7 Parks near Chesterton, Indiana
Aug 2015 - $37.00
Indiana Dunes State Park was full so I ended up staying here. I was under a tree and the site was fairly level. The owner said the hiking trails were closed due to limbs being down & the pool was closed because of recent treatment with chemicals. I didn't use the facilities because I was alone and a little spooked by the obviously lived-in trailers that were very unkempt. Not all of them were that way, but at least three were a mess. It's obvious they're trying because they've built new cabins and new bath houses, but why put your money into that if you're going to leave all the construction rubble behind? The owner told me to look for my own site and if the electric box says OK, it works. Well, I looked and there were no signs anywhere. Fortunately, a worker came around and he tested it for me. Sure enough, dead. So, he tested another and that one was fine. There's a playground for the kids and a pool but it wasn't open. All in all I wouldn't say it was a bad visit but I sure didn't want to stay another day or night. I wouldn't recommend it. - Givmeabr8k
Jul 2012 - $35.00
Stopped here for a night. It is about 3 miles off the interstate driving through a neighborhood and cornfields. The turn into the campground is a bit tight for a big rig. The sign is old and advertised a religious camp. The office is sparse, only a desk and a few things for sale. The person in the office was Asian and did not speak much English. He did not ask how big our rig was, just said he had water and electric available. We told him we were over 40ft with our tow vehicle so he gave us a grass site with water and electric. The site was only 20 amp so we asked for another which was 30amp. The electric quit working after about an hour and the office was closed, so we had no power which was hard on our dog. The restrooms were ok. We would not stay here again. - mohocamper
Jun 2012 - $35.00
This campground is much improved this year. Totally new rest rooms and showers that are very nice. They are tiled. They just needed to be cleaned more often. A new pool was under construction not sure when it will it will be done so call first if this is important. Very roomy sites with some shade. I would stay here again. - Iowaonegalippe
Jul 2016 - $22.00
We have camped here every year for almost 20 years and always have a great time. Nice large sites, we'll maintained. Easy walk, bike ride or drive to the beach. Great hiking trails. Nature center always worth a stop. Very busy during summer, always full, so make reservations early on their website, 6 months out. Probably would rate a 10 but no water or sewer hook-ups, which is kind of a hassle. Other than that this is a great state park to spend a week or two. - lc47
Jul 2016 - $23.00
We were very pleased that the park had a vacancy or a relatively short notice trip. The park was nice, with plenty of space and nice, flat, concrete pads. If you want to stay outdoors while camping, this state park is very good, with a couple of play areas for young ones, some good hiking trails (the three dune challenge was a good hike on it's own), and very close proximity to the beach, even though the water was quite chilly!
If you like any of your indoor amenities, you will be lacking a bit. We were unable to acquire any TV channels, and there was no WiFi. For us, this really wasn't a problem, we enjoyed being outdoors.
The shower house was mostly clean, but there was some standing water, so be sure to bring shower shoes. The toilets were kept clean with no issues that I experienced.
My only real complaint was that there were no markers to help you back into the park. There was some construction being done on the roads, and they closed traffic on the main entrance into the park. We spent nearly 45 minutes looking for access back to the campsite, and had to call the DNR for directions. This may not be the fault of the State Park, but some signs or a heads up would have been helpful.
Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay here, and we would stay again should we be in the area! - joshnichols84
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Sites are spaced out but the weekend was crowded. There was no water at the site, water spigot didn't take a hose nib so there was no way to fill.
The walk to the Dunes was terrific and the old art deco building at the beach was pretty.
We would stay again, just be better prepared. - Jlcamper
Jun 2016 - $9.00
NPS campground with hot showers. A real bonus for dry camping. Sites perfect for our 27 ft mh. Level, not sure big rigs would fit. Great shade on a hot day. 1.5 miles to Lake Michigan, good bike ride. - USA16RVer
Jun 2015 - $18.00
Okay if you want dry camping this is your campground. No hook-ups. There are only a few sites that can accomodate a large rig. 40' would be about the longest you could do. We have a 38' with a tow. Our site was nice and well spaced out. Bugs were bad. We stayed over the weekend and everal families brought barking dogs. Camp security was there and did kick some people out for noise, drinking, etc. Our stay was good and we enjoyed trying out our solar and being self-contained for awhile. - RVing Along
Jun 2012 - $15.00
This is a Indiana Dunes National Park campground, just east of Dunes State Park. Not on the beach, but all of them are only a short drive. Large, private, shady sites, 53 drive-in, all paved with some pull-throughs. 25 tent sites. Picnic tables and fire rings. Dry camping at its best. Restrooms, hot showers, camp sinks with hot water. Dump station and fresh water available. Open late April to late October. Our third time here. Only drawback is moderate train/traffic noise. We love it! Located on US Highway 12 and Broadway in Beverly Shores, IN. - catsinacan23FB
Jul 2016 - $18.00
This is a mobile home park. It has paved roads, concrete level spaces, concrete pad, no picnic table or fire ring. Very quiet and the staff is the most helpful of any place we have been. A lot of run down mobile homes, but the people living there are very respectful. Our 3rd year there and we will visit again. The rate was a weekly one with additional electric included. There is a train close by, but it is not very noticible. - esta34950
Jun 2016 - $18.00
Our rate of $104.00 plus metered electric of $25.00 was based on a their weekly rate for a total weekly cost of $129.00.
