but poorly maintained. We were at one of the few full hook-up sites, and the lid was broken off of the sewer connection, so that's open the whole time we're there. We camped on a Sunday and Monday (so there weren't many other campers), and staff decided to mow on Monday. Without regard to stirring up all the dust (it's been dry...), they keep mowing right on the sites that were occupied! Really? I think perhaps they should have mowed less and sprayed for bugs more. On Monday night, the clouds of gnats were so pervasive throughout the park that you couldn't walk through the campground without getting absolutely covered with gnats. Huge clouds of 'em. It was awful. Then, one evening, I ran to the camp store to get a couple little firestarters. I arrived at 4:55 (they close at 5), and met the attendant on the sidewalk who informed me that she'd already locked the door, so... I'm out of luck. She was literally 2 steps from the front door, with the keys still in her hand, and was closing 5mins early. There are only a few folks in the campground this Monday, so I'm sure she'd been busy all day and was ready to retire... We had reservations for this park on our return trip for two nights (we thought it'd be nicer), and we forfeited the money to stay someplace else. Not really convenient to the interstate, not surrounded by things to see and do, and not a great park.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Stayed here for four nights, and couldn't have been more pleased with the grounds, staff, amenities and cleanliness of the property. When we arrived, the owner drove me in a golf cart to preview our site, and when I expressed concern about the width (we have opposing side slide-outs), he checked their availability and moved us to a more accommodating site. And did so pleasantly, without making us feel like we inconvenienced them in any way. This was our first trip (been camping three+ years) in our camper for over 3 days, and we were really pleased that we chose Gettysburg Campground over the other choices. The camp store is nice, also, and sells hand-dipped ice cream, too! Everything at the property is well-kept and clean, every staff member we encountered was pleasant and helpful, there are no 'junk' seasonals on the property (junk seasonals are one of the reasons we usually avoid private-owned campgrounds...), and it's really close and convenient to downtown Gettysburg and the battlefield areas. OK, so there's only one thing, and it's one of those 'first-world problem' things: the cable signal could have used a boost, as the picture on the television was pretty fuzzy, I assume from being too widely distributed without boost. That's the only thing I can find that wasn't just spot-on. Thank you, Gettysburg Campground for an excellent experience!
Date of Stay: June, 2015
I hesitate to write a stellar review for this campground, as it might mean that more people will go there. ;-) There are only 32 sites, all with water and electric. It's a newer park (in comparison to most state parks), and the sites are so large and nice; finely crushed limestone bordered by buried landscape timbers are the base for each site. Most of them were actually excavated, and the extra dirt was used to create small mounds between some of the sites. We had THE premium site in the property, all of about 15 steps to a little, stone 'beach' area from our site, lot #21, which is huge. Every site is level, and each has a picnic table, lantern post and fire ring with cooking grate. Good and bad news- there is no OTA television, and ZERO cell signal on AT&T. Driving to the entrance to the campground you can get a slight signal. The state's web site says there is a small camp store on the property, but we were told no, that is incorrect. There is a pretty good little country store about 3 miles away that has groceries, hardware, bait, ice, gas, etc. (it's surprisingly large and well-stocked). Camp office sells firewood. Shower is the cleanest, nicest we've seen. Campground has an overnight mooring area for boats, and a public beach that you can walk to. It's a small, clean, quiet campground, on a beautiful lake. We rented a pontoon boat at the closest marina, which is a 30 minute drive (only 10 minutes from the campground across the lake, though). No fee to enter the park, as we're accustomed to in Indiana. The drive to get there is the worst part, as state roads in Kentucky are little more than most county roads in other areas. It's 45 minutes off the interstate on rolling, winding roads, but for us, it was worth the drive. We'll go back as soon as we can, but the lakefront sites are booked for months...!
