8 RV Parks near East Chicago, Indiana
We did however find 8 campgrounds within 25 miles of East Chicago. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near East Chicago in the left hand column.
Sep 2015 - $29.00
The place is huge. Has pool, lake, tennis, everything. I'm sure it's a happening place in summer but very poorly maintained. Big potholes in the very bad travel roads. Mostly occupied by seasonal and permanent residents that have old decrepit RVs and misc structures. The only WiFi is at the main office. Grass is overgrown and our site was loaded with dog poop. But there is a big field where we threw a ball for the dogs. - User2989
Aug 2015 - $48.00
We stayed here for my son to have a good time at a campground designed for kids. Unfortunately, mini golf closed at 6:30. Which I understand, however, the pool was for 21 and up, and the main station smelled like a bar. - slinke
Jul 2015 - $38.00
Very run down. This mighta been a great place 35 years ago but it's obvious nothing has been reinvested in it. Way to many long-termers with all the junk that they accumulate if allowed to. Way to many old RVs that should be in the junk yard by now. The trailer next to me has a red tag hanging on the door. Streets are badly neglected. Jellystone Inc should pull any affiliation from this place. Surprised they haven't. We are here at the height of vacation season and took what was available. Otherwise we wouldn't have considered it. They charged $16.00 for electric and $16.00 for service for a four night stay on top of the $38. I requested a sat TV friendly site ahead of time and they accommodated me with that. - wazafarmer
Sep 2016 - $35.00
We welcomed the "adventure". We felt the location warranted the discomfort. We are generally comfortable staying at Walmarts, casinos and truck stops as necessary. In attempting to use the online system to purchase "tickets" (one ticket for each 24 hour period), we had tech problems. Customer Service was responsive, resolved the situation, issued our tickets and refunded a duplicate charge to our credit card. So far, so good. The day before we were to check-in, we drove to the lot in our toad to check for low bridges and preview the layout. The lot attendant told us the lot was closed and that, if we showed up the next day, we would be turned way regardless of our protest that we had prepaid tickets. He suggested we call his mgr. We did and never received a return call. We decided not to go. We did not want to be stuck in downtown Chicago with a 40' rig plus toad. We contacted Customer Service and were granted a full refund. I suspect the "closed lot" tied into the the fact that there was a Bears Monday Night Football game two days out (not that makes it ok). Bottom line - this is not an RV park and doesn't act like one. We would be willing to try it again one day but would have a contingency plan. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $35.00
I won't repeat too much other than what was said already. You're parking in a truck marshaling yard with ZERO amenities. You can call 1-312-808-3138 for rates and availability. My understanding is that sometimes the marshaling yard is so full that they won't allow RVs in, but I've never had any trouble. I'd call ahead though to make sure. When I stayed here it was $35 per night, cash only.
Keep in mind that you can't drive your RV on Lake Shore Drive as there are no trucks/RVs/pick-up trucks allowed. You'll get a ticket if a cop spots you.
The entrance to the guardhouse is about 1000 feet north of 31st Street on Moe drive. After you pay at the guardhouse, turn right and keep driving north until you see all the other RVs likely to be parked there. I wouldn't park amongst the trailers, although I guess you could if you wanted to. There are a few small grass/tree "islands" towards the north end of the lot if you want to park under a small tree. You can put your slides out and run your generator no problem. There are trash barrels scattered about where you can dump your trash.
It's about $13 for an Uber from the marshaling yard lot to downtown Chicago, although you'd better give the Uber driver a call once you're assigned a driver as they're not going to be familiar with the location at all. Just tell them to find their way to 31st street and pick you up on Moe Road. The marshaling yard isn't gated along Moe Road, so you can just walk straight from your RV to Moe Road to pick up your ride. You also could walk south on Moe Drive to 31st, then east directly to Lake Michigan (5 minute walk in total) where there is a very nice beach and walking/biking trails that run both directions all the way to the city. On a nice day there will be many people swimming, biking, etc. I'd be a little hesitant to do that at night, though.
Security patrols the parking lot. The parking lot is well lit. I felt perfectly safe with my family there. - ualdriver
May 2016 - $35.00
We are dry camping a couple days at the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard, in the downtown area. Ours is one of 6 coaches (parked by the truck scales) amongst at least 4-500 truck trailers. This is a working truck yard, but our section has seen little traffic.
