Break out the sleeping bags, grab the marshmallows, pack your tent or hop in the RV, it’s camping season in northwest Indiana! It is time to get together with friends and family around the campfire, go on early morning trail walks, relax on the lake and roast some weenies. I know I’m excited for burnt marshmallows and lake days and have already started planning my camping trip. 

Here are a few campground options in northern Indiana to get your camping trip planning started, including two within the Indiana Dunes.

Dunewood Campground

Indiana Dunes National Park, Beverly Shores

The Indiana Dunes (including the National Park and State Park) stretches 25 miles along Lake Michigan's south shore. Indiana Dunes National Park, the 61st National Park, has always had a campground. Starting in 2019, you will have the option to reserve your campsite ahead of time! If you prefer camping on a whim and not planning ahead, no worries, there are still some campsites on a first-come-first-serve basis. Since this campground is at the National Park, there is no shortage of activities you can do. For ideas, check out our list of 61 Things to Do at the Indiana Dunes. There are tons of nature trails and the campground is just 1.5 miles from Lake View Beach on Lake Michigan. This campground does not have electric hookups so plan accordingly.

Indiana Dunes State Park Campground


This other Indiana Dunes Campground is located within the State Park in Chesterton. This campground is only steps away from Lake Michigan and you have easy access to lots of nature trails and activities. There is also a Nature Center located at the campground with programs available as well as seasonal events such as festivals and stargazing.

Kids jumping off inflatables into the water at Caboose Lake Campground

Caboose Lake Campground


Caboose Lake is the perfect campground for the “glamper” in the family. While this campground does have traditional campsites, there are also cabins, cabooses, and yurt rentals available. Make sure you get wristbands for the kiddos for the Summer Beach Family Fun Zone while you’re there! This beach includes inflatables, a water jungle gym, 25-foot trampoline, and water platform. The beach will also have bumper boats, kayaks, pedal boats, and fishing boats available to rent. 

Lakeshore Camp Resort


This campground is jam-packed full of activities for everyone in the family. They have everything from mini golf and wagon rides to pools and boat rentals. Check out Lakeshore Camp Resort's full list of activities here. They also have cabins, boats and golf carts available for rent. The cabins here are fully stocked with a microwave, mini fridge, toaster, coffee maker and A/C. Definitely glamper approved. This campground is also pet-friendly so bring your furry friends along.

We would love to share your camping trip experiences, so make sure to use #AlongTheSouthShore on social media so we can see all the fun you’re having this summer!