Paddle your kayak or canoe to this private campsite on the riverbank of the beautiful Tippecanoe River fed by 88 lakes. The site is accessible via the river for those that like to kayak camp. For those less adventurous, the site is also accessible on foot via a short trail through the woods. The campsite offers extreme privacy. Once there, You'll be surrounded by some of
Paddle your kayak or canoe to this private campsite on the riverbank of the beautiful Tippecanoe River fed by 88 lakes. The site is accessible via the river for those that like to kayak camp. For those less adventurous, the site is also accessible on foot via a short trail through the woods. The campsite offers extreme privacy. Once there, You'll be surrounded by some of the tallest trees that northern Indiana has to offer. Your camp neighbors consist of deer, beaver, river otters, mink, owls, Bald Eagles, raccoon, ducks, geese, coyotes, rabbits, bats, opossum, muskrat, squirrels, snakes, turtles, frogs, and many species of birds. As nature intended, this is a primitive site in which you must bring everything with you and take everything with you when you leave. This is what "real" camping is all about! Campfire wood may be scavenged from the surrounding woods from dead or fallen trees. Precut firewood is also available at the backup site at no charge as long as it lasts. Parking is located at the backup site. You can drive your car, truck, motorcycle, or small motorhome right to the backup site using a well manicured solid dirt/sand drive. Occasionally, mother nature unleashes a torrential rain and the Tippecanoe River rises to flood stage inundating the riverside site making it unusable. When that happens, you MUST use the backup site which is on high ground. When the river is at flood stage, floodwater nearly surrounds the entirety of the backup site. This makes the backup site a very unique camping experience as well!
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Tippecanoe Riverside in Indiana.
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Mosquito haven was so cool! Gary was really friendly and welcoming and has really awesome property right near the river, it’s secluded but not too far of a walk from where you park your car. There is also a platform that you can pitch your tent on and a lot of trees to hang hammocks from. If you are ever canoeing or kayaking down the river this would be a PERFECT spot to pull off and camp for the night!
We got a late start on our way to Gary’s property and we’re two hours later than expected. Gary was very hospitable, said “no problem” and left a friend’s house to meet us and lead us to the site. He was really excellent to deal with and seems to sincerely want to create an affordable, secluded spot to come off the Tippecanoe and get away from it all.
So Gary’s great but what about the site? Well, there are two, actually: a perfectly cromulent spot a little nearer to Gary’s house with a fire ring, tiki torches, grills and an inlet put-in to the Tippe and a second, further back spot with a secondary put-in, a floating-platform repurposed as a tent platform, a lovely riverview and not much else. The further back spot was exactly what we were after.
I searched for weeks to find a secluded dispersed camping spot fewer than 3 hours from Chicago that was canoe-friendly. Gary’s place was perfect and I’ll likely head back again. Check it out!
This spot is such a beautiful getaway. From the river surrounding the peninsula to the abundance of wildlife, everything about this campsite makes it an amazing place for rest, adventure, and renewal. Gary is a generous and hospitable host, ensuring his guests have all they need to enjoy their stay. He welcomed me to enjoy a float on one of his kayaks, and I spent a sunny afternoon paddling and soaking in the beauty of the water. I look forward to returning for future visits and highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a lovely little tucked-away paradise!
Gary was a most generous host and the site was exactly what we needed. The river was high so we could not use the primary site but there is a backup site that has a picnic table, two benches, and a fire pit with plenty of spots for the 2 tents and 3 hammocks we had set up. Gary let us use his kayaks and also provided all the wood we needed, he runs a sawmill with his friends and has plenty of logs. It was perfect for our group of 6 And just let us get away from everything.
Gary was extremely fast at answering our questions and getting back with us for whatever we needed.
Gary is the best. so was this site!
Dudes!! Gary is the shit! Kayaking here was also such a blast. We didn’t have foil, but he hooked us up. The site was perfect and plenty of space to stretch out. There was tons of fire wood so we didn’t have to get any. It was also nice there was a compost toilet. 10 out of 10. Would recommend and camp again!
Great site, amazing host
Due to wet weather recently we used the back up site.
Site was clean and cut upon arrival. Host showed us around the area and showed us where the regular site is. We were able to Launch our kayaks from the site with no issues.
The river had some downed trees from recent storms but other than that was clear and possible without any difficulty or fording. There is plenty of shade and a good breeze to keep you safe from the sun and cool during the heat of the summer.
The Host was an amazing person. Kind of like that friend that is always helpful and you’re glad to have by your side. We will definitely be returning to this site in the future.