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Chesterton, Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana



State Park Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Phone: (219) 926-1952

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $40 7/2016

Latitude: 41.6560723463169
Longitude: -87.062680721283

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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, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • 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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56 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

get a map if you walk to the dunes - the signage is poor to non existant

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Review Count: 275
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

In addition to the stated camping fee, there is a $12 entry fee, for non-residents, that you pay as you enter the Park. This one fee covers you for your entire stay. One unusual policy that they have is that on Sundays and holidays, checkout time is not until five, rather than the normal two pm checkout. We were lucky in that the departing camper in our site left at around two. We arrived before that time and the very-nice campground gate attendant directed us to a large overflow parking lot and gave us a call as soon as our site was available. There is not water at the sites, so water is obtained at one of the two water fill stations. Be aware that the pull-ins for the water fill are very narrow and it is easy to run up on the curb as you pull out. Our site was in a fairly quiet part of the park, but there are lots of family groups and kids. Site spacing is fairly good. It is not a quiet relaxing campground, but that did not bother us. We had good strong 50 amp service. Some sites are fairly open and some shady. We had a shady site and had to work hard to get a satellite signal through the trees with our portable dish. We had good strong Verizon voice and data. We only stayed three nights and wished that we had stayed for longer. You do need reservations; weekend reservations are very difficult to get without way advanced planning. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
124
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are an amazing number of things to do in the state park and the adjacent Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. There is hiking/walking along the lake, hiking on wonderful trails in the sand dunes, and biking on several trails in the parks and just outside. You can stop at the National Lakeshore visitor center on the entry road into the State Park where they have a map of the trails, as well as a map of other wonderful bike trails in the area.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Along the shores of Lake Michigan, just east of Gary, lies Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hugging 15 miles of shoreline, this National Park Service (NPS) property has a state park located in the middle which offers camping. Like most Indiana state parks, there is no water provided at the sites but fill stations are near the check-in. Campsites on the outside of the loops are shady and a bit more private. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

We spent several days hiking around the lake, dunes, and marshes. There's plenty of well-marked trails to amble, mostly easy walks. We were looking forward to Trail #2 which had a long boardwalk across an even longer marshland. But after walking for an hour we found the boardwalk, well, boarded up. It was in disrepair and quite dangerous. So we diverted to Trail #9 which climbed up steep dunes with ankle deep sand. A more strenuous hike to be sure, but worth the view at the top.

These dunes are really impressive. They're not the puny mounds of sand like those found in Florida, but large hillsides with old growth forest of black oak and beech. In the woods a variety of spring flowers were in bloom, and on the dunes thick prairie grass waved in the ever-present breeze from the lake. Way out in the distance, across Lake Michigan, you can see the skyline of Chicago.

The communities surrounding the National Park offer plenty of activities for tourists. But the weather was a bit nippy for long excursions on our motorcycle - a mid-May cold snap kept us closer to camp. We did manage a short ride to neighboring Beverly Shores, a swanky lakeside community with a NPS pavilion and beach access. We will need to return to this area to explore all it has to offer when the weather is more cooperative.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

While the campground is fine, you shouldn't make this your destination if you plan on staying at your site while here. So, why stay here? Amazing miles long beautiful beach on Lake Michigan! Nice sand, cool rocks, great people watching, and if you are lucky, you may find some beautiful pieces of sea glass. Very dog friendly beaches and trails. We did trail #10 which was listed at about 5 miles, but we took a detour and did 7+ miles. Gorgeous!! The major downfall of the park...electric at our site was very unpredictable. Our surge protector detected low voltage on one line several times over the 5 days here on both 30 and 50 amp. Sites are pretty short for 40+ rig especially with parking a tow. Our original site, 114 was right next to the road with a very narrow yard. We moved to 122 and while still on the road, the yard was much larger and apparently this area of the park is less popular, so fewer neighbors. Good Verizon signal, no satellite due to trees, but incredible OTA channel selection. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
122
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

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

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
85
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
72
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
117
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

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

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

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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