Chesterton, Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana



Chesterton, Indiana
Phone: (219) 926-1952

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $24 9/2015

Latitude: 41.6580362432887
Longitude: -87.0542907714844

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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52 Reviews

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signaloil

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $24.00
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Stayed here midweek as weekends are completely full and hard to get in. Very nice long sites 70 ft. or so. Found a site that was really level and good for satellite reception. Nice wooded area with plenty of space in between other sites. 50 amp. electrical with water located in park to fill your tank. Also a sewer dump but no other hookups. We also had to pay a $12 gate fee non resident but it was worth it to have access to beach area at Lake Michigan. NO ALCOHOL allowed in park. Must have problems with that around here. We kept our alcohol in our coach. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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RXA-ADM

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
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This campground is very busy during the summer, even during the middle of the week. During summer months a reservation is a must to get into the campground. The beach pavilion is currently undergoing renovations (2015) with a 2016 projected opening. There are new bathrooms at the beach open now. The campground has all paved sites for parking RVs and vehicles. However, except for handicap sites, the living area is not paved or graveled so it usually is sand or dirt. The bathrooms are fairly new, modern and cleaned regularly but are heavily used so at times they can be a mess. The showers are well designed and roomy. There are few sites that are 100% shady or 100% sunny; most will have some shade. Sites are well spaced. We had good TV (Chicago) and cell phone reception. Only electric sites are available, but there are two (fast) water fill stations and a two-lane dump station. Because of the popularity of the park, sometimes reentry at the park main gate can take a while as they process entrance fees for beachgoers. One should be aware of this if planning to leave the park and return during a peak arrival time. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Check out hiking the 3 Dune Challenge (3DuneChallenge.com) that goes over three of the tallest dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that surrounds the state park; a good way to start the National Lakeshore visit is the visitor center that is about 1.5 miles south of the state park entrance.

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Michael Kibler

Review Count: 121
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $21.00
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Great Park. Heavly wooded around the permeter of the CG with scattered trees in the CG. There is a $12 one time park fee in addition. Concrete pad back-in site with room to park your tow. Electric only. No wi-fi or cable and no antenna TV reception. Possible satallite reception if you have a spot without tree blockage. Spaceous sites are grassy with a picnic table and fire pit. No other amenities. Close to the train station, about 5 minutes, to take you into Chicago. About 1 1/2 hours to downtown and about 1 hour to the Museum of Science & Industry - a must see. Also minutes from the beach on Lake Micigan. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Take the train into Chicago. Walk to the beach on Lake Micigan.

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skater

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
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Indiana Dunes is a great campground very close to the lake shore. They have miles of hiking trails with some good climbs/staircases (apparently, dunes can get a LOT taller than I realized), and the beach was pretty nice. The campground has decent roads, paved spots, and a paved spot to park your vehicle at your site. The sites are situated relatively far apart and have a mix of shade and sun. We'll almost certainly stay here again if we're in the area. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Easy access to Chicago either by train (South Shore Line station is nearby) or by simply driving in, but there are tolls. We've done both. Check out the Craftsman houses at the nearby National Park, they're really interesting designs.

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2GermanAmericans

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $27.00
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This campground has 140 sites, blacktop sites, good size sites can easily handle big RV's, electric only, there are faucets to fill tank with water & there is a dump station. Did peak into the bathrooms & showers & they look fine. Lots of trees, we were able to get lots of stations on our regular antenna. There is a picnic table & fire ring at each site. There are a couple beaches right there, beaches are busy during summer & very clean. The park was very busy when we were there for 3 nights in June, you need reservations here even during the week. Rate I thought was a bit high for just electric, $23.00 a night Sunday thru Wednesday, $30.00 a night Thursday thru Saturday; plus there was the day use fee $9.00 for IN residents & $12.00 for non residents. This fee is a one time fee when you are camping. Since we were there 3 nights that made it like $4 more per night = $27.00 No matter how many night you stay you have to pay the fee. Check in & checkout in during the week is 2 on weekends 4pm. This park is only a couple miles from my sister that is why we stayed here so we could visit her otherwise we would not stay here because of cost. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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96 Rockwood

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $30.00
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Great location on Lake Michigan. Great beach and campground facilities. No alcohol policy seems to help make this one of the quietest state parks anywhere. Sites are relatively spacious, and there are lots of trees. Also lots of mosquitoes. Great park ranger programs. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Located five minutes from train station, which will take you to downtown Chicago.

