Winter Camping at Indiana State Parks
Camping is available year-round at Indiana State Parks. Reservations can be made year-round so you can see what camping loops and sites are open for winter camping and reserve a site if you choose to. Walk-in registrations are still accepted, and can 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.
- 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 water source through all or part of winter.
- Brookville Lake (Mounds SRA): Water available. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Brown County: One modern comfort station and water available all winter in family campground.
- Chain O’Lakes: One comfort station open until Dec. 1.
- Charlestown: Modern comfort stations closed. Water available at campground gatehouse.
- Clifty Falls: One modern comfort station and water available all winter.
- Harmonie: Comfort stations closed. Water available.
- Indiana Dunes: One heated modern family restroom open all winter.
- Lieber SRA (Cagles Mill Lake): Water available. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Lincoln: Water available in two locations in Class A campground. Modern comfort stations closed after Nov. 30.
- Mississinewa Lake: Water available at property office. Modern comfort stations closed. Dump stations on site will be closed, but there are others in the area that will be available.
- Monroe Lake: Water available. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Mounds: Water available. Modern comfort stations closed.
- O’Bannon Woods: One modern comfort station open all winter.
- Ouabache: Two heated modern comfort stations open all winter. (One camping loop closed through Dec. 31 for the “Wonderland of Lights.”)
- Patoka Lake: Heated modern comfort station in Modern Campground Section A open all winter. Water available at the front of the camp store.
- Pokagon: Campground 3 open all winter with one heated comfort station and water available.
- Potato Creek: Water available at main gate all winter. Heated comfort stations in loop C and Horsemen’s Campgrounds open until November 30. Horsemen’s Campground has a dump station, pit toilet and water available for winter camping. Family Campground has pit toilet available for winter camping.
- Prophetstown: One heated family restroom open until Nov. 30. Full-hook-up sites have water available.
- Raccoon SRA (Cecil M. Harden Lake): Water available at property office and at campground gate. One non-heated comfort station open until Dec. 1 in modern campground, weather permitting.
- Salamonie Lake: Water available. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Spring Mill: Water available at 4-way stop in campground. Modern restrooms closed.
- Shakamak: Water available. Modern comfort station closed.
- Summit Lake: Water available at main gate. North ramp restroom heated (no showers).
- Tippecanoe River: Water available in modern and horse campgrounds. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Turkey Run: West Campground Modern Comfort Station open all winter.
- Versailles: Water available at main gate. Modern comfort stations closed.
- Whitewater Memorial: Water available. Modern restrooms 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.