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Northern Indiana Treasure

Oline reservations are encouraged, however, winter camping is "walk-in." There are many well maintained trails to explore, and a large lake to fish or kayak.

Great Lake Michigan

Easy access to beach and dunes.

Love being close to Lake Michigan

Go early and wait for a chance to camp, first come first serve! Close to the beach!

Nice amenities, beautiful area, but a bit crowded

Beautiful area, and the campsites are “improved “ with firepit, picnic table, and nearby water… but quite close together and little privacy.

Nice shower and flush toilets, and decent camp store.

the dunes and lake are great!

Little Gem in SW Mich

This is my yearly spot. Cannot say enough good things about WB. It’s right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The beach, sand dunes, local wineries are all right there. Some sites have water. All have electric. The downside is there is no sewer hookups.

Cook County Forest Preserve

It’s probably the closest camping to downtown Chicago. About 5 years in existence. Clean facilities with a few trails. Camp Sullivan is used a lot by scouting groups. There are lots of trees and it is somewhat woodsy. The best thing to me is Jack Gibbons’s, a restaurant directly across the street.

On Lake Michigan

Nice campground on Lake Michigan. Lots of hiking. Large swimming beach on the lake. There were quite a few mosquitos, but we managed. The shower house was large and well maintained.

Great Place to Learn to Ride a Bike

Just need a peaceful place to get away? Perhaps you need some space for your youngest child to learn to ride a bike? We did on both accounts and the IN Dunes fit the bill! We traveled during the week in October so only about 1/2 the sites were filled. This was great for peace and riding space. The roadways are well maintained and easy for a new rider. There are also great spots to ride to from the campground. The Nature Center is very close. Up for a little more distance? Take the paved paths to the beach and reward the new rider with some splash time. It was actually still. 80+ degrees in October before falling into the 50s. Overall, there is much to do with biking or hiking and make sure you walk along the sandy beach!

Convenient and fun!

Great spot for “easy” camping! We were with a large group so had a site you could drive right up to. Electricity hookups, bathrooms and showers, picnic tables and fire pit, etc. Easy access to the dunes and the beach.

Family Gathering :)

This is a very nice campground. A lot of locals go there to get away for the weekend. :)

Great kayaking and fishing campground!

Bathrooms need work but I have my own so it didn't really affect me. Beautiful area and really nice campsites.

Camping was in the woods, but highway noise was loud

This campground seemed ideal when we pulled off the road. A long drive through the woods, into the forest. Seemed like it would be quiet and peaceful, but when we got out of the car, it was very clear we were not far from the highway.

First, the campground was very pretty. Very wooded and the sites were relatively large. There were trashcans all over the place near the bathrooms/pit toilets. So that was something you don't find many places. The densely wooded area gave lots of shade and cover if the sun were out. The ground was fairly sandy, so it made a lovely landing spot for our tent. Each site had a picnic table and fire pit, although the pits were a bit unusual. They appeared to be some type of pipe filled with cement (with a hollow center for the fire) to make it sturdy. I kind of liked them, but no fire grate for cooking.

Now, there were a few things that made me rate this as a "3 star". First was how the sites were set up. Although each one as fairly large, they set them up "two together", at least in the part we were in. One site beside another without any buffer of bushes or trees, so potentially, you could be sharing an area with perfect strangers. That's not all bad, not at all, just something I noticed if you were looking for seclusion in the woods. Secondly, the proximity to the highway is deceiving. It feels like you are off the beaten path, but looking at a map, you see how close you are to the interstate. That makes for a lot of noise, all night long. Hard to listen to the night sounds.

A good place to crash, but not as quiet as we hoped.

Clean

Awesome place to stay when you live in the city and wanna get away

Our Traditional Summer Spot

A group of us come here annually for a friend's birthday wrekend. We camp, do the lazy river nearby, then camp so more. The sites are large and open. My only complaint is that there is a restricted number of tents amd cars you can have at each site, which makes it challenging for larger groups like ours. There is nearby bathrooms with showers and paved paths that run throughout the campsite.

Clean, Friendly, Wooded, Great Location

Our first trip camping trip to Michigan and we loved Warren Dunes Campground. Although the sites were on the small side, ours was wooded and felt private. The staff was present and friendly. I was amazed at how often the staff was cleaning our bath house! They made a real effort to keep it as nice as possible given the amount of sand people were dragging in. The general store had just about anything you could need and opened early and stayed open late. We will definitely be back!