This is an older well shaded mobile home park, that is reasonably well kept, and was safe and secure for us.They have several sites set aside for RV sites mixed in with existing mobile homes. We have been there twice now, and have enjoyed our stay, with all neighbors being very friendly.
This is probably the best location for access to Chicago, as the South Shore Ogden Dunes station is just 3 miles away. Cost to downtown Chicago is $8.00 each way, and 1 hour 10 minutes train time, and very inexpensive.
We have a small dog, and the office assisted us finding a pet sitter while we traveled to Chicago all day.
This is a nice safe place to stay while in the Chicago area. We drove through Jellystone Park, just down the road, and kept on driving, overjoyed to find this unknown secret! - AlaskaJack
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Simple overnight stay. Arrived late but evening superintendent waited for us and took us directly to a reasonable site. Offered to help with hook-ups etc. They only have 50A service and he offered to get an adapter but I said I could just use the 110 as I didn't want to dig out my adapter. Just wanted to get to bed. Site was level on concrete pad. Would not be my first choice in the area but my normal "Quick Nite stay" in La Porte was full. Would stay again if just needed place to stay.
Would suggest that large trailers or Class=A motorhomes not stay as streets were narrow. It was OK for out 25' Class-C.
Might be reasonable if you were going to Chicago and could take Metro from Gary station 7 mi away. - Tireman9
Aug 2016 - $44.00
We stayed overnight at this campground while driving through Indiana. We stayed on a Saturday night and it was quite busy. There seemed to be people, cars, and campers everywhere. The pull-thru was fine for the night, but too close in proximity for longer than that. They have other sites that are more spacious. This is not a quiet get-away type of place. It is more suitable for hanging out with friends and letting the kids play. - threeunderfour
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Almost full of seasonal campers. Front loop where we stayed mostly under water due to heavy rain when we arrived though most of it did go down when the rain stopped.
Campers staying only 1 or 2 nights are not a priority, squeezed in between seasonal spots and most likely will not get the site you are expecting. This happened to another guest as well. Both of us received "oh well" attitudes with no apology from staff.
Not a well kept campground.
Family of 4 with dog stayed one night. I think its the only full hook up campground in the area. Would not stay here again if avoidable. - amyjohomemaker
Jul 2015 - $43.00
This has to be one of the worst compound we have been at. The bath house was a real dump, sinks out of order, showers didn't work and the ones that did just barely. The staff not too friendly. The site they gave us barely fit my 23 foot travel trailer. Don't waste your money on this place!! - snoopy216
Sep 2015 - $29.00
The place is huge. Has pool, lake, tennis, everything. I'm sure it's a happening place in summer but very poorly maintained. Big potholes in the very bad travel roads. Mostly occupied by seasonal and permanent residents that have old decrepit RVs and misc structures. The only WiFi is at the main office. Grass is overgrown and our site was loaded with dog poop. But there is a big field where we threw a ball for the dogs. - User2989
Aug 2015 - $48.00
We stayed here for my son to have a good time at a campground designed for kids. Unfortunately, mini golf closed at 6:30. Which I understand, however, the pool was for 21 and up, and the main station smelled like a bar. - slinke
Jul 2015 - $38.00
Very run down. This mighta been a great place 35 years ago but it's obvious nothing has been reinvested in it. Way to many long-termers with all the junk that they accumulate if allowed to. Way to many old RVs that should be in the junk yard by now. The trailer next to me has a red tag hanging on the door. Streets are badly neglected. Jellystone Inc should pull any affiliation from this place. Surprised they haven't. We are here at the height of vacation season and took what was available. Otherwise we wouldn't have considered it. They charged $16.00 for electric and $16.00 for service for a four night stay on top of the $38. I requested a sat TV friendly site ahead of time and they accommodated me with that. - wazafarmer
Sep 2014 - $19.00
Basic parking space with hook-up for overnight. No frills but nice low price. This is 2nd stay here and would stay again. - Tireman9
Aug 2012 - $20.00
Very good value with Passport America. This is our second stay here. Makes a good base for seeing the area. Michigan City is a short drive away and the Indiana Dunes NL are a bit further. We had a 30 FHU on a slab not quite large enough for us. Very good TV reception with bat-wing and Verizon broadband connected at 4G. - Bob and Inga
Jun 2012 - $30.00
Stayed here as an overnight, we did not unhook from the truck as this was simply a pitstop. I would not recommend this campground as anything else. There are hookups and not much else, but it is convenient as it's right off of the highway. If noise is an issue for you, this park is not for you. We had our air on, so it did not bother us. The dog in the previous posts is a bit of a pest, even for dog lovers. He jumped up on me right away, and follow us to the site. As I travel with two large dogs, this was an issue. I could not let them out until I chased him away. Very basic, convenient, no frills park. We would stay again, for a quick in and out overnight only. - dustwanderlust