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Indiana RV Camping and Campgrounds

Indiana has a wide variety of RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations throughout Indiana.

Indiana Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

  • Private RV Parks - Research tools for finding the best privately owned RV parks and campgrounds in Indiana.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - NPS information about Indiana National Park Service administered lands and RV camping.
  • US Forest Service - Official USFS information about RV camping in the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted on lands managed by the USFS. Includes public campground information.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about COE lakes and RV camping opportunities in Indiana.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Indiana. Most wildlife areas do not permit camping in Indiana. Check refuge regulations about restrictions.

State RV Camping Information

Campground Reservations

  • Camping Reservations - Make your Indiana RV camping Indiana Federal campground reservations and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.

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Free RV Camping In Indiana

Public Land offers many free RV dispersed camping opportunities. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has some free RV camping facilities. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV camping sites on public lands.

The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Indiana.

Limited free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available in Indiana on USDA National Forest lands, and state, county, private, and city properties offer overnight RV parking opportunities as well.

FRENCH LICK French Lick Camping Location
Free RV camping is permitted at the USDA designated Shirley Creek Camp. Great boondocking location.

HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST Hoosier National Forest Camping Locations
Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is allowed in the USDA Hoosier National Forest. Located in south central Indiana, the forest offers free designated camping areas, usually called "Horse Camps", that are available for RV use as well. Check with local ranger districts for recommended free camping areas.

LOGANSPORT Logansport Camping Location
Numerous pull-offs on S side of US-24 for 3 mi starting at E edge of town.

NORMAN STATION Norman Station Camping Location
You can really get away from it all at the USDA Hickory Ridge Camp. Free camping is available with vault toilets

Indiana Public Campgrounds

Indiana public campgrounds are great destinations for RV camping trips. Located throughout the state, USDA Forest Service, State Parks, State Forests, and USACE/COE (US Army Corps of Engineers) offer facilities from primitive campsites for full hookup campgrounds.

ANGOLA Angola Camping Location
Bordering 2 lakes, Pokagon State Park offers RV camping. 200 electric and 73 non electric campsites, playground, swimming, and more.

BATTLE GROUND Battle Ground Camping Location
Camping is available at Prophetstown State Park. Be sure to read the web site's access directions...even if you are not going!

BLOOMINGTON Bloomington Camping Location
200 campsites, some with electric, others with electric and water, and still more with no hookups are available at the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. This USDA recreation area is packed with outdoor recreation activities for the whole family.

BLUFFTON Bluffton Camping Location
Located on Kunkel Lake, RV camping is available at Ouabache State Park. Pronounced "Wabash", this park has 77 electric campsites, 47 non electric sites, and an RV dump station.

CORYDON Corydon Camping Location
Primitive and electric campsites are available at O'Bannon Woods State Park. Located near the historic limestone state capitol building. Fishing, hiking, boating and more.

MICHIGAN CITY Michigan City Camping Location
RV camping is available at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 53 conventional drive up campsites plus 25 walk in sites. First come first serve campground.

NEW HARMONY New Harmony Camping Location
200 electric campsites area available at Harmonie State Park. Boating, fishing, trails are just some of the outdoor recreation opportunities available. There is even an RV dump station available.

VERSAILLES Versailles Camping Location
A 230 acre lake and 226 electric campsites are available at Versailles State Park. Outdoor activites include swimming, boat rental, RV camping, fishing, hiking, and RV dump.

The location map images for finding RV camping locations in Indiana are derived from Topo North America 10.0 and used with their exclusive permission. These map images only display a very limited area. DeLorme's Topo 6.0 covers the entire USA with highly detailed maps that can be zoomed in or out, moved, printed, and interfaced with GPS units. 3-D views, tracking and route planning, as well as map annotation ability are included. BLM administered lands are available free with registration of the program.

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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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RV Camping Ideas In Indiana

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Indiana. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Indiana due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Indiana. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.

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