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Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana


State Park Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 140
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.65607
Longitude: -87.06268

Elevation: 602' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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88 Reviews

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

I grew up near this park and visited a lot in the 70's. They have substantially improved the park. The beach is still just as beautiful. Sites are mostly grassy with some trees. Park was immaculate. No water at the site however there was a filling station in each camping loop.

Entrance to campground was overly complicated due to my truck GPS not allowing me to head straight into the park. The GPS has the main entrance road designated as NO TRUCKs to keep stray trucks out of the park. It was fine for big rigs. They just wanted to prevent SEMIs from entering the park and turning around. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of retail in nearby Chesterton. My favorite stops: White Castle Hamburgers (Chesterton) and Lincoln's Subs in (Hobart).

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

2 Night Weekend stay in space 75. Electric only with H20 and Dump available. OTA, Cell and Satellite all worked just fine. Nice CG with easy walk to the Lake. There are quite a few nice trails of varying difficutly and an interesting Nature Center. There is also an informative Visitor Center for the National Lakeshore Park (which is adjacent to the State Park). A lot of families camp here on the weekend and the park was pretty much full. Rangers were very friendly and helpful. Nicely stocked camp store open until 8 pm We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park surrounded by the National Park. It's clean and well maintained. There's nice bike trails, a very nice nature center, and hiking trails. We loved being here in the Fall when it wasn't too crowded. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A17
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The beach and parks are nice here and the bathrooms and shower facilities are top notch.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is kid and pet friendly, but it is surprising quite. There are many hiking trails but they are difficult to find due to a lack of markings.. A trip to the nature center is worthwhile. Although the sites are spacious, they offer very little privacy. The camping area is jammed during the summer, making reservations a must. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Smokey Bear in Valpo has very good BBQ (approx. 7 miles). The 3 dune challenge offers great views of the lake and Chicago.

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Our site #93 was spacious because there was not a site behind us or to the right side. Easy walk to the beach. Two young children with us could ride their bikes in our loop. We were there during the week arriving on a Monday with reservations made months in advance. The paved bike trail is along the entrance road. It ended for us when we reached the area outside the park where the train tracks were and then it was packed with loose deep gravel. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great state park. We have stayed here many times. Only thing you need to be aware of on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer, a very long line forms into the park with beachgoers. It can take an hour and half to get back to the campground if you go out. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
113
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The South Shore railroad line runs to downtown Chicago if you want to go to the city. Be sure to take one of the architectural boat tours on the Chicago River especially the last one of the day where you get all the lights of the city.

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Review Count: 148
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Nightly rate is for the site, there is a $5 transaction fee (online) and sales tax added to that. You will also pay $12 for your entrance pass, good for the whole stay. Still an excellent price compared to other state parks. We reserved an extra night at the campground office and it was only $24.61 total. This park is clean and tidy, paved sites with an extra bump-out section at the road edge for a vehicle. Lots of grass and trees, with reasonable spacing. Electric only, water spigots scattered around, water fill station (2 of them) for your rig is separate from the dump station. Makes that pretty convenient, so folks leaving and dumping don't have to wait for folks coming in and filling. Bathrooms and showers were as clean as they can be with messy people tracking sand in. The park was pretty full the whole time we were there. Verizon 1-2 bars, AT&T similar, both slowed to virtually nothing during the day. Got OTA stations fine. Close access to the beach by trail, several other trails for walking. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38 and 39
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Calumet trail is a powerline service road, with deep ruts and below the surrounding ground. I'd say 50% was water when we tried it. Not worth it unless you want to go wading with your bicycle. HUGE puddles, and no way to go around. Go to the beach! Walk the dunes!

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice state park campground with electric hookups only. There is an easy to access water fill station as you come in to the campground and a dump station as you leave. All the sites have a paved pad (though not necessarily level) with plenty of grass surrounding. There is clearly defined parking at each site as well. The campground itself is very clean and tidy. The bathrooms were OK, but we didn't use them much. They certainly were nothing to get excited about. Verizon cell signal was decent. I was able to get ABC clearly and a couple of other stations, though we really don't watch TV much. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The state park is one of the best and easiest places to access the beach. The campground is walking distance to the State Park Nature Center and trails. Not a long drive to the National Park visitor center and there is a paved trail though it's probably a couple of miles. The town of Chesterton is not far at all, with plenty of dining and shopping options.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Good location to the dunes/lake shore. No water no sewer at sites; concrete pad but terribly out of level; grass way over due for mowing, kept the mosquitoes near. I mistakenly reserved the wrong dates as we are traveling cross country. The office manager would not even speak to me about simply switching dates. She told me to cancel and rebook, to which I fell prey to Indiana's punishing cancellation policy. The so-called Park Rangers do not work for the customers/tax payers in Indiana, they work for the state. Beware. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
80
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Loved this park. The restrooms/showers were a bit dingy due to continual use throughout the summer; but they are clean. The camp store had ice cream which is always a bonus. Don't think any sites had sewer or water; but there is a dump station and several potable water spigots throughout the camp. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
83
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Large campground that was completely filled. Best to make reservations several weeks in advance. Sites are concrete pads and are level. Many sites are close together. Our site (#69) offered more space and a little more privacy. Many good walking trails. Bathhouses were clean and the park is well maintained. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Reservations made on line. Great hiking trails. Concrete sites-electric only. Water available after check in. Dump station. Verizon service good. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
007
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground. Lots of good hiking trails. Easy access with 40 foot coach and toad. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground. No water or sewer hookups. Expect lower temps due to the lake winds. Great views when hiking on top of the dunes. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are considering taking the Calumet Trail adjacent to the park, wear water shoes. You'll be traveling through water 25% of the time. Should never have been called a bike trail.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Nice place to stay. Helpful staff. Clean and modern shower/bathrooms. Cement pads. Nice trees and well spaced sites. Off season is nice, not crowded. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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