Nice clean fun

theres trails and sand dunes to climb clean beach really clean camp ground with newer clean bathrooms

Pleasant, friendly, small town camp with large pull through spots

Eden Springs Campground & RV Park in Benton Harbor, Michigan, run by camp manager Cindy, may well be one of our favorite small town parks! We are spending the month of August 2018 here and have found the venue quiet, well maintained, friendly and inexpensive ($375 for a month). I do not expect the prices to stay this low now that it has been “discovered”. They are working on adding an updated restroom, dog park and other facilities. The sites are large, level and spaced far apart from each other. We pulled in with a 42’ rig, pulling a 28’ hybrid trailer (total 70’) and easily pulled into our site without having to unhook. We had enough space to park a jeep in front of and and in back of the attached rig. The sites are designed so that no camper or RV faces a sewer connection. All of the hook ups are centrally located between two sites, with each rig having their driver side towards the hookups and their awning/entry sides facing the opposing side. Each site has a gravel space between them that could be traveled through, though campers all set up picnic tables, chairs and campfires there so practically there is no egress, thus privacy. This camp has the best WiFi of any camp we have ever stayed at. Some spots offer OTA TV and satellite reception. Ours did not as we chose to have a full tree canopy. Most of the sites offer Full Hookups with 30/50 amp service. The camp manager, Cindy, provides fire rings and picnic tables as requested, so, if you need either, just let her know when you call. The tables were clean and in good shape. The fire rings can be placed anywhere you want. As an aside, when a camper leaves, Cindy and her crew comes and removes the rings, cleaning up the residue so there is no mess left! The campground grass is cut routinely and “weed-whacked” as needed. Cindy has been one of the nicest hosts we have met on our travels. She is always pleasant, available as needed for emergencies and even delivered our mail one afternoon. She is a font of knowledge about the area and willing to share. Probably in keeping with her personality, the majority of the visitors here have been friendly, chatty and willing to help each other. The RV resort is about 10 minutes from St. Joseph, MI and multiple rural wineries in the area (a favorite pastime for my wife Audrey). St. Joseph’s is a small town located on Lake Michigan with excellent food, event venues and a lovely white sand beach. Be sure to stop at the Chocolate store in town & Silver Lake Pizza for a desert/dinner well worth the time. The town of Benton Harbor itself once was booming city/community, which has come into hard times, but we did not have any problems traveling around that area. This area also has a non-defunct amusement park attached to the campground which is being slowly renovated by a group of volunteers. They have restored several of the buildings, a fountain and a miniature train which takes visitors on a 1/4 mile ride on Saturday/Sunday. Additionally, the camp is home to it’s own 1800’s era baseball team which plays home and away games in the old bare handed style! Behind the camp is a now mostly abandoned religious enclave called the House of David which was started in the late 1800’s/ early 1900’s (Google it!). Some interesting architecture and several restored mansions for the 5 remaining members of the group. I recommend this park for someone wanting a quiet, clean stay.

Campground is very secluded

The camp sites are small and very heavily wooded, so they are secluded from every site(if that’s what you like. Paths to restroom/showers were very overgrown.

disappointed that there were no grates over the fire pit or anywhere to cook. Each site had to go buy a grate at the onsite store (overpriced)

Convenient

Conveniently located for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore which I used as a scenic layover point in a long drive. It was not very busy (on a Sunday night) and thus was quiet despite the individual camping sites being pretty squished together. However, the quiet at night does mean that you can hear I-94 in the background. The digital registration station for after hours is a modern touch (Credit/debit card only), but it was hard to pick a site since there was no way of knowing what was occupied vs open. $25/night. The bathroom and shower facilities were good. Picnic table and fire circle at each camp ground. Trash, recycling, and dump station for RVs.

The site itself was packed sand/dirt/gravel which was not the most comfortable spot for a tent. Also, it was incredibly buggy and the small gap between my shoes and pant leg got destroyed by mosquitoes.

Very family friendly campground.

We loved our electric campsites. We had site 53 and it was very spacious. We didn't feel like we were camping on top of each other. We also went kayaking and it was very close to the state park for the access site. We will definitely be going back.

