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There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

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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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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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,

Bixler Lake Campground (City Park)
(260) 347-1064
Kendallville, IN
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Pigeon River State Fish & Wildlife Area
(260) 367-2164
Lagrange, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Canoeing, Pond Fishing

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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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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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Rupert's Resort Campground*
(574) 546-2657
3408 W Shore Dr
Bremen, IN
Campground Availability
May 01-Sep 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
(877) 478-3657
Santa Claus, IN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby
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Lake Haven Retreat*
(317) 783-5267
1951 W Edgewood Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Golf Nearby

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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