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Uncle Billy

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $30.00
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Nice wide sites, very pretty. Paved roads and sites. No water at site.

Showers decent and same with toilets. Mosquito's prevalent. Not a favorite! We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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normav

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $31.00
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This was a beautiful, quiet and well maintained park. The staff was helpful and welcoming. The sites are grassy, and spacious with level concrete pads to park upon. Verizon signal was good. The restroom/shower facilities were centrally located and very clean. We would stay again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Bay Area Early retirees

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $26.00
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Rate includes entrance fee/reservation fee over 3 nights. We like this park but it is very busy in the Summer - no matter what day of the week - but what else would you expect for a CG right near the lake 40 miles from Chicago-Land. The park itself is nice and the sites are big but it is noisy as many of the sites have large family groups with 3 or 4 tents set-up on each. The restrooms/showers get dirty towards the end of the day as they only seemed to be cleaned once a day. Good hiking trails to the lake and dunes and easy access to the train into Chicago. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Fdwt994

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $24.00
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This is a very busy park during the summer. The beach is very nice with a concession stand and lifeguard protection. There are also miles of walking trails in and around the dunes. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Chicago across the lake. The nearby town of Chesterton has many stores and restaurants. There's also a train station at the entrance of the park (with freee parking) that has scheduled service to Chicago. As for the campground itself, the sites are all paved and many are long enough for large fifth wheels. The sites are electric only but there are several water spigots scattered around the park that you can fill up from if you run out. Just be sure to bring a water thief since there are no threads on those spigots. There are also two water fill stations (with threads) as you enter the campground. We were disappointed to see that many large trees have been cut down since our last visit. Perhaps the ash borer is to blame. As a result, many previously shady sites now receive a lot of sun and there's not much privacy between sites (although spacing is OK.) Since this is such a busy park, even on weekdays during the summer most sites are occupied so it has a parking lot look to it with the absence of some of the trees. If you like a social atmosphere with plenty of families, this is the place for you. If you want a more private, secluded, quiet environment, then I recommend the National campground just to the east. Although it has NO hookups, it is very pretty and in a dense forest with a modern restrooms and showers. As for this campground, the restrooms were cleaned daily (the family restroom was closed permanently which is irritating); there are two playgrounds; cell reception is good; TV reception is spotty; there is a campstore open until 9 or 10pm with the basics; sand is everywhere (you're around sand dunes after all); we never saw a Park Ranger drive through but most campers observed quiet hours beginning at 11pm. We would return because of the beach and the park is well run, it's just not the prettiest campground. With all the other families and two playgrounds, our kids had a blast. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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fleetwoodpopupfamily

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $19.00
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Nice campground with clean restrooms and shower area. Playground available for the kids and a camp store on location. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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deborahsheik

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $20.00
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Rate is for non-holiday Sun-Wed. Rates increase Thursday through the weekend. Very popular weekend destination. We were on a stopover from Florida to the west coast. Great state park and campground. Clean facilities. Would stay here again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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K&D from GV AZ

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $27.00
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This is an excellent place to view the dunes. We took trail 4 which is labeled moderate. It had many wooden steps (100+) and climbed the largest dune (fully forested) then down to the beach. There is an easy beach trail, but not well marked. Return by the beach trail or car pickup at the pavilion could avoid a round trip on trail 4. This was a good experience and we would do it again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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rcsauce

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $21.00
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Great site. Flat concrete pads for RV and car. Electric only, but water and dump station available. Nice hiking trails within the park. A short walk to the beach. Friendly people. Clean showers. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Sally Chew

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
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This is a very pretty state park. The sites are very big, level and paved and the roads are paved. There is 50 amp service, which was needed in July. No water or sewer, but there is water located around the park and there is a dump. The trees are pretty thick and we were unable to get satellite service. Even the antenna service was marginal. Very quiet park. Close to the Lake Michigan beach, which is beautiful. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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