The beach, campground, and shelter house were really nice. The staff were super friendly. Know that "cash only" is accepted at the camp store. We all had a nice daytrip and cookout as a family. There is a nice activity center too.
The biggest reason I didn't like this place as well is the bathhouse/restroom stone building had baby roaches crawling all over the floor. I'm sure somebody brought them in, but that was a huge dissatisfaction. I didn't go back inside. I feel like being a state recreation area they should of had Terminex spraying. I'm sure they have funds for that.
I was really surprised that in my 30 years of living in Indiana, I had never been to Marengo Cave. It's both great for kids and adults. The people are super friendly and there are two different parts to explore. The dripslide caverns and the crystal palace cavern. There are extra activities for the kids such as mining and a nice gift shop for any rock lover out there. I highly recommend and they had cabins to camp in as well.
This wonderful hidden gem is 14 miles away from McCormick's Creek State Park. It is a DNR state operated and has some pretty cool fishing. It was family-approved by my kin. There are rapids by a huge ridge near the lake.
I wasn't aware that McCormick's Creek State Park was the first Indiana State Park. Its loved for its sanctuary feels.
This is our first time camping here and I was pretty impressed. The public bathrooms were continuously maintained and cleaned by a caravan of DNR women. That was my only worry, especially during this Covid-pandemic.
I have one draw back. There is only 1 vehicle per campsite and all other vehicles has to be parked at the overflow down by the campground gatehouse. Well, our second night, the overflow was full and I had to park at the Nature Center and walk 2 miles to my campground. I would definitely change that policy.
The family loved the shaded trails and we spent most of our time in the creek and admiring the walk-behind waterfall. My kids were able to look for shells and rocks and just be kids.
On our next rondevue here we hope to come back and do horseback riding and the NATURE CENTER.
I was very pleased with our camping expierence at this wonderful campground. 2 days wasnt nearly enough. My kids enjoyed nature, had stick wars, and my daughter learned a few things about fishing. Shower houses were clean. There was an activity center and each day they would have some sort of informational class. Plus, there were some nice playgrounds. The best part. Our campground lot was right down the hill from the lake. Great spot to just sneak away.
We loved the primitive camp site. It was secluded and open. We loved seeing the open night sky and preferred it over the electric sites because they were more covered with canopy. I though it was reasonably priced. If you are here I encourage you to visit the Pioneer Village, go to the Nature Center, learn about Gus Grissom, or eat some home-cooking at the Inn (I suggest corn mill pie.) Caving awaits. Bonus - the bathrooms were less then 5 min away.