Shades State Park Campground

Indiana State Park

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South 890 West Waveland, IN 47989 765-435-2810 Reservations: 800-456-2267 Official Website

GPS: 39.9332, -87.0861

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Overview of Shades State Park Campground

For cars, trucks and campers, the entrance fee is $7 per vehicle for in-state plates and $9 per vehicle for out-of-state plates, seven days a week including holidays. For pedestrians, bicycles, buses and passenger vans, the entrance fee is $2 per person. When staying overnight, you will be required to pay the entrance fee the first time you enter and your receipt will serve as your in/out pass the remainder of your stay. In-state annual entrance permits (AEPs) are $50. Out-of-state annual entrance permits are $70. Golden Hoosier permits are $25.

Number of Sites 105

Pad Type gravel

Reservations yes

Elevation 754 ft / 229 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Shades State Park Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Last reported 10/20/2023
1 review
“Fairly Primitive.”

Reviewed 10/20/2023

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 50
Overall Rating

We stayed in the middle of October and had no problems, other than a Verizon cell signal that varied between zero bars and one bar. We were basically incommunicado. We finally got two bars on a hike via Trail One. We stayed at Site 50 and enjoyed it, but with dry camping, we had to constantly monitor our water and battery usage.

Verizon 5G

Hoosier Daddy would stay here again

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Bisbee, AZ
83 reviews
“Well-maintained campground in a beautiful scenic area”

Reviewed 8/27/2017

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 93
RV Length: 20' (Pop Up Camper)
Overall Rating

Camped Mon-Wed ($16/night rate), August 21-24, 2017.

There's much beauty to see here, with awesome hikes through deep ravines, sandstone cliffs, streams and beautiful forests. Sugar Creek runs through Shades and another beautiful state park, Turkey Run, which is just down the road. When camping, you pay the entrance fee once ($9 out of state/$7 Indiana residents). This also covers the entrance fee at Turkey Run, so you don't pay again if you want to visit that park and take advantage of their amenities.

Shades is more low-key, and the campground is all non-electric. There is no camp store, but the main gate sold bug spray, ice and firewood. Going there after the Indiana kids returned to school & during the week meant the park was pretty much empty.

There are 4 loops to the campground. Most all sites are large with vegetation on each side for some privacy; some had a little path between sites. Many were wooded & shady, with no grass; others though were grassier and more open. Pads are back-in (some longer than others) and are paved with a cement stopper at the end. All had a picnic table & fire ring with movable grill.

We had no cell service in the campground, but when we got to an area by Trail 2, we suddenly had service (maybe 1 or 2 bars).

Shower house was clean, with hand soap dispenser, hand dryers and a fan at the ceiling to circulate air. There are 2 regular-sized shower stalls & 1 handicapped. Handicapped had a hand-held shower head. The other 2 had somewhat low shower heads; had to bend down a bit to wash my hair. Husband said the men's shower, you had to continually push a button to keep the water going (not so in the women's, just a regular on/off handle).

Vault toilets were open type with screens, and 2 stalls with no doors (mens: 1 stall & a urinal). Not messy, but the one by us was smelly.

Water spigots were throughout the campground and had a drinking fountain on the opposite side of spigot. Also there were aluminum can recycling bins, which was nice. For RVs, there is a dump station and a water fill station.

Maintained trails were nice and wide; some have stairs and bridges across ravines, a couple have ladders. In other places you walk a creek bottom or alongside running water. There is also the adjacent Pine Hills Nature Preserve, with more hiking trails.

Other activities: you can fish in the pond within Shades. Sugar Creek access for kayaks and canoes is at Deer's Mill Covered Bridge. There's a place there to rent kayaks or canoes for river excursions (Clements Canoes - they also have tent camping & cabins). Hiking at Shades and Turkey Run is absolutely gorgeous. Turkey Run has an Olympic-sized pool, a nature center, an Inn, a saddle barn, tennis courts, and historic structures. Between Shades and Turkey Run is Lake Waveland, a 248-acre park with camping and more activities. Lake is large enough for motor boating; to get into the park to launch a boat is $7.

Gas station is down the road in Waveland; they have some food supplies but don't have booze. The bar nearby has carry-out though.

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WhatsNext_OutWest would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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