Campground Hosts at Indiana State Parks

Indiana State Parks' volunteers and partners mission is to build widespread support of the division’s programs, facilities and resources (natural, cultural and human) by individuals, groups and the business community, and to foster philanthropic traditions through recognition of this support.

Most of Indiana's state parks and reservoirs offer opportunities for campground hosts. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week in exchange for free camping for a specified period of time. The time period varies at sites, based on the number of applicants and on the amount and type of work required. For detailed information about hosting duties and site availability, contact the property where you'd like to serve as a host.

If you have an interest in serving as a campground host, the best time to call your favorite property and ask for information is before April 1. By early summer, most host schedules are full.

Openings as of Feb. 1, 2008

This list shows where campground host openings still exist. Read this document (PDF) for responsibilities and details about each location. State Forests are generally more primitive camping experiences. Only Deam Lake and Starve Hollow have comfort station facilities.

  • Brookville/Whitewater Complex, Brookville
  • Brown County State Park, Nashville
  • Chain O’Lakes State Park, Albion
  • Clark State Forest, Henryville
  • Charlestown State Park, Charlestown
  • Clifty Falls State Park, Madison
  • Deam Lake State Recreation Area, Borden
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park, Clarksville
  • Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis
  • Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Dugger
  • Hardy Lake, Scottsburg
  • Harmonie State Park, New Harmony
  • Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton
  • Lieber State Recreation Area (Cagles Mill Lake), Cloverdale
  • Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City
  • Martin State Forest, Shoals
  • McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer
  • Mississinewa Lake, Peru
  • Monroe Lake, Bloomington
  • Mounds State Park, Anderson
  • O’Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon
  • Ouabache State Park, Bluffton
  • Patoka Lake, Birdseye
  • Pokagon State Park, Angola
  • Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty
  • Prophetstown State Park, West Lafayette
  • Raccoon Lake/Historic Mansfield Roller Mill, Rockville
  • Salamonie Lake, Andrews
  • Salamonie River State Forest, Lagro
  • Shakamak State Park, Jasonville
  • Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell
  • Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia
  • Summit Lake State Park, New Castle
  • Tippecanoe River State Park, Winamac
  • Turkey Run/Shades State Park Complex, Marshall
  • Versailles State Park, Versailles
  • Yellowwood State Forest, Nashville