Tippecanoe River State Park RV & Campground Guide


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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Spring 29-72 F
Summer 60-84 F
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.

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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. 

Tippecanoe River State Park Per vehicle (Indiana resident) : $8.0

Tippecanoe River State Park Per vehicle (non-Indiana resident) : $10.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tippecanoe River State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Tippecanoe River State Park?

If you prefer visiting state parks when temperatures are cooler and there are fewer crowds, check out Tippecanoe River State Park during the spring. Temperatures top out in the mid-70s, and you can still enjoy all the recreational activities.

What is the climate of Tippecanoe River State Park?

Tippecanoe River State Park has a typical upper Midwest climate. It experiences cold winters with some snowfall expected, seasonal fall and spring weather, and summers that are hot and humid.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Tippecanoe River State Park?

Tippecanoe River State Park wildlife includes deer, rabbits, squirrels, and many birds. People who enjoy birdwatching will delight in seeing herons, yellow warblers, yellowthroats, and plenty of waterfowl throughout the park.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Tippecanoe River State Park?

You'll find 112 sites at this state park that accommodate RVs, with most sites suitable for RVs up to 45 feet long. The sites include 30/50 amps electrical hookups, but water or sewer hookups are unavailable.

Are pets allowed at Tippecanoe River State Park?

All pets are welcome at Tippecanoe River State Park, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet or caged. The park expects its pet owners to always pick up after their pets.