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Pet Campgrounds Portage IN

RV camping with Pets and Kids can be challenging and controversial. This family enjoys full time RVing, and juggles it all. When we first decided to become full-time RVers, we never imagined that we would find ourselves playing defense for a way of life that we love so much. Needless to say, full-time RVing isn’t for everyone. Space is tight. Fuel is expensive. And even though you’re living out in the margins of society – there are still deadlines to meet, bills to pay, things to fix, and lessons to learn.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
(219) 762-2155
5520 Old Porter Rd
Portage, IN
 
Sand Creek Campgrounds
(219) 926-7482
1000 N 350 E
Chesterton, IN
 
Candy Stripe Camp Site
(219) 462-0784
446 W Division Rd
Valparaiso, IN
 
Camp Quality II
(708) 895-8311
Po Box 641
Lansing, IL
 
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's Jellystone Camp
(219) 762-7757
5300 Old Porter Rd
Portage, IN
 
Mink Lake Campground
(219) 462-9570
658 N State Road 49
Valparaiso, IN
 
Michigan City Campground
(219) 872-7600
1601 N Us Highway 421
Michigan City, IN
 
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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Life on the Road with Pets and Kids

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Life on the Road with Pets and Kids


By Julee Meltzer

When we first decided to become full-time RVers, we never imagined that we would find ourselves playing defense for a way of life that we love so much. Needless to say, full-time RVing isn’t for everyone. Space is tight. Fuel is expensive. And even though you’re living out in the margins of society – there are still deadlines to meet, bills to pay, things to fix, and lessons to learn.

However, when we first started writing about RVing with pets, we ran into an unexpected form of resistance from other pet owners that disapproved of the treatment of our traveling companions. The criticism, it seems, stems from the assertion that cats and dogs were not meant to spend their lives moving from place to place.

At first glance, I found their comments (usually delivered by e-mail) a little odd - given the fact that cats and dogs have accompanied travelers since time began. Explorers routinely took dogs along (and still do) for both companionship and protection. And without cats, ocean voyages would have been nearly impossible due to uncontrolled rodent populations that would have devoured essential food supplies and spread disease. Today, cats and dogs routinely accompany people on houseboats, yachts, RVs, cars, and everything else that move from place to place.

And yet the criticism still remains. And then, when I gave birth to my first child last year, people were amazed that a couple living in an RV could cope with the challenges of bringing a baby into the world. (Of course, they weren’t the only ones). But it was only a matter of time when a familiar criticism made its way into the conversation. And once again, the criticism stemmed from the assertion that children were not meant to spend their lives moving from place to place.

Once more, we looked for evidence to support the idea that life on the road was a potential detriment to a child’s well-being. After all, we would want to be the first to know if our actions were morally or otherwise irresponsible. But like so many things involving people, things aren’t always as simple as they appear. As it turns out, our decision to become full-time RVers was largely influenced by the needs of my husband who suffers from debilitating chronic pain; we needed to find a way to stay in warm weather all year. So when we are sporadically criticized by other people as a result of our unorthodox lifestyle and the effects on our pets and children - we take solace in the fact that we are, in fact, making the most out of a difficult situation.

That being said, if I were a cat or a dog, I would like nothing more than to spend my days and nights living and traveling on the road. When we lived in a house and maintained a “regular” life, our pets invariably had to endure the consequences of a lifestyle that was comparatively more stressful, more hectic, and less stimulating. The cats and dogs spent much of their lives napping or wa...

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