With its tall grass prairies, Prophetstown is such a nice change from the deciduous forests of most of the Indiana State Parks. This park continues to be our favorite Indiana State Park not only because of the scenery but also because of the Historic Prophetstown farm and Native American Village, the nearby Tippecanoe Battlefield, Wolf Park Sanctuary and the proximity to Lafayette and Purdue University. The campground itself is well laid out and shows considerable thought went into its planning. The full hookup sites have sufficient vegetation that allows for considerable privacy. The electric only sites are located with a full view of the prairie. Ground was broken this October (2012) for an Aquatic Center with an additional campground to follow. Future plans include more hiking trails and perhaps a mountain bike trail. Hopefully, the park with all the upcoming improvements will still retain its quiet, peaceful nature.
Kil-So-Qua is situated on the J.E. Roush reservoir property. In the last year it was moved from the DNR State Park system to the DNR Fish and Wildlife system which removed many of its services. The beach is now closed and bike trails are no longer in use. The primary use for the property is now for hunting and fishing. The state no longer allows reservations for this property as well so all sites are on a first come-first served basis. That being said this is a very nice campground. The only toilets available are pit toilets which are clean and there are no bathhouses. There are several areas to fill water tanks in the campground as well as by the dump station which is near the boat ramp. Be aware that the four pull through sites are not electric and the primitive area is very difficult if not impossible for a big rig to maneuver. The non-electric cost is eight dollars per night and all payments are on a honor system. This recreation area is just off of US 224 about four miles from Interstate 69. It is a nice weekend getaway or a great overnight while traveling. If it had a bathhouse I would have rated this a 9 or a 10.
We have camped here many times for weekend get a ways since it is close to home. The actual campground is at Miami State Recreational area as a part of the Mississinewa reservoir complex. Be sure not to confuse it with the private campground below the dam. What other reviewers have said are on the mark except to my surprise there is now WI-FI available to most of the campsites. The broadcast antennae are mounted on the water tower so the closer the site is to the water tower the stronger the signal. The lake is strictly a flood control reservoir so be aware that water levels can fluctuate. Reservations are available via Reserve America. Weekends are busy and the full hook up sites are almost always full well ahead of the weekend so plan accordingly. The comfort stations are clean but could use an upgrade.
Since this park is close to home we have camped here many times for a weekend get away. The park is ran by the Indiana DNR but the lake is controlled by the Corps of Engineers. The upside to this park is that there are many very nice campsites. The downside is that there are some very poor sites that are very small, crowded or unlevel. It helps to know the campground if making reservations. The weekends are generally full but the weekdays are not so potentially a good site is open and a little driving around could help find one. The drought took its toll this year and the lake is too low to allow swimming. Fishing can be erratic since it is a flood control reservoir and lake levels can fluctuate considerably. However, finding a site like in the 200 area (except 201) or the 188 area can be rewarding. Fifty amp is offered in a few select sites and there is no other hookups, but the DNR did add another dump station. There is a general fee to get into the park above the camping fee so be aware. Given the fact that we know the park it is still one of our favorite places to camp and of course we will camp here again.
This is the fourth time that we have stayed at this campground. The new concrete pads are a great addition. According to their website (updated with this review) there is wireless available at the office, but we did not try it. Free passes are given out to the local beach, but this year passes are for the local Cicero pool because of the drought. A small pool on the property would be a great addition. The water/electric sites toward the back share a common utility pole for every two sites and the bath house in that area does not have showers, so one must go to the entrance bathhouse to shower if desired. There are grass sites for tents and some grass sites with water and 15 amp outlets. There is adequate space between all the sites, but some sites have much more room behind them than others. It is near the Strawtown Koteewi "Prairie" Park which has a "nature" center demonstrating the archeological digs on that property and two nice trails through the prairie. If the opportunity arises we will stay here again.
This is basically a very nice park but somewhat a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in that the wooded campsites are very nice and rival a State Park for privacy and shade but the sites in the open are completely unshaded, yet they are adequately spaced. The tent sites were very nice as well and some were isolated from the rest of the park. The restrooms/showers by the office were clean and separate and the other bathhouse I visited was clean. The pool is very nice but a bit small and got crowded one evening. The internet was very erratic and could be slow at times which could have been caused by a small bandwidth available to the park itself. Even though this was Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown and the park was full it was generally very quiet and peaceful. With the internet so slow and the lack of cable I cannot give the park a higher rating but if we ever come to Cooperstown again, we will stay here.
This is a very large park with quite a large number of seasonal campers. However, the park was clean and seemed to be well maintained. There are two different pools. One is for 21 and over which is a nice added feature. The cost does not include free internet unless you go to a couple of the free WiFi hot spots. I would think for the cost free internet could be included. Also, there are golf carts everywhere which distracts from any sort of peacefulness that one could get from staying here. Perhaps a permit with some sort of demonstration for the need (handicapped, elderly) for a golf cart could limit the numbers. Although no waterfront site exists, there are some sites next to a couple of ponds but the number of geese and duck droppings somewhat distract from that. There is access to Lake Erie owned by the campground but we did not use it. This would be a nice park for kids with the pool, miniature golf and other activities. We would stay here again and perhaps even longer that a one night stop over.
This is an ok campground, but not one that we would enjoy as a destination, as so many campers here seemed to be doing. The campground is big and pretty busy with very little privacy. The internet signal was strong and there were plenty of cable channels. The area is very nice to visit and would be worth visiting the area again. For this reason we would stay here again if the opportunity arises.
This is a very quiet and clean park. The rest rooms are in individual rooms for complete privacy and are very clean. The roads to the campsite were very adequate and the campsite was very level. The only real complaint I have was that I had a strong wireless signal but my computer would not recognize it. I have had no trouble before or since connecting to the internet. At check in, I was told that the only place that the campground could guarantee a connection was in the office. At the price charged, connection should be trouble free. Also, as a heads up the Ohio map we used was not clear for access to I-80 and we missed our exit, but took Ohio 303 instead which did save a small toll. All in all a very good stop over, but the wireless needs attention.
The addition of the mountain bike trail made our stay even nicer than in years past. I also found out that the DNR purchased Cave River Valley where I would camp and explore the caves many years ago. A shortage of funds has limited its development but should be a nice addition to Spring Mill only if the caves can remain protected. Be aware that many sites are not level and the water hook ups may be as much as 100 feet from your camper. We purchased our corn meal in the village and sought relief from the heat in the Park's fantastic pool. A Friday evening meal at the Inn was very enjoyable.
Very nice campground and also very clean albeit a little expensive. The price listed on their website is lower because of taxes and hotel fees added to the price. Internet use was limited to an hour and I only saw one shower in the men's restroom which could be a problem.
Very nice park. I wish that we could have stayed longer. Gate 1 has pull through sites with water and electric while gate 5 has back in sites with sewer as well. The park was nearly full on Thursday and we were told that it will fill up late Thursday or Friday. They do not take reservations.