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Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana


State Park Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
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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: 43
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We have camped here several times and it is a favorite for all of the reasons listed by other reviewers. It accommodates even the biggest of RVs and their slides. It is not heavily forested but has lots of trees. We like our satellite internet/TV (even through the Chicago OTA stations are available). For those who'd like to get satellite TV via permanently mounted dish on the RV, I have done a site survey of those sites with a view of the Directv satellite (101). Here is the list of sites 1,2,3,7, -12,21,22,29,30,31,-32,35,36,37,-38,-40,41,58,61,-66,-67,73,75,-78, 80, 82, 97, 100, 101,-111, 121, 125 135, 136. Minus sign indicates iffy depending on dish location. If you have a ground mounted dish, other sites will also have a shot at the sky. The reservation system requires a site number selection, so this will give you the info needed before you arrive. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here for two nights during the week. Has very spacious sites with a fair amount of shade and concrete pads with well maintained picnic tables and fire pits. The sites do not have water or sewer hookups, but do have full electric. Since it was during the week the campground was only about 20% full. I understand that weekends are very crowded. There is an excellent beach and hiking areas. This is an interesting geographical area. Probably not a destination site for us but will certainly camp here again when in the area, or on our way through Northern Indiana. We had plenty of room. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Campground was totally redone in 2007. All sites are large with poured cement pads (although not all pads are level front to back) and large asphalt parking for tow vehicle. Best camp shower I have seen short of Fort Wilderness campground at Disneyworld. Great beach, good nature center with bird observation area. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We made an overnight stop here. Be aware that an additional park entrance fee is charged to campers, and that this is $10 for out of state residents. The sites are extremely neat and the concrete pads are easy to back into. All roads are paved. The park was quite empty on the Wednesday night we camped. Our site bordered a major dune along the lake shore, although climbing it would be quite an effort. Reaching the lake is easy with other paved access routes within the park. We would use this park and campground again, even as a stopover, in spite of the comparatively high cost. Our rating reflects the cost and lack of some hookups. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Indiana Dunes State Park Campground is a very nice facility. All facilities are well taken care of and clean. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Great park but may be limiting on length for some. We have a 45' and length was tight. The sites are wide and well kept. Lots of nice families there. The beach is a short walk and beautiful. We will stay here again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

All workers were friendly and helpful, clean and well maintain park. The only reasons we didn't give it a 10 was, no water, no sewer, no wifi. Do not camp by the comfort stations the fans are extremely loud. Lots of places to ride your bike, there is a nature center and tons of stuff for all ages. Beach is close enough to ride a bike or walk. Beware the entrance is not included in daily fee...if you are an out-of-state resident the park entrance fee is double. Also, weekend nights (Thurs-Fri-Sat) fees are $25 per night, week days (Sun-Weds) are $17. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent campground. We actually found this campground last year when we were looking for some way to escape "Yogi's Ghetto Adventure" in nearby Portage. This simple state park campground is a wonderful stop for a long weekend. With no water or sewer, I can't give it more than an 8, but still definitely recommend it. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 189
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Since this park was redone several years ago, we have really enjoyed camping here. This time we arrived on a Sunday night and were very glad to have a reservation, as the campground was almost entirely full (signs read that it was full, so perhaps a few reservations didn't show). Very crowded, but most sites are large & spacious. Very nice paved pads, with plenty of room for longer rigs plus the tow vehicle, or multiple tents at a site. Agree with the previous poster who mentioned the sand getting all over the bathhouse floors - it goes everywhere! The park was so busy that the campground hosts were overwhelmed with extra duties, which is probably the reason the bathhouse wasn't too clean (though far from nasty) during our stay. Will definitely consider staying here again, but more likely off-season (spring or fall). We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice campground, with sites in the woods that have enough spacing between them to give some privacy. We were there mid-week, and it was about 40% full. The on-line pre-registration process worked well (we are from out of state), and the park has some very nice trails to explore which go through the woods, up into the dunes and to Lake Michigan. The restrooms were pretty nice, but the sand from the area will be on the floor, and the campground had a nasty habit of cleaning them at about 8 am. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great park! Might be crowded in season, but awesome in a warm October. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 145
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this campground - stayed here twice on a recent trip. The sites are paved with cement and are very spacious. The bath houses are palatial and very clean. No matter where your site is, you won't have far to walk to get there. The only thing I'd like to see a little more of is privacy. There are no plantings between sites so it feels a little wide open. Not too far from the interstates. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

What a beautiful park! After traveling around Chicago and all the traffic, it was just what we needed. Got set up in time to go to the beach on the shore of Lake Michigan to do some let stretching, photo taking, and watch an wonderful sunset. We could see the skyline of Chicago and with the sun setting it was a truly awesome. Nice level concrete pads. Sites were good size with good spacing in between sites. Wish we could have stayed longer and we would definitely like to return. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very attractive park near attractive dunes on the lake. It's hard to fault anything with this park, except the lack of full hookups. Sites are large and attractive. Nice hiking trails through the dunes and along the beach. Fee includes a $10 non resident entry fee into the park We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Truck Camper.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great state park. All the campsites have level, concrete pads and lots of space. There are trees around most of the sites that make them fairly private. The biggest draw of this campground, though is the lake and the dunes. There are miles of hiking trails along the dunes, most have a brochure. Be sure to check out the nature center you can get a birding list there and see many different species from their observation room. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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