Winter Camping at Indiana State Parks
Camping is available year-round at Indiana State Parks. Registrations are on a walk-in basis and should be made at the park office or the gate. Some campground loops may be closed. Check with the property office when planning your visit. View this information in PDF format.
- Primitive camping sites are available at all state park campgrounds during winter, offering full exposure to the elements for hardy, experienced campers.
- Mounds State Park’s campground is closed through the end of 2017 for an electrical upgrade to 50 amp service.
- Electricity is generally available in most modern campgrounds but water may not be. Prepare accordingly.
Heated restrooms and water
Several campgrounds offer heated comfort stations and/or a frost-free water source through all or part of winter.
- Brown County: One comfort station and one water spigot all winter.
- Chain O’Lakes: One comfort station open through Nov. 26.
- Clifty Falls: One heated family restroom open all winter.
- Hardy Lake: One heated comfort station open all winter.
- Indiana Dunes: One heated family restroom open all winter.
- McCormick’s Creek: Two frost-free water spigots available; comfort stations closed.
- Monroe Lake: One frost-free water spigot available; comfort stations closed.
- O’Bannon Woods: One comfort station open all winter.
- Ouabache: Two heated comfort stations open all winter. (One camping loop closed through Dec. 31 for the “Wonderland of Lights.”)
- Patoka Lake: Heated comfort station in Modern Campground Section A open all winter.
- Prophetstown: One heated family restroom open until Nov. 30. Full-hook-up sites have frost-free water spigots.
- Potato Creek: Two heated comfort stations until Nov. 29. One frost-free water spigot available.
- Salamonie Lake: One heated family restroom open until Nov. 30. One frost-free water spigot available.
- Pokagon: Campground 3 open all winter with one heated comfort station and a frost-free water spigot.
- Shakamak: Frost free water spigot available. Modern restrooms closed.
- Summit Lake: Frost-free water spigot at main gate; north ramp restroom heated (no showers).
- Tippecanoe River: Frost-free water spigots in modern and horse campgrounds; modern comfort stations closed.
- Turkey Run: West Campground Comfort Station open until Dec. 15, 2017.
- Versailles: Frost-free water spigot at main gate. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Cabins are a good place to start for those inexperienced at braving the cold. Some cabins are open all winter.
- Check the Indiana Recreation Guide for properties offering winter cabin usage. Make reservations.
Tips for winter camping
When it comes to winter camping, failing to plan is a plan to fail. Always:
- Check the forecast.
- Make sure someone knows where you will be camping and when you will return.
- Bring more food, water, clothes and firewood than you think you’ll need.
- Make sure sleeping bags are rated for the conditions you will be in.
- Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Layer your clothing, beginning with a wicking (or perspiration-removing) layer, followed by insulating garments, topped off by a wind and/or waterproof shell.
- Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the cold.
- Prepare warm, hearty meals.