Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Family RV Campgrounds Portage IN

Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn't have to be. Here are top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
(219) 762-7757
Portage, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Sand Creek Campground*
(219) 926-7482
1000 N CR 350 E
Chesterton, IN
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
(800) 421-7116, (219) 762-7757
5300 Old Porter Road
Portage, IN
Campground Availability
926 Total Camp/RV Sites, 916 30 Amp Service, 10 50 Amp Service, 926 Electric and Water, 926 Full Hookups, 40 Max RV Length, 10 Pull-Thru Sites, 50 Seasonal,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Internet Access at Site, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Snack Bar,

Lost Acres RV Park
(574) 583-5198
Monticello, IN
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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West Boggs Park (Daviess-Martin County)
(812) 295-3421
Loogootee, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Indiana Dunes SP
(219) 926-1952
Chesterton, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Michigan City Campground*
(800) 813-2267
1601 N US 421
Michigan City, IN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Caboose Lake Campground*
(219) 261-3828
3657 W US 24
Remington, IN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Blackhawk Campground
(765) 795-4795
Cloverdale, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Boating, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Shipshewana Campground-South
(260) 768-4669
Shipshewana, IN
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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RV Traveling with Children

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by RA Manseau · 2 Comments  

Three children in car

ARE WE THERE YET? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those words had never been invented! Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn’t have to be. I have raised four children and have six grandchildren and I love taking them with me. I have learned what works well, what works for a while and what not to bother trying. (Don’t bother telling them to be quite or still! They really can’t do either very long.) Here are my top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip.

Preparations for Traveling with Children

Snacks

Children are always hungry and thirsty. It will cut down the whining if they don’t have to go hungry and thirsty the whole trip. When packing for the family trip plan mess free snacks, stay away from chocolate or any other melty sticky gooey food stuff that you don’t want to clean off the seats, floors and windows. Bring bottled water, and a felt tip pen to mark names on bottles. Don’t bring anything in the car that when spilled will make a sticky stain. Doesn’t Natural Law state, “The messier the mess the more likely the spill?”

Allow extra time

Depending on just how far your family trip is and how much time you have. Plan time for scheduled restroom breaks. Don’t let restroom stops be optional! If you plan restroom stops at even intervals and make everyone get out of the car and “try” to go, you will have a lot less, “But, I didn’t have to go then.” Even with scheduled stops there will be times when traveling with children that they need to “go.” And, there isn’t anything to do then but stop the car. But if you make them at least try to go potty at the scheduled stops, you will find the necessity for unplanned stops greatly reduced.

Little girl in puddle

Take extra clothes

It is inevitable that if you don’t take extra clothes on your family trip, you will end up at the store buying them or have a child that is cold and miserable for hours. Children spill, fall down, find puddles and wet there pants. That is just the way they are, they really can’t help it! Bring a plastic bag to put the wet clothes into so they aren’t soaking into the carpet or worst case scenario, stinking up the car. It only takes an extra few minutes of preparation to save a lot of bother later.

On the Family Trip

Be free

Family trips are about everyone in the family having a good time. Children love to feel empowered and free. They love to think that you put everything on hold for them. One of the best memories I hear my children talk about was a time when we were on a 6 hour drive home and we passed a sign on the freeway that said, “Zoo next exit” They were tickled pink when I said, “Do you want to go to the zoo?” The choice was theirs, they were empowered, and by doing something totally off the plan they felt free. (So did I) We got home a little later than I had planned and I was tired the next day. But, I wo...

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