Tippecanoe River State Park RV & Campground Guide

Indiana

As the Tippecanoe River gently flows to merge with the Wabash River, it traverses a significant portion of Indiana, fosters the habitats for over 50 endangered species, and provides waterpower and drinking water for every community along its 182-mile course. The Tippecanoe River is now identified by the Nature Conservancy as one of the top 10 streams in the United States to be preserved, due primarily to the incredible number of threatened species that call the river home. Dedicated in 1943, Tippecanoe River State Park has become a key piece in conservation efforts. Nearly half of the 2,761 acres that the park covers are protected. While the 7-mile stretch of the Tippecanoe River that flows alongside the park may be fished, the anglers may not interfere with the otter release program or any other program designed to reinvigorate endangered species. Many people in the area of Winamac, the nearest city to the park, and South Bend, which is 58 miles northeast of the park, seek Tippecanoe River State Park as a vacation spot for family fun and communion with nature.

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Fall 33-77 F
Winter 18-38 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Tippecanoe River State Park

Camping in an RV is the most pleasant way to explore Tippecanoe River State Park. RV camping lets you stay in a comfortable motorhome or camper and take everything you need while you travel. Use RVshare to rent an RV near the park that will accommodate your family.

Tippecanoe River State Park Campground

Tippecanoe River State Park Campground offers 112 spacious RV campsites with fire rings and picnic tables. The park is sparsely populated during the week but fills quickly during holiday weekends. Even when full, the sites at the park are spacious enough to prevent any crowding. Park sites accommodate rigs up to 45 feet in length. Most of the campsites have pull-thru capability. A dump station sits near the entrance to the park. Restrooms with flush toilets and a bathhouse with hot showers add comfort for campers. Drinking water is available at stations found throughout the campground. A playground lets kids play all day with some games organized by park staff.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $23 to $33 per night

Rising Sun Campground

Rising Sun Campground, which also sits beside the Tippecanoe River, is only 7 miles east of Tippecanoe River State Park. Rising Sun offers 84 RV camping sites that can handle big rigs. Each site is wide enough to accommodate any rig plus a large picnic table and fire ring. Hot showers are available at the bathhouse for any guest to enjoy. A laundry facility is available for guests to use, and restrooms with flush toilets are available throughout the campground's RV section. A boat ramp allows visitors to launch their craft onto the Tippecanoe River that flows alongside the camping area. The campground maintains a rec room, pool, clubhouse and outdoor activity courts. Canoes, kayaks and floating tubes can be rented at the camp office.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: 15/30/30 amp
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $29 per night

Acorn Oaks Campground

Acorn Oaks Campground sits 21 miles southwest of Tippecanoe River State Park. Acorn Oaks is open year-round with 110 RV campsites open for business, and pull-thru sites are available throughout the campground. Hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets and a laundry facility are available for use by guests. A dump station is provided for guests to clean their waste tanks. The campground features a pond with stocked fish that will satisfy the wishes of any angler. A playground, basketball court and horseshoe pits are available inside the park for added family fun.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: 15/20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $15 to $30 per night

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What to Do at
Tippecanoe River State Park

Inside Tippecanoe River State Park

With 7 miles of the river flowing alongside the park, there is plenty of room for visitors to enjoy some time on the Tippecanoe River. A small boat ramp is the only location where visitors can enter the river from the park. Twenty-three miles of trails run throughout the park, 9 of which only allow hikers while the rest allow hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.

Outside Tippecanoe River State Park

The area surrounding Tippecanoe River State Park is full of small communities that offer some diverse opportunities for fun and food. Restaurants abound in the surrounding towns, and small shops provide unique products that may serve as a reminder of a great trip. Exciting activities that tie into the history of the area will also enhance any visit.

Restaurants

One-Eyed Jack’s

When you are looking for a quick but satisfying meal, drop by One-Eyed Jack’s. Here, you will find traditional burgers, hot dogs and wraps.

Type: American

Location: 124 North Market Street, Winamac, IN 46996

Poblanos Mexican Grill and Bar

Drop in at Poblanos Mexican Grill and Bar for spicy Mexican cuisine. Each night, this restaurant offers different specials. Try Sunday when the chefs offer Thio’s special, which is grilled shrimp and chicken covered in a cheese sauce and served with rice and tortillas.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1550 South 50th East, Winamac, IN 46996

HomeTown Ayce Marketplace

If you are looking for a buffet meal, stop by the HomeTown Ayce Marketplace. Here, you and your family can choose from multiple cuisines and return to the buffet line for no extra charge.

Type: Buffet

Location: 109 South Logan Street, Winamac, IN 46996

Shopping

Country Color Floral and Gifts

For that special occasion where only flowers can say what needs to be said, visit Country Color Floral and Gifts in Francesville. The floral displays you get here are the longest-lasting in the area.

Location: 104 South Bill Street, Francesville, IN 47946

The Chameleon’s Closet

Take a drive 21 miles east to Rochester, IN, and visit The Chameleon’s Closet. Here, you'll find quirky gifts to commemorate your adventures in the area for friends and family.

Location: 917 East Ninth Street, Rochester, IN 46975

Burr Oak Whistle Stop

If you love to shop for antiques, don’t forget to stop by the Burr Oak Whistle Stop. The shop is about 20 miles northeast of the park and holds many collectibles, antiques and scented candles.

Location: 15295 State Road 17, Culver, IN 46511

Sightseeing

Fort Knox Paintball

If you are looking for some fun with the family close to the park, visit Fort Knox Paintball. This themed park is a perfect way for the family to let out some pent-up energy. Try to escape Alcatraz or plunder Fort Knox inside this park and have fun while doing it.

Location: 7485 North U.S. Highway 35, Winamac, IN 46996

Chief Menominee Monument

Everyone who wants to learn more about the area's history should take the time to visit the Chief Menominee Monument. This monument commemorates the starting point of the Potawatomie Trail of Death, a forced march of the last Native Americans inhabiting the area during the winter of 1838.

Location: 12380-12644 Peach Road, Plymouth, IN 46563

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How to Get to
Tippecanoe River State Park

Winamac, IN, is the gateway to Tippecanoe River State Park. It's less than 2 miles away, and travelers from Winamac can get on U.S. Highway 35 and travel north to the park entrance.

To get to Winamac from South Bend, IN, get on State Route 23 and travel south for 20 miles. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 6 and drive another 9 miles until you reach the turnoff for U.S. Highway 35. Follow U.S. 35 for 30 miles to Winamac.

Entering Tippecanoe River State Park

Tippecanoe River State Park is a day-use area that is open from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. 

Per vehicle (Indiana resident) : $8

Per vehicle (non-Indiana resident) : $10

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