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We're beginning to see a trend at the State Recreation Areas (SRAs), in that they are VERY busy in the summer and seeing lots of kids, boaters and tent campers are commonplace. There was nary a vacant site in the whole campground, and the enforcement of 2 cars per site was nil. Lots of folks with multiple cars, tents, boats, parties, etc. throughout. If you're looking for quiet seclusion, this ain't your place. However, if you're desirous of being surrounded by lots of activity, with a large beach, multiple bank fishing sites, decent size marina with boat rentals, and a fairly well-stocked camp store with groceries and essentials, you'll like Salamonie. Be wary, there are several camp sites that aren't particularly level, so trust the online booking service when they say 'moderate' or 'severe' grade; they're not kidding. Our 30' TT fit fine on lot 62, which was listed as having a slight slope. Many of the sites are full sun, but there is an area of shaded, more private sites. There are some premium, lakefront sites available, but only a few. Get 'em while they're hot- book well in advance. There are corner, pull-through sites on EVERY corner, so it makes the campground look even more full. As is the norm with most SRAs, the staff does a great job keeping the shower houses clean, but they are aging structures (old fixtures, peeling paint, etc) and are in need of remodeling. Easy access to beach and marina from campground, nice interpretive center, hiking trails and garden for viewing, OTA TV is pretty good including network channels, strong ATT 4G cellular signal. Fresh water fill station in our loop was a bit unhandy, and was essentially blocked by a campsite. The marina will deliver firewood to your campsite, and it's reasonably priced. The grounds are well-kept, the staff was friendly, and there's lots of outdoors to enjoy. We'll camp here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Our first time at Hardin Ridge, and this is one of the natural beauty parks in Indiana. Folks around here point to Brown County SP as the most scenic, but Hardin Ridge gives it a run for its money, plus Hardin Ridge has access to Lake Monroe. This park has HUGE sites, private and wooded. It's a mix of tent campers and RV campers. It's very quiet, well-maintained, park staff is friendly, trails are nice, fishing is good. We really enjoyed it. Word to the wise, though: some of the sites have a LOT of slope and aren't really motorhome or big TT friendly. Trust the descriptions on the booking site, or call. We'd give it a '10' if there was a camp store or one close by. Gotta drive about 8 miles to get to a bait shop/convenience store/gas station. Over-the-air TV is sparse, cell signal (AT&T) is good. If you've got kids, the 'playground' is the woods and water. We visited nearby Paynetown SRA, and that's where the party is: bigger beach, rental marina, camp store, louder, more packed in, etc. If you want a quiet, back-to-nature experience (but also want clean restrooms and water/electric hookup sites available) this is your spot. We've already booked our next visit.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Immaculately-maintained state park in rural southern Indiana, and one of the few that offers full hook-ups. When we were there, the main attraction (Rose Island- former historic hotel site) was closed due to renovation. The other feature of the park, the Potterstown Bridge, is a 3-mile hike with a significant grade to access. Given that trail has a 'rugged' rating in the park guide, we opted out of that sightseeing visit. There is access to the Ohio River, including an overlook platform, and a boat ramp, and picnic areas near the river. Fourteenmile Creek runs through the property, but it's 200-feet down a wooded cliff, so fishing in the creek isn't much of an option. There is no camp store on the property, so all supplies must be bought before entering the park. The campground is about 2 miles from the entrance to the park. Note to travelers: DO NOT TAKE SR160 from I65. GPS will take you that way if you're coming from the north. Unless you're pulling a small camper or pop-up, you will not want to take this road, especially in the dark (as we did...). It's a posted 'no-semis' road, and they mean it. However, the reason we give the park an '8' rating is that it is very clean, the sites are very large, and the restrooms are clean. The campground was nowhere close to being full, so it was quiet and nice to walk in the evenings. Met many nice folks, and there weren't packs of kids screaming around the roads on bicycles. Many of the sites are surrounded by woods, and filled with honeysuckle, so the aroma outside is really nice. The restrooms are clean, the staff is friendly, and the sites are spacious and nice. Oh, and the OTA television is good (all Louisville stations), and there's a strong 4G signal on ATT mobile. If we're in the area, we would camp here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Electricity is a problem. Entire side of campground A (where we were) lost power several times over the 48 hours we were there. A call to the office resulted in a park employee showing up to flip a switch, or something, within about 15 mins or so. Folks we camped next to said it's a regular problem there. Bathrooms and showers have standing water pretty much all the time, from the front door to the shower areas, which need painted badly to cover the rust from the iron water which is the most prominent color in the shower. Staff does their best, it seems, to keep the shower/bath house stocked and cleaned, but the facilities are in need of renovation. Hiking trails are