8 Parks near Bluffton, Indiana
Aug 2016 - $55.00
This KOA has very few trees, so good satellite reception, but hot as blazes in the afternoon. There appear to be several full timers along the south edge of the campground. The Saturday and Sunday I was there the park was about 1/2 full. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. Nice in a pinch, but I would not go out of my way to return here. No cable. Excellent Verizon and AT&T coverage. - RVStudent
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Nice park, off the beaten path. Lots are spacious with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface was gravel and featured a picnic table.
My Garmin RV 760 doesn't know where the park entrance is. Led me into a residential area with no turnaround. Not the park's fault! - 5th Wheel Cal
Aug 2016 - $33.00
This park has potential but needs some work. Wifi was good. The sites and road both need fresh gravel. Bathhouse very clean but showers lack pressure (unless you like scalding water). Picnic tables need replacing. Staff (the one we saw) pleasant and accommodating, however more staff is required to ensure rules are followed (unattended dogs and fires, general site messiness, etc.) Bluffton is a small, quiet town. I would probably stay at the nearby state park instead of this KOA. - MSSW
Jul 2015 - $24.00
A very nice state park that happened to be on our cross country route. We stayed in the B loop, as the most helpful ranger we've ever had anywhere understood that we were seeking peace and quiet after the crazy Fourth of July weekend. She placed us in the nicest spot in that gravel-sited loop (#90)--fairly level and very large. The other loop has asphalt sites, which would be useful during heavy rain periods. (This park has a tendency to flood.) Because we were there during bad weather, we weren't able to avail ourselves of the swimming or boat/bike rentals, but those are nice amenities to have. Close to Bluffton for provisioning. - JCLC
Aug 2012 - $25.00
We enjoyed a long weekend at Ouabache. There had been some heavy rain lately and several of the sites had standing water or thick mud so chose carefully. That being said the campground was nice and restrooms cleaned daily. Lots of park activities including bison habitat and pool. There is an admission fee for the pool, but it has a fun water slide and diving boards. - The Flying Dutchman
Aug 2012 - $29.00
We stayed 3 nights at this campground on our latest trip and have stayed here once a year for the last 3 years. Overall of park is nice with the major drawbacks being the showerhouses. Campground patrolled very often by DNR and Sheriff. There were severe storms one night we stayed, and the DNR alerted all campers with the designated alarm (honking horn on truck as they drove through the campground per the posted guidelines at the shower house). They then went from site to site to verbally alert all occupants. The shower house was functional but the showers had a lot a mold and mildew on the walls, shower curtain and floor. The floor throughout the building looked like it had not been scrubbed in quite a while. They closed the bathrooms at 8 a.m. each morning (busiest time of the day) for about an hour for "cleaning" which seemed really just for restocking supplies. It costs $7 for an out-of-state car to enter the park in addition to the camping fees. The pool is nice but is an additional $2 per person. You are not permitted to take in any pool toys or flotation devices including arm floaties or swim vests. They now offer for sale large bundles of wood for $5 each at the campground. Ice is available for purchase at the campground entrance. New this year located at the swimming pool, is a camp store with limited supplies. The trails are nice and the kids enjoy seeing the bison. Most sites have a lot of shade by large trees. Campground A is paved but B has stone drives and pads. Sites are large and the playground in Area A is nice and centrally located. - tbga21
Sep 2014 - $15.00
We chose Kil-so-Qua only because of the close proximity to our son's home. Perfect for short visits, primitive sites for tents and back-ins, some of which accommodate our 38' RV. Some 50 amp, but no water or sewer. There is a dump station in the park down by the reservoir. No reservations allowed, it is the honor system using an envelope provided. We have been happy overall with the sites we have chosen, some are more level than others. Outdoor johns, really nasty and no shower facilities. - User3722
Aug 2013 - $15.00
This is a nice COE park. Sites are large and spread out. Even got some TV channels. Very quiet and nice and dark at night. Will stay here again when in the area. - maineman
Oct 2012 - $10.00
