Indiana Dunes State Park RV & Campground Guide

Indiana

Beaches, sand dunes that tower 200 feet high, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests and white pine groves -- sound good? These are just some of the breathtaking sights that await your visit to Indiana Dunes State Park. The 16.5 miles of exhilarating biking and hiking trails that are in store for you, show off the diverse wildlife habitats of the Dunes. This state park is especially known for its fantastic birding and attracts millions of visitors each year.

Located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, Indiana Dunes has four distinct seasons of weather. Summer weather is absolutely perfect for a day along the beaches. As the air begins to chill in the fall, you’ll throw on a cozy sweater for strolls along the shoreline or the shop fronts. In the winter, bright, snowy landscapes entice you to still explore the outdoors. And in the spring, warm breezes return the full force of blossoms to the Dunes.

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Weather
Spring 47-71 F
Summer 80-83 F
Fall 48-74 F
Winter 30-36 F
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Nearby Cities
Chicago, IL
Fort Wayne, IN
Ann Arbor, MI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Indiana Dunes State Park

The battle will forever rage on, tent camping vs. RV camping. If wilderness nightlife isn’t for you, you should consider renting an RV with RVshare.com. All RV rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the RV perfectly designed for your adventure-seeking self. RVing offers you better protection, a better night’s sleep and better eating when you can store your favorites in an RV. You will be ready to tackle each day’s adventures, whatever they bring. 

That being said, the Indiana Dunes State Park Campground is one of the most popular in the area and fills up quickly so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. If it is filled up, no worries! Here is a list of the best RV parks in the area: 

Donna Jo Campground

This quiet campground, hidden behind homes and cornfields, offers a serene setting for families who want to enjoy nature while still having some comforts of home. Campers will enjoy the small picturesque pond, hiking trails, and the playground. Besides waterspouts and electricity at each campsite, Donna Jo's also offers restroom and laundry facilities. Rates start at $25 per day.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: fishing, laundry facilities, playground, swimming, rec center, picnic tables, trails

Sand Creek Campground

This peaceful, family-oriented campground is just minutes from the Indiana Dunes State Park and offers everything a camper could want. Full electric and water hookups, clean restrooms, hot showers, a picnic shelter, a fire pit and more for $25 per day.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: gift shop, playground, swimming, picnic tables, outdoor pool

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What to Do at
Indiana Dunes State Park

Inside Indiana Dunes State Park

While thoughts of sandy beaches lure you in for sunbathing and swimming, there is so much to this state park. Of course, the water’s edge is an excellent way to spend the day, you still have miles of trails with stunning views, history and wildlife habitats to explore too. Pack a picnic, stop at the nature center and then hit the trails that lead you right to the beach.   

  • Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services offers daily programs and information throughout summer months, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. local time.
  • Picnicking/Shelters can be found throughout the state park for your convenience and enjoyment.
  • Trails are marked from easy to moderate to take you through some of the most scenic viewpoints at the Dunes.
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Fishing: Only for Smelt at Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Swimming Pool is $3 per person, plus the admission fee for park entrance. There is a lifeguard on duty during summer months.
  • Beach is free admittance after the park entrance fee has been paid. Sunbathe in the Dunes and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan. There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
  • Birdwatching is one of the most popular activities in the area and you can follow the Indiana Dunes Birding Blog.

Outside Indiana Dunes State Park

Once you have explored the state park, it is time to venture out and see what else the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas have to offer. There is more adventure- seeking options than you could imagine. The cuisine, breathtaking scenery, eclectic nightlife and outdoor adventures galore are a few things that come to mind. Here are a few ideas to check out: 

Restaurants

True BBQ & Whiskey Bar

BBQ taken up a few notches with highest quality meats and fish, homemade rubs and sauces, coupled with whiskey crafted cocktails.

Type: American, BBQ

Location: Munster, IN

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Handcrafted comfort food inspired by our nation’s past and the inspirational American worker. Burgers, pizzas, soups, sandwiches -- you name it, it’s probably here.

Type: American

Location: Valparaiso, IN

Third Coast Spice Café

Fresh food cooked in a thoughtful, healthful way using wholesome, local, organic products whenever possible. Omelets and pancakes, sandwiches, salads and more, this gem is open at 6am and just be the perfect start to your day.

Type: American

Location: Chesterton, IN

Shopping

Chesterton’s European Market

Look here to stroll artists, chefs, farmers, and merchants. You will find artisan bread, pastries, meats, cheeses, clothing, accessories, jewelry – all the fun kind of shopping you look for on a trip. There is even live entertainment and music!

Location: Chesterton, IN

Sightseeing

Lake Michigan Water Trail

Paddling the southern shore of Lake Michigan is a premier paddling destination, with more than 50 miles of a continuous water trail between the Indiana cities of Whiting and Michigan City. Along the way, 12 distinct access points provide paddlers with convenient locations to help plan their paddling trip. Along the trail, paddlers will experience the diverse ecosystems and land use of Northwest Indiana, including white sand beaches, towering dunes, forested bluffs, industrial hubs, bustling ports, and breathtaking sunsets over the Chicago skyline.

Location: Various access points along Lake Michigan

The Depot - Beverly Shores History Museum & Art Gallery

This destination is a must-see stop for local history and art. Occupying a historic train station that continues to be an active train stop, it is a non-profit that strives to restore the history of the community and supports regional artists.

Location: Beverly Shores, IN

Chicago Street Theatre

Live theatre, workshops and concerts – a perfect stop to relax and be entertained before heading back to camp. The intimate 130-seat theatre features stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.

Location: Valparaiso, IN

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How to Get to
Indiana Dunes State Park

Take State Road 49 North from Interstate 94, or the Indiana Toll Road and it leads into the park.

Entering Indiana Dunes State Park

The park is open 7am-11pm daily. Annual passes are available. Admission is free weekdays between November and mid-April.

Indiana Residents : $7

Non-residents : $12

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