Paddle your kayak or canoe to this private campsite on the riverbank of the beautiful Tippecanoe River fed by 88 lakes. Only accessible via the river, this campsite offers extreme privacy. You'll need to bring your own kayak or canoe to access the site. Once there, You'll be surrounded by some of the tallest old growth 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. Car parking available on private property while you paddle to the site and camp.
- Check in: After 5PM
- Check out: Before 6PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Tippecanoe Riverside
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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!