Northwestern Indiana has a wide range of options for camping, from primitive tent sites to RV campgrounds with many amenities. Whether you are looking for exhilarating fishing on the open waters of Lake Michigan or a casual family-friendly angling experience, you'll likely find a camping location that fits the bill in northwest Indiana. A few stand out: The main natural attractions at Indiana Dunes State Park and Michigan City Campground are the scenic dunes and Lake Michigan waterfront, and camping at Potato Lake State Park, Tippecanoe River State Park or Caboose Lake Campground allows you to explore and fish at inland lakes and streams.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park is located on the shore of Lake Michigan between Chesterson and Michigan City, Indiana. The campground at Indiana Dunes has 140 electric sites divided into two loops. There is also a youth tent camping area. As for fishing, Indiana Dunes State Park only permits smelt fishing, but private charter companies based in nearby East Chicago and Winthrop Harbor take clients salmon and trout fishing on Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes State Park also has a nature center with naturalist services and more than 3 miles of sandy beaches.
Potato Creek State Park
Located 12 miles south of West Bend, Indiana, Potato Creek State Park offers an expansive camping area with 287 electric sites, 70 electric equestrian sites and a youth camping area. Potato Creek State Park includes Worster Lake, which Indiana Game & Fish lists as one of its top picks for spring bass fishing, as well as a bluegill hot spot in late summer. The state park also offers a fishing pier, cleaning station and ice fishing in the winter.
Tippecanoe River State Park
Tippecanoe River State Park is in Winamac, Indiana, about 1.5 hours southeast of Gary, Indiana. The campground has 112 electric sites, 56 primitive horseman's sites and 10 canoe campsites. There is a convenient boat ramp near the canoe camp area, but patrons must bring their own boats because rentals are not available on site. Indiana Game & Fish names Tippecanoe River State Park as one of the six Great Outdoors Family (Fishing) Vacations in Indiana and consistently rates the river as one of the best spots for smallmouth bass. Catfish and rock bass can also be found in Tippecanoe.
Caboose Lake Campground
For casual fishers and families, Caboose Lake Campground in Remmington, Indiana, is an excellent option. Its 115 full-hookup RV sites surrounding small Caboose Lake give nearly everyone a waterfront view. Caboose Lake is stocked for fishing and patrons must pay a small fee per day to fish. HikerCentral.com also suggests nearby Mud Pine Creek, Big Pine Creek and Big Shawnee Creek for fishing and rafting. Other amenities offered at Caboose Lake Campground include laundry, dog park, wireless Internet, concessions and boat rental.
Michigan City Campground
Located just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan, Michigan City Campground is equipped for everything from primitive tent camping to full-hookup RV camping. The campground has laundry, a pool, groceries and treats, sports facilities and a man-made fishing pond. For more serious fishing, nearby Pine Lake and Stone Lake are great for bluegill, perch, bass, walleye and northern pike fishing, according to Indiana Game & Fish.
- Dunes on Lake Michigan shore NW INdiana image by Steve Johnson from Fotolia.com