9 Parks near Portage, Indiana
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
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
Jul 2015 - $15.00
This is our second time here. We stayed for a week last year, this year we stayed for 3 weeks. The rate reflects a weekly rate and electric is .15 per kwh. We love this place. The staff go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. There is a laundry mat next door and a small market too. This is a mobile home park with a few RV spaces. It is the most relaxing and quiet place we have visited, and we camp 6 months of the year, with in 6 different states. The spaces are grass with cement lanes for the rv tires and a cement pad for personal use. All the sites are very level. All the streets are paved and riding bikes is safe and easy. Each unit has their own garbage can, no walking to the other end of the campground for the dumpster. We had mature shade trees in our section, so TV reception with the antenna was just not there. They also have a new dog park. - esta34950
Jul 2016 - $40.00
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. - Jlcamper
Jun 2016 - $23.00
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. - TheJim
May 2016 - $25.00
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. - Jerry and Betsy
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
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
Jun 2012 - $15.00
This is a Indiana Dunes National Park campground, just east of Dunes State Park. Not on the beach, but all of them are only a short drive. Large, private, shady sites, 53 drive-in, all paved with some pull-throughs. 25 tent sites. Picnic tables and fire rings. Dry camping at its best. Restrooms, hot showers, camp sinks with hot water. Dump station and fresh water available. Open late April to late October. Our third time here. Only drawback is moderate train/traffic noise. We love it! Located on US Highway 12 and Broadway in Beverly Shores, IN. - catsinacan23FB
Jul 2015 - $43.00
This has to be one of the worst compound we have been at. The bath house was a real dump, sinks out of order, showers didn't work and the ones that did just barely. The staff not too friendly. The site they gave us barely fit my 23 foot travel trailer. Don't waste your money on this place!! - snoopy216
Jun 2015 - $41.00
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay DO NOT reserve this park. Sites are very tight and park is 90 percent permanent residences. Many good rules just not enforced. E.g., visitors must park at office and get a pass.I counted at one point in time 10 cars parked in the 2 spots next to us. Also 11 PM weekend quiet hour, yet the party lasted until 4:10am! A 10- or 11-year-old parked a golf cart across from us and blasted his voice over a bull horn for 10 minutes around 8 PM with 10 adults partying and ignoring him. We have stayed all over the U.S. and this is my first negative review. This is hands down the worst park we have stayed in, especially for the price. Only one dumpster in the whole park. I would give is a zero if that was an option. - John3508
May 2015 - $45.00
A very nice park south of Michigan City on 421. Check-in was painless, the owners seemed very nice. Nice clean pool, and the playground looked brand new. We reserved a premium site, which has a cement patio and cement fire ring, plus very nice grass. Overall we had a great time, no complaints! - J.P.
Jul 2016 - $24.00
Family oriented park. Good if you want to be away from hassle of Gary or Chicago. About 1 hour back to things there. We had 30 Amp site (no sewer) so had cheaper rate. Reasonably level site. Staff very friendly and helpful.
We are a Class C motorhome. - Catrinapdq
Jun 2014 - $29.00
This is the park for relaxation. Great staff and camp host! Plenty of shade, clean area, clean restrooms and showers. It's a short walk to an amazing lake view. We will return! - tincansailor
May 2014 - $20.00
Super clean and very quiet. Stayed here a week while we visited Chicago. Best option even though we had to commute every day. It was a lovely place to come home to each evening. - Chuckstr89134
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
Sep 2014 - $19.00
Basic parking space with hook-up for overnight. No frills but nice low price. This is 2nd stay here and would stay again. - Tireman9
Aug 2012 - $20.00
Very good value with Passport America. This is our second stay here. Makes a good base for seeing the area. Michigan City is a short drive away and the Indiana Dunes NL are a bit further. We had a 30 FHU on a slab not quite large enough for us. Very good TV reception with bat-wing and Verizon broadband connected at 4G. - Bob and Inga
Jun 2012 - $30.00
Stayed here as an overnight, we did not unhook from the truck as this was simply a pitstop. I would not recommend this campground as anything else. There are hookups and not much else, but it is convenient as it's right off of the highway. If noise is an issue for you, this park is not for you. We had our air on, so it did not bother us. The dog in the previous posts is a bit of a pest, even for dog lovers. He jumped up on me right away, and follow us to the site. As I travel with two large dogs, this was an issue. I could not let them out until I chased him away. Very basic, convenient, no frills park. We would stay again, for a quick in and out overnight only. - dustwanderlust