Warren State Dunes and campground

There are three rings of campsites, you can view a pic of the exact site online. The first ring has shadier sites and some cabins. The second ring is sunnier with no cabins. Both of these rings have a nice shower/bathroom building in the center and access to clean water. With additional water access on the rings. The third ring has outhouses only but there is still water access on the ring. The campgrounds are located within the Warren Dunes State Park. There is a separate entrance fee for the park, which you must pay even if you are just there to camp. I recommend the beach and dunes. They are breathtaking and well maintained. There are new bathrooms, food shacks and even some food trucks. They also do some really great free family nature programs all summer.

Potato Creek review

Always enjoy our stay here. The grounds are always well kept. Love how far back the campgrounds are from the main entrance. Bike paths and walking paths maintained nicely. Full park is very well kept and manicured well. The only thing is restrooms….cleaned but not spotless like some others. They are heavily used so not really an issue, mainly old and tired. Time to upgrade! Not an issue for us, but should be redone soon in our opinion.

Fabulous place for families!

This place was awesome! They have done a lot of updates since we camped there years ago! Great new pool and pool house, FUN petting zoo, gemstone mining for the kids, hayrides, as well as crafts and a scavenger hunt. The grand kids loved this place and ask constantly when they get to go back!

Good for Car Campers

Our trip to Camp Sullivan was mostly a test run to determine how our new dog handled camping. The campsites are pretty crowded, you can easily see and hear your neighbors the entire time you're there. The bathroom facilities were clean with an average level of amenities. We tent camped, but could see the cabin grounds which looked nice. However, important to note dogs are not allowed inside the cabins. Overall it was an okay spot to test our dog's temperament, but the closeness, expensive fire wood, and lack of extensive hiking trails means we probably will not return.

Good place to camp and Kayak

Great place for a weekend camping trip of kayaking and some hiking.

Pro's

  • Large Campsites
  • Clean showers and bathrooms
  • 2 kayak ramps with ability to hike in between them
  • Fire tower
  • Great views in the river
  • Horse Trails

Con's

  • No privacy in campsites, so it more of a RV's / partying camping
  • Hiking is mainly flat trails thru the woods
  • No Camp Store, the Host sold firewood and Ice
Loved this campground

Beautiful campground. Easy check in process. Close to the water. Just amazing view of the water.

Favorite campground in the dunes

This is seriously my favorite campground. My family and I have been camping here for more than ten years. We have camped in the walk-ins and the drive-up spots.

The sites are private and the bathrooms are super duper clean. Showers are great.

You can take the train from downtown Chicago and get off at the Beverly Shores stop on the south shore line. The campsite is seriously a quarter mile walk from the stop.

There is an awesome gas station at the corner where you can get coffee and donuts in the morning. Ice and beverages during the day and soft serve ice serve ice cream at night. There are also two wood stove pizza trucks next to the gas station.

There is a nice sandy beach one mile walking distance through an amazing prairie. Great walk at night back from the beach after watching the sunset. Very romantic.

Plenty if things to do in the area. Lots of pick your own berry patches and kayaking spots.

{ (The old) Canoe Camp👍} { (now) River Tent Area👎 }

This small 10 campsite area of The Tippecanoe River State Park only has 1 water spigot & 4 vault toilets (2 men's & 2 women's) for the more adventurous campers. The main reason I like it there is that you're camping directly on the river. On one of the sites you can actually get out of your tent & throw a rock into the river.

Prior to this year (2018) this non-electric smaller area of the park WAS known as "The Canoe Camp", stipulating you must have a canoe or some kind of boat to camp here.

Now, this area is "The River Tent Area". Anyone with a tent can camp here now. I have camped there 3 times this year & had a few things happen. (All in one trip)

In the camping brochure it plainly states "No swimming" in 2 separate paragraghs. I had picked THAT weekend because there was free fishing for Indiana residents & my friend wanted to take her 2 young boys fishing & camping. We caught nothing. Probably due to the people belly flopping in the river a mere 20 ft. away.

Our day FAR from over. Some other campers that night decided to play flashlight games in ALL 10 campsites. It's not too easy getting 2 small boy's to bed while there are scary shadows being cast on all 4 sides of our tent.

The park rangers DO come around & check on things 👍 but I was getting ice in the main campground after the fishing incident & my friend,who had never camped there before, didn't feel it was her place to say anything. The reservations were in my name. Plus we packed & left 1st thing in the morning after the flashlight ordeal. ((back to work) I did call the office & inform that evening at home.

I'm worried that opening that area up to anybody with a tent wasn't a very good idea.