Kil-So-Qua is situated on the J.E. Roush reservoir property. In the last year it was moved from the DNR State Park system to the DNR Fish and Wildlife system which removed many of its services. The beach is now closed and bike trails are no longer in use. The primary use for the property is now for hunting and fishing. The state no longer allows reservations for this property as well so all sites are on a first come-first served basis. That being said this is a very nice campground. The only toilets available are pit toilets which are clean and there are no bathhouses. There are several areas to fill water tanks in the campground as well as by the dump station which is near the boat ramp. Be aware that the four pull through sites are not electric and the primitive area is very difficult if not impossible for a big rig to maneuver. The non-electric cost is eight dollars per night and all payments are on a honor system. This recreation area is just off of US 224 about four miles from Interstate 69. It is a nice weekend getaway or a great overnight while traveling. If it had a bathhouse I would have rated this a 9 or a 10. - Dewey Smith
Jul 2015 - $27.00
This park caters to seasonal campers and even more in the future with additional sites going into a seasonal pool. About 20 sites will be available for over-nighters once the change is made. The area we have been assigned our last 2 visits can be muddy when wet, this area is where those 20 sites is located. The park has good power and water, but only 1 dump station area with two drains for the entire park. Many kids were present during our visit and running through sites. Even though there are negatives, we would, return since this is the only place in the area for Rvs. The rate reflects 1 night at Passport America and two nights at the normal weekend rate. - Teacher's Pet
Aug 2014 - $16.00
We found this park from our Passport America book after deciding to take the back roads and not the freeways south. What a great find! Gracious hosts checked us in, told of us the sights to see in the quaint Swiss town of Berne. We settled on site 221, a full hookup site with 50 amp electric. Quite a large back-in site and very well cared for grass “carpet” adorning the area we were in. We overlooked corn fields, soon to be harvested. Behind us in a fairly large area were “seasonals”, mostly 5th wheels, trailers and motorhomes; did not see many “permanents”. We were surprised at how large the campground was. We happened to be here when the annual “small engine festival” was being held in the town of Portland, 12 miles south. The town of Berne is rich in Swiss history, and in the heart of Amish and Mennonite homesteads. We enjoyed driving through the countryside seeing the typical well-kept farms they are famous for. And, of course, the roadside vegetable stands. Downtown Berne has a very large Mennonite church just across the street from Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower. The square--a city block--has a unique Glockenspiel, a fountain playground for children, and soon to be finished and dedicated band shell. We were not in town to witness the Glockenspiel play, complete with costumed figures characters dancing. We plan on staying here next year on our trip north. - gatordan
Jul 2014 - $31.00
This campground has many seasonal campers, but it also has a very nice area for overnight campers. It is a very well maintained campground with easy access inside the property. However, the trip down the county roads to get to it can be unnerving for a big rig, with hills and Amish Buggies. - Teacher's Pet
Sep 2015 - $33.00
Review is based on one overnight stay. CTL has many things available that may make your stay deserve a higher rating. Pull through site W/E/S, which all worked well. Dirt/gravel site was not level and barely long enough for 28' motorhome and toad. Be prepared to travel some county roads as this is off the beaten path. Strong WiFi signal, but "internet is down" and apparently has been since 2014. (Looking at the brochure, WiFi is NOT mentioned.) CTL actually seems like a nice place for longer term/seasonal campers. I am giving it a lower rating based on an overnight stay. - BounderPounder
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Country setting, mostly local families with children. Lots of seasonal campers. Gravel roads and uneven sites. We had a pretty good back-in with a soybean field behind us. OK area for the dogs but lots of mosquitos down near the water. They didn't bother us too much where we were parked. This was just a pass through stop for a few nights while traveling. We did enjoy a few rounds of golf in the area. Wi-Fi and hook ups were fine. - gardener
Mar 2015 - $15.00
We stayed here twice during the winter season in the full-hookup pull through sites. Water during the winter is located below ground (to prevent freezing) and is a bit of a reach. The campground was very quiet and was empty except one other unit and a number of long-term residents. The office was closed most of the time, although our interactions with staff were all very positive.
No issues with our 90 lb. dog (lab-mix), although they did take a look at him.