Not a resort, but the closest-in access for a downtown visit--that alone makes for 3 stars. For that privilege they charge $35/night. Not a place for lengthy stays--the setup is for trucks, not RVs--but great as an in-town base for visiting downtown. You are not more than 10 minutes from nearly everything there. We see no problems with it, but I've read reviewers who are, I suspect, leery of being 1) in a truck parking lot and 2) in Chicago period. We felt perfectly safe--in fact, in two days we saw at least a dozen cops. This is probably the best option if you want to visit the major attractions here. The yard is huge; all the RVs were in the vicinity of the scales--you wouldn't want to be between trailers. - ragtop45
May 2013 - $35.00
While the setting for this campground is excellent, the execution is just shy of horrible! The only reason we stayed at this park was its proximity to family and friends. I would never do so again. Go across the border to Indiana, do not come here! The bathrooms are all but unusable, and my wife has refused to use the shower in the ladies room. I didn't think the previous reviews could be true, but believe them. - Phil_S
Mar 2013 - $42.00
This is a very rustic campground with no paved roads or concrete pads. We were very disappointed in the general conditions present and the mud was so bad from the rain the previous day that we nearly got our dually stuck twice just getting to the site. We opted to leave and stay at another park due to the conditions we found in the winter time. It may be more appealing in the summer months, but we cannot recommend it during any kind of wet weather. - RVGFulltimers
Aug 2010 - $42.00
We are here for the location. It is the closest to Chicago we could find at 39 miles to Navy Pier. The posts below sum it all up. Could be a really nice park, just needs new owners and an overhaul. Nice quiet location. Our site has 2 sewer connections under our awning, and next to us there is a 30 yr old junk trailer with some one living in it. Not a very appealing park. - RIchardBursch
Jul 2016 - $18.00
This is a mobile home park. It has paved roads, concrete level spaces, concrete pad, no picnic table or fire ring. Very quiet and the staff is the most helpful of any place we have been. A lot of run down mobile homes, but the people living there are very respectful. Our 3rd year there and we will visit again. The rate was a weekly one with additional electric included. There is a train close by, but it is not very noticible. - esta34950
Jun 2016 - $18.00
Our rate of $104.00 plus metered electric of $25.00 was based on a their weekly rate for a total weekly cost of $129.00.
This is an older well shaded mobile home park, that is reasonably well kept, and was safe and secure for us.They have several sites set aside for RV sites mixed in with existing mobile homes. We have been there twice now, and have enjoyed our stay, with all neighbors being very friendly.
This is probably the best location for access to Chicago, as the South Shore Ogden Dunes station is just 3 miles away. Cost to downtown Chicago is $8.00 each way, and 1 hour 10 minutes train time, and very inexpensive.
We have a small dog, and the office assisted us finding a pet sitter while we traveled to Chicago all day.
This is a nice safe place to stay while in the Chicago area. We drove through Jellystone Park, just down the road, and kept on driving, overjoyed to find this unknown secret! - AlaskaJack
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Simple overnight stay. Arrived late but evening superintendent waited for us and took us directly to a reasonable site. Offered to help with hook-ups etc. They only have 50A service and he offered to get an adapter but I said I could just use the 110 as I didn't want to dig out my adapter. Just wanted to get to bed. Site was level on concrete pad. Would not be my first choice in the area but my normal "Quick Nite stay" in La Porte was full. Would stay again if just needed place to stay.
Would suggest that large trailers or Class=A motorhomes not stay as streets were narrow. It was OK for out 25' Class-C.
