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.
- 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 modern comfort station open until Nov. 29.
- 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 Jan. 15 for Wonderland of Lights, which ends Dec. 31, with lights being removed Jan. 1-15.)
- 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 Dec. 7. 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: Water available. Modern restrooms close on Monday, Nov. 30..
- 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.