Prophetstown State Park was built in 2004, making it the newest state park in the state of Indiana. It has 2,000 acres of land dedicated to the restoration of natural habitats such as prairie lands and wetlands, and the preservation of the history of Prophetstown. In the 1800s, a decisive battle took place, the Battle of Tippecanoe, between the Native Americans and US forces. William Henry Harrison, the governor of Indiana Territory at the time, moved 1,200 troops to Prophetstown in response to the Native Americans gathering to attack their common enemy, and the result was the complete destruction of Prophetstown. The battle lasted two hours and Prophetstown was burned to the ground at the request of Governor Harrison.
Today, Prophetstown focuses on preserving the Native American history that was retrieved from the rubble of 1811. There is a museum dedicated to the events of Prophetstown and a monument within the park that pays homage to the tribes that live in the area. Explore the history of the 1920s with the Farm of Prophetstown, a non-profit organization that rents 125 acres of land to demonstrate farm life during the early 20th century.
Besides the historical value of the park, there are trails and modern campsites with 110 spots for RV camping. Many of the sites offer full hookups with shade from the summer sun and shrubs for privacy. The park offers fishing, biking, and many more activities in the summer with moderate temperatures. Many like to visit the Wabash River nearby for a dip. The winter offers walk-ins, reservations, and snow to play in, eat, or just make a snowman. Whenever you decide to bring your RV to Prophetstown State Park, you’ll be guaranteed a great experience.
RV Rentals in Prophetstown State Park
Transportation in Prophetstown State Park
Located in northern Indiana a short distance from I-65, Prophetstown State Park is a historic getaway awaiting your arrival. To make sure you arrive at the main entrance rather than the back entrance take the left on Swisher Road. The roads are well paved and maintained and on the way to the park, you will see signs indicating the right path to take. There are two campgrounds in the park where you can reserve a spot at the main office of the park.
Prophetstown State Park has lovely farmer’s markets, dining options, grocery stores, and museums within a mile of its location. Within ten miles, you will find laundry facilities, motels, RV/camper maintenance, golfing, and boutique shops. If you want to try a few things in the area, ask one of the locals where some of the best places to eat are. If you just want to grab a snack on your way into the park, then right off I-65, there are plenty of fast food places to stop by and grab a bite.
Visitors to the park enjoy moderate summers and snowy winters. The paved roads are maintained all year and ready for use, making RV travel a breeze. It is recommended that you walk around the park or ride your bike in the warmer months though to save you the trouble of having to find a parking space for your car or RV.
Campgrounds and parking in Prophetstown State Park
Campsites in Prophetstown State Park
Prophetstown Spruce Campground
This campground offers full hookups with spacious lots. The trees surrounding the lots provide shade and privacy. The lots are paved and the majority of them are leveled or have a slight incline. Firewood is available throughout the park. If you see that a specific area is running out of firewood, be sure to let the staff know. It is prohibited to collect firewood in all state parks, so be sure to use what is provided to you. Pets are allowed in the park but cannot be left unattended or walk around without a leash. Amenities include hot showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and fire rings. Keep in mind that the park is winterized each year in November and opens back up for full operations in late March to early April. You can stay up to 14 days at a time and can reserve your spot up to 11 months in advance.
Prophetstown Savannah Campground
The Prophetstown Savannah campground offers electric and water hookups. There is not a sewer hookup, but they do offer a dump station on the way out of the park. Firewood is available on the way into the park and at certain locations. Amenities include a fire ring, picnic table, hot showers, and restrooms. The lots are close together and some of them are buddy sites, so be sure to decide whether you want a buddy site before you reserve your spot. The lots do not offer a large amount of privacy, but the park has taken an initiative to plant shrubs and small trees between the lots for future privacy. Be sure to keep in mind that the park is winterized in November of every year and opens back with full operating bathrooms in late March to early April. There is a 14 day limit for your stay and you can make reservations up to 11 months in advance. Pets are welcome to join you during your stay.
First-Come, First-Served Options
If you come during the off-season, many of the sites at both campgrounds become available for walk-up, and reserving a spot is not always necessary. However, reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak season.
Seasonal activities in Prophetstown State Park
Visiting the Aquatic Center
The park offers a unique feature that is not seen in many state parks. The Aquatic Center is open Memorial Day to Labor Day every year. There are a few water rides including a 30-foot slide tube and aquatic basketball. You and your family can enjoy a whole day in the lazy river and concession area if you desire. Children less than four-years-old do not need to pay the entrance fee and can enjoy the kiddie pool. There are clean showers, restrooms, and changing rooms with lockers available for your convenience.
Prophetstown State Park offers five trails for you and your family to enjoy. There are three easy trails that run along the Tippecanoe River and the Prairie View. The moderate trails run along the Wabash River and Harrison Creek located in the west side of the park. Along the trails you can see some of the native plants and the park’s initiative to preserve the prairie lands. The majority of the trails are paved permitting pets to go for a walk if they remain on their leash the entire time. Remember to bring your water bottle and a pair of sturdy shoes to tackle the over 11 miles of trails in the park.
The Wabash River runs along the park, providing plenty of opportunities to go fishing. Remember to bring your license, which you can order online or purchase at the park’s main office. In town, you’ll find bait and tackle shops where you can pick some worms before you spend a day fishing. Remember to bring sunscreen and lunch if you plan on being out all day. Some of the delicious fish in the river are several varieties of bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, northern pike, and walleye. Be sure to read up on the rules and regulations before you go fishing to help preserve the ecosystem of the river. So don't forget to pack your fishing gear in your camper before you head to the park.
Exploring the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum
Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum is a national landmark that covers 96 acres of land. There is an 85-foot monument that pays homage to the Battle of Tippecanoe that took place in 1811 between the Native Americans and US forces in Prophetstown. The museum provides a look at the people and how their quality of life has improved since the first settlement in the Indiana Territory. The museum has ongoing research and genealogy to connect the current generations to their ancestors. They offer tours year-round and provide special discounts for military, senior citizens, and TCHA members.
Visiting the Prophetstown Farm
The Farm at Prophetstown offers a unique opportunity to see how farming was done in the 1920s. This 125-acre property highlights sustainable farming, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. The Farm is open all year and provides spaces for weddings, meetings, and other events. On the weekends, they offer tours for all ages and the delicious opportunity to taste some of the food grown on the farm. You can sign up for classes on beekeeping, gardening, cooking, quilting, and so much more.
There are 422 species of birds in Indiana, and of those, 125 are considered rare and 10 of them were newly introduced to the area. On the trails and around the park, you can spot the Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird, and many more. Each bird has a different call which can be heard in the early mornings and evenings throughout your stay. Bring a pair of binoculars in your RV if you want to go birding during your stay. Prophetstown State Park is a wonderful place to go birding during every season of the year.