just OK, but pleasant. Bought five green toothpicks that were being sold as firewood at the 'camp' store, which only sells ice and the so-called firewood. There are a couple bait/sundry/grocery stores a mile or so down the road from the park. The park property is nice; however, with a really pretty and clean lake. The beach is smaller than some other comparable state park facilities, and we had the place to ourselves on Friday at dusk. The sites in area A are very large, but some are full sun. Sites in area B are smaller, less level and more shaded (mostly pop-ups and tent campers in that area, it seems). There is a shared-post water hookup for the camp sites, but bring plenty of hose. We used all of 50ft. Lakefront sites were all booked when we reserved our site a week prior. Overall, the campground was filled with pleasant folks, fewer bike-racing children than we've seen at the other state parks this year, and more adult 'group' campers. It's probably not high on our list for return sites, but it's not out of the question.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We had a lakefront site in the electric-only area of the camp; there are no full hook up sites on the lake. This site was kind of tight for our 30' TT, and it slopes quite a bit to the lake shore. We had to use one of two picnic tables provided for one of the rear stab jacks, because the slope was too high for the jack to reach the ground with blocks. There are a few sites along the lake that have less severe slope, but most have some amount of slope. The camp was FULL of kids and families, mostly locals, and many tent campers. Walking around the camp at dusk with our dogs was a little risky, as you really watch out for kids flying on bikes. It's a very kid-friendly camp! The full hull hook up area is less noisy, fewer kids, paved sites... We might forgo the lakefront option next time for the serenity of the 'old' folks in the full hook up area! Bathrooms/showers here are some of the nicest we've seen, and kept clean. The beach shower house is very dated and is 50/60 years old and looks like it. However, the beach is large and clean and it wasn't too full, given the number of kids in the campground area. Nice walking paths, nice beach, nice showers, lakefront sites (which are rare at state parks in IN). Would have given this park a '9' or '10' had there been some warning of the tightness of our site when we booked it. You also have to get to the park via a county road, so really big rigs would be a little tight, but we saw some whopper 5th wheels at this park, so it's doable. We would recommend this park, and will go back. In fall, the colors around the lake would be pretty spectacular!
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Our first time at the Brookville Lake area. There are three state-park campgrounds around the lake and we chose Mounds SRA. The park is beautiful, the beach is very large and very clean. There are multiple areas to fish from the bank, boat rentals, and lots of trails through the park. The campground is very large, but only a one area with full hook-ups. The rest are electric only. Our site was in a high-traffic area, but the place quieted down pretty nice after about 11:30. Lots of kids and families and lots of activity through the park. Great camp store, too! We love the park and will definitely be back. The only thing that is poor is the quality/age/condition of the shower house. It's pretty well worn down and could use a remodel or a rebuild. The staff tries to clean it, but the chipping paint, old fixtures, and broken shower doors are not 'cleanable'.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This was only our second trip to a privately-owned campground. Grounds are quite nice, staff/owners friendly and facilities are ample. Restroom/shower building is older, but kept clean. Wi-Fi connection was fair, but we were on one of the farthest sites from the office (which is, I assume, where the wi-fi originates). TV reception was fair, we had 4G signal on an ATT mobile phone. We were on a level grass site, but there are other sites that are gravel. Seems that many of the overnighters (like us) will be given grass sites, although many of them are full hook-up. Several seasonal campers, and some of the seasonal sites are very nice. We only saw two junky seasonal sites, but the owner seems pretty dedicated to cleaning the place up, and it shows. Huge open field is mowed for Frisbee, dog-walking, or whatever. Nice path around the property and on their 'island' to walk the dogs and take a little nature hike, nice swimming area on the lake (closed for the season, but looked nice). We would visit this property again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This was our second trip in our new travel trailer; the first was to a private-owned campground. Different vibe at the state park, it seems, and we really liked Prophetstown SP. Sites are nice and big and well-defined, partially-shaded by cedar trees, park has paved roads, full-hook-ups, clean bathrooms, great hiking/walking paths, beautiful scenery, on-site store at the 1920's type farm also sells fresh-from-the-farm produce, eggs and meat. Kiddies can pet the horses and cows, or help with the milking and gathering the eggs at specific times. Bought some loin chops and put 'em over the fire. Man, those were tasty. Nice folks all around, no late-night partiers, everyone liked our dogs, camp host was a pleasant fella. If you stay in the electric-only sites, they're wide open with no trees or shade. Several tent campers and pop-ups in that area. Easy to get in and out of the park, shopping in Lafayette is 10 minutes away. We'll visit here again!