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Camping at Salamonie Lake

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Overview of Salamonie Lake

Salamonie Lake is a reservoir located in the central part of Indiana. It was created in 1966 for flood control, but now it is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for camping, fishing, hiking, and boating activities.

Camping at Salamonie Lake

Salamonie Lake offers a variety of camping options to accommodate different types of campers, including:

  • Campgrounds: The lake has both modern and primitive campgrounds. The modern campgrounds have electrical hookups and are near restroom facilities, whereas the primitive sites cater to those seeking a more rustic experience.

  • Horseman's Campground: For those with horses, there is a separate camping area designed for you and your equine companions, complete with horse trails.

  • Group Camping: There are facilities available for large groups who wish to camp together. These are typically more primitive and are meant to accommodate scout groups, church groups, and other organizations.

  • Cabin Rentals: For those who prefer a more comfortable stay, cabins can be rented.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites at Salamonie Lake can typically be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made online or over the phone.

  • Fees: There are different fees for different campsites and amenities. Fees may vary based on the type of site you choose (modern, primitive, group, equestrian) and any additional facilities you may require. Check the current pricing before planning your trip, as fees may change.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Restrooms and Showers: Salamonie Lake’s campgrounds are equipped with restrooms and shower facilities for camper convenience.

  • Playgrounds: Some campgrounds at Salamonie Lake have playgrounds nearby, making it family-friendly.

  • Boat Launch Ramps: If you're coming with a boat, there are ramps available for easy lake access.

  • Picnic Areas: There are several picnic spots equipped with tables and grills.

Activities at Salamonie Lake

  • Fishing: The lake is known for a variety of fish species like bass, walleye, catfish, and bluegill.

  • Hiking: For outdoor enthusiasts, there are miles of trails that wind through the surrounding landscape.

  • Boating: Motorized and non-motorized watercraft are welcome on the lake. Ensure you follow all boating regulations.

  • Swimming: While there's no designated swimming beach at Salamonie Lake, you can still enjoy the water.

  • Horse Riding: Along with the equestrian campgrounds, there are several trails designated for horseback riding.

Rules and Regulations

  • Firewood Regulation: To prevent the spread of invasive species, bringing firewood from out of state or certain counties within Indiana is prohibited. Purchase firewood locally.

  • Fishing License: If you plan on fishing, make sure you have an Indiana fishing license.

  • Alcohol Policy: Check the latest regulations surrounding the consumption of alcohol in the park as these rules can change.

  • Quiet Hours: Observe quiet hours (typically from 10 or 11 pm until 7 or 8 am) to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and be aware of the presence of animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and certain species of birds.

  • Pets: Pets should be kept on a leash and supervised at all times. Some campgrounds have specific rules regarding pets, so check in advance.

Weather Considerations

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit will depend on what type of outdoor experience you’re looking for. Summer months are popular for camping but also warmer.

  • Severe Weather: Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as Indiana's weather can change rapidly. Be prepared for severe weather by having a plan and knowing where to seek shelter.


Salamonie Lake offers accessible facilities for those with disabilities. However, it's best to check ahead with the park office for specific accessibility information related to campsites and other amenities.

Contact Information

Before heading out, it is advisable to contact the Salamonie Lake office or the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for the latest information on camping, facilities, and rules.

Remember, this information is subject to change, and it is crucial to verify details before going on your camping trip.

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