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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.

Cabin rentals

  • 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.