8.3 Good
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Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana


State Park Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.65607
Longitude: -87.06268

Elevation: 602' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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80 Reviews

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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.

Value
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: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

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: 42
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

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.

Value
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: 23
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

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: 26
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 17

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: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A few years ago this park was converted from a campground to an RV park. The new sites are all nearly identical and will all easily handle big rigs. There are trees but satellite TV is accessible from many sites. All sites are electric only and all are 50-amps. The showers and restrooms were excellent during our stay, but we were there during a quiet part of the year and things could be different during high volume months. The state park itself is a wonder. We have travelled a great deal and cannot think of anywhere that has more diversity of environment in such a small area. The lake side of the dunes is a nice beach while the other side is a combination forest and marsh. The trails both climb the dunes and meander through the forest. This is an especially nice stop during the early spring and late fall. They have reduced the rate on the sites and visitors are subjected to only a one-time park entry fee no matter their length of stay in the campground. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first visit to the Indiana Dunes State Park CG. It was easy to locate and the check in process went smoothly. Nice small general store with just a few essential things someone may forget to bring. Although we didn't use them, the bathroom facilities were recently renovated, so they are very nice. Nice beach access. That is the main reason to come to this park. The CG is a typical state park, with no frills. The grounds could have used a bit of sprucing up. We will return to this state park. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Campground was packed for Halloween trick or treating. Showers were nice and hot and bathrooms kept clean despite the crowds. Our second Halloween camping trip here. We'll be back next year! We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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