Might be reasonable if you were going to Chicago and could take Metro from Gary station 7 mi away. - Tireman9
Sep 2016 - $44.00
Hookups are shared so you may need extensions. Our power cord just reached. Safe area to leave trailer when we spent a night in Chicago. Host was gone so we checked in at office but had to find it first because map given to you at the office. - sp123
Aug 2016 - $44.00
Stayed 4 days while visiting family in the area. This is a very quiet park on the grounds of a large Christian conference center on Cedar Lake. Road and sites were gravel. Sites were level. Utilities worked well, but the locations for water and electric were a little strange (shared posts) so we needed our electric and water extensions to reach. Good WiFi - the best we've experienced in our 3 month trip! No cable. Lots of trees on most sites, so you've got shade, but satellite would be difficult on most sites. Restrooms and showers convenient and clean. No laundry. Close walk to lake and small beach. Very quiet at night. Someone else mentioned the railroad tracks and train. We counted 2 per day - one in the morning and one in the evening....that's it. Very friendly staff. A peaceful, restful place. We will definitely return when back in the area. - FireFlyer
Jul 2016 - $24.00
Small campground, Very quiet, but beside a train track with occasional traffic. We used the restrooms that were very clean. Camp host came by to welcome us. Alcohol was prohibited, but our beer on the table was no problem. Playground was simple, but at the office there was a possibility to borrow sports equipment. Lake was beautiful, with a small beach and a shelter. - Bisan
Oct 2016 - $24.00
Stopped in on our way south. A nighttime arrival presented some challenges--the signs are not necessarily that visible, but take it slow and they will appear. Excellent concrete slab site meant not too much fooling around to set up after navigating the park entry. 30 amp worked fine. TONS of raccoons resulted in our camperdog spending a fair amount of time indoors to curb the excitement. - ThreeTravellingBlondes
Sep 2016 - $26.00
We stayed here for 4 nights during the week, campground was half full during the time we stayed. All sites are back in and most are spacious. Park is full during the week, weekends and holidays during the summer and usually full on weekends all other times. The state park has many trails and a very nice beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. There is an entrance fee into the park. - Psi500
Jul 2016 - $22.00
We have camped here every year for almost 20 years and always have a great time. Nice large sites, we'll maintained. Easy walk, bike ride or drive to the beach. Great hiking trails. Nature center always worth a stop. Very busy during summer, always full, so make reservations early on their website, 6 months out. Probably would rate a 10 but no water or sewer hook-ups, which is kind of a hassle. Other than that this is a great state park to spend a week or two. - lc47
Aug 2015 - $37.00
Indiana Dunes State Park was full so I ended up staying here. I was under a tree and the site was fairly level. The owner said the hiking trails were closed due to limbs being down & the pool was closed because of recent treatment with chemicals. I didn't use the facilities because I was alone and a little spooked by the obviously lived-in trailers that were very unkempt. Not all of them were that way, but at least three were a mess. It's obvious they're trying because they've built new cabins and new bath houses, but why put your money into that if you're going to leave all the construction rubble behind? The owner told me to look for my own site and if the electric box says OK, it works. Well, I looked and there were no signs anywhere. Fortunately, a worker came around and he tested it for me. Sure enough, dead. So, he tested another and that one was fine. There's a playground for the kids and a pool but it wasn't open. All in all I wouldn't say it was a bad visit but I sure didn't want to stay another day or night. I wouldn't recommend it. - Givmeabr8k
Jul 2012 - $35.00
Stopped here for a night. It is about 3 miles off the interstate driving through a neighborhood and cornfields. The turn into the campground is a bit tight for a big rig. The sign is old and advertised a religious camp. The office is sparse, only a desk and a few things for sale. The person in the office was Asian and did not speak much English. He did not ask how big our rig was, just said he had water and electric available. We told him we were over 40ft with our tow vehicle so he gave us a grass site with water and electric. The site was only 20 amp so we asked for another which was 30amp. The electric quit working after about an hour and the office was closed, so we had no power which was hard on our dog. The restrooms were ok. We would not stay here again. - mohocamper
Jun 2012 - $35.00
This campground is much improved this year. Totally new rest rooms and showers that are very nice. They are tiled. They just needed to be cleaned more often. A new pool was under construction not sure when it will it will be done so call first if this is important. Very roomy sites with some shade. I would stay here again. - Iowaonegalippe
Sep 2016 - $9.00
Half price with federal Senior Pass. You must pay with a credit card at a machine near the entrance. I don't believe that cash is an option. First come - first served, no reservations. There are two loops. I stayed in the Mather loop. Shady sites. No hookups. The camp ground did not fill on a week night in mid-September. Weekends might tell a different story. Water is available at a few pumps scattered around the campground. Clean flush toilets. Unusual for the Nat'l Park Service, the campground had showers. Unfortunately, my shower never had hot water. Plenty of privacy with dense under story beneath the trees. Some road noise from a nearby highway but not bad. I would stay here again. - Teardrop11
Jun 2016 - $9.00
NPS campground with hot showers. A real bonus for dry camping. Sites perfect for our 27 ft mh. Level, not sure big rigs would fit. Great shade on a hot day. 1.5 miles to Lake Michigan, good bike ride. - USA16RVer
Jun 2015 - $18.00
Okay if you want dry camping this is your campground. No hook-ups. There are only a few sites that can accomodate a large rig. 40' would be about the longest you could do. We have a 38' with a tow. Our site was nice and well spaced out. Bugs were bad. We stayed over the weekend and everal families brought barking dogs. Camp security was there and did kick some people out for noise, drinking, etc. Our stay was good and we enjoyed trying out our solar and being self-contained for awhile. - RVing Along