Native forest and large rock outcrops line the upper part of Big Raccoon Creek. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of the creek for flood control. Raccoon Lake Camping also provides recreation, wildlife management and economic benefits. A variety of fish, flora and fauna can be viewed at the property.
Nearby Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is a preserved, working example of industrialization in Indiana at the turn of the 20th century. This 1880s flour mill uses machinery from that time to show visitors how flour and cornmeal were processed from wheat and corn. It is an almost complete and unchanged example of flour mills from this time period.
-Electric / 240 sites
-Non-electric / 37 sites
-Primitive / 35 sites
-Youth Tent Areas
Bathroom facilities are very clean, new bike, walking, rollerblading path. Beach is large and clean. We go every year and love it!
We love camping here! Lots to do. Love the archery range.
We had our pick of the primitive sites when we arrived midweek for a single overnight stay. Most of the sites are either barely large or flat enough for a tent or in full sun. We found the perfect roomy shaded site with a great private trail down to look over the water. The park office staff was friendly and helped us obtain our explore pins. We also enjoyed the well stocked camp store and the playground right behind the store. We used a handful of the vault toilets located throughout the park and they were surprisingly clean. We walked a few trails and along the shore by the dock next to the beach. Trail 1 is definitely more than moderate and would be difficult with young children not experienced in hiking. Overall we had a great time and will likely return for more than a one night stay.
We camped here with young kids in May. Though most of the campsite are cramped with no shade, ours was huge, fully shaded, and had a short trail to a great view of the lake. There were also other trailheads very close. We hiked several trails, some well-traveled, others overgrown and eroding, and saw groundhogs, a giant fish, salamanders, raccoons, birds, and some unique finds like an apple maple wasp gall. There were also signs of deer, and remains of small animals like fish, a vole, and crayfish. (We felt one of the "moderate" trails was definetely more rugged than advertised.) At night we could hear a lot of animal noises, including raccoons fighting, owls, and cyotees, and had several animal visitors to our site (and sniffing at our tents). We visited the office and camp store several times, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Overall, we loved our trip and plan to go back again soon…as long as we can get the same site.