Both sites we were in were not level (front-to-back or side-to-side), but with the campground largely empty, we enjoyed great views of the lake from our fifth-wheel.
In addition to long-term residents (most of whom were located away from us), there are many seasonal trailers. I imagine Camp Timber Lake would be quite busy on summer weekends.
Although we were only passing through and we had cold weather, we liked the location so much that we changed our plans and stopped here again on our way back home. - Annie and Beast
May 2013 - $14.00
We had a group of 12 campers here for 4 days. The owners bent over backwards for us. We had the use of a room for our games and potluck. We will return again next year. They have a lot going on for the weekend. We had no trouble using the dump with a 34 ft FW. - ronstan
Jul 2010 - $24.00
This was a funky little cg on the outskirts of Hartford City. GPS took us on a rather convoluted, circuitous route to get there, easier to just drive into Hartford City and turn left. The park has a lot of permanents and two small lakes. The dump site was totally inaccessible to us in our 33' rig and there were no sewer hookups at our site, so we left without dumping (we only stayed one night). Our site was a pull thru, at the end of a 'row', but there were several overgrown trees lining the site, which made it difficult to pull into. We would not return to this campground. It was OK for an over nighter. - shovelguy
Aug 2005 - $21.00
Very nice place to camp, we stayed for 3 nights in site #55 which is right by one of the "lakes" which has a small island with two big weeping willow trees in the middle of it with a pretty bridge you can walk across to get to. It was so pretty. My husband caught several decent sized catfish while fishing in the lake. They also have another small pond with a swimming beach, mini-golf, live country music, church service, etc. I rated this an 8, since I do feel that it needs a few updates, like adding an additional modern restroom/shower house, and possibly a pool, otherwise I would give it a 10! The owners are so nice, and the guests were also very friendly. It is out in the middle of the country, north of Hartford City. So peaceful and quiet, we will definitely return! - tonya418n12
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Salamonie is our home away. This CG has been a favorite of ours for years. Close to home yet far enough to be away. We love that the CG is so spread out. There are a lot of water views and several that you can watch the boats come and go from Pirates Cove Marina.
I only gave 3 stars for value because of the online booking site now charges a fee to use their service after many years of not.
As far as the restroom cleanliness I don't feel that there isn't enough attention paid to the restrooms and showers by the staff. As busy as this CG is, it's essential that staff pay more attention to these areas especially since there are no full hook-up sites. Of course if there were more staff presence near the restrooms then the hooligans might stop their hooliganism. - KaraShively
Jul 2014 - $26.00
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. - fastalker64
Aug 2012 - $26.00
Since this park is close to home we have camped here many times for a weekend get away. The park is ran by the Indiana DNR but the lake is controlled by the Corps of Engineers. The upside to this park is that there are many very nice campsites. The downside is that there are some very poor sites that are very small, crowded or unlevel. It helps to know the campground if making reservations. The weekends are generally full but the weekdays are not so potentially a good site is open and a little driving around could help find one. The drought took its toll this year and the lake is too low to allow swimming. Fishing can be erratic since it is a flood control reservoir and lake levels can fluctuate considerably. However, finding a site like in the 200 area (except 201) or the 188 area can be rewarding. Fifty amp is offered in a few select sites and there is no other hookups, but the DNR did add another dump station. There is a general fee to get into the park above the camping fee so be aware. Given the fact that we know the park it is still one of our favorite places to camp and of course we will camp here again. - Dewey Smith
Jun 2015 - $32.00
Road going into the park is very narrow with low branches (almost lost an antenna). The site was gravel/dirt/grass and somewhat unleveled. A lot of residents with old equipment. No sewer hookups on the pull-throughs. We will avoid this place in the future. - Michael47
Sep 2012 - $27.00
This is primarily a seasonal campground. They do provide over night spaces. Nice setting next to a small lake and across from a golf course. Showers were clean but dated and shower heads seemed to be clogged up due to bad water. Staff very friendly and helpful. Did not try Wi-Fi but was told it would only work next to office. - Tom Ponder
Sep 2011 - $1.00
This is a typical campground (as opposed to an RV park). There are very few if any level sites in this park. - JTD2