8.3 Good
     
Chesterton, Indiana

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: 41.656072346317
Longitude: -87.062680721283

Elevation: 602' (approximate)
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 no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • 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 yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • 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 yes
  • 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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74 Reviews

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 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: 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: 73
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 34
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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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean park with easy access for big rigs. Close to Chicago with the South Shore Line train close by. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground. Large, comfortable mostly level sites and well maintained. $10.00 entry fee charged when entering but covered by cost of campground fee(s) after the first day. Proximity of South Shore train station into Chicago very convenient (and reasonable). Couldn't drive and park there for the $7.90 fee ($3.45 for seniors 65+). The only complaint was that the staff at the camp store had several people "hanging around" the porch by the front door (appeared to be family members) and most were smoking. Pretty uncomfortable to enter and staff member wasn't the friendliest I have ever seen. Still a great place to camp. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

Another great Easter weekend camping at the Dunes. Hardly any other campers. The restrooms were clean, but not as clean as previous visits. Still nothing to complain about. Enjoyed the bird tagging on Sunday morning. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped over Halloween. There were lots of activities. Trick or Treating, campsite decorating contest, saw-whet owl tagging was the highlight. Staff did a good job keeping the restrooms clean on a very busy weekend. Showers were hot with plenty of water pressure. Nicely finished boardwalk trail to the beach is new. One of our favorite places to camp. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is perhaps the best state park we've stayed in. The pads are level concrete and the sites have ample space for even the largest rig. Facilities are clean and modern. The campground is within easy walking distance of the beach on a new boardwalk. We stayed 3 nights with our caravan and would love to have stayed longer. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

First you have to pay the park entrance fee, THEN you pay another 25 for a site. THEN when you try to use the showers, the water runs cold. It's a newish park, so what's with the shoddy upkeep? Nice setting, but also - it's at the high end of prices for electric only, no hot water. Humph! We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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