People playing cornhole with a camper in the background

About

About

People playing cornhole with a camper in the background

About Sullivan County Park & Lake Campground

A view of a decorated camper and campsite in front of tall pine trees.

Season Dates: Open March 1 to October 31

Come and relax in this beautiful, fun, and friendly environment! 

Sullivan County Park & Lake features a beautiful 461 acre lake surrounded by 460 acres of land offering over 500 campsites, boating and water sports, fishing, shelter houses and cabin rentals. The property includes a new playground and basketball court, fish cleaning station, golf course and golf cart rentals, over 114 seasonal boat slip rentals, beach, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and fishing boat and pontoon rentals. Live bait, propane, and firewood are also available.

The park hosts several festivals and events which include live music, fireworks, vendors, and many other fun activities for all ages.

The park is located 25 miles south of Terre Haute and I-70 and is easily accessible from US Highway 41 west of Sullivan. It is also located within two miles of retail shopping and restaurants.

Please see Camping Rates and Park Prices for further details.

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Site prices include up to 6 people per site and 2 licensed vehicles (including all trailer types). You may request a specific site, however site numbers are not guaranteed.

For guests who may arrive outside of our usual business hours, your reserved site information will be available via a posted envelope on the Registration Building window. The next morning, please stop by the Office again to complete the check-in process.

Park & Lake History

January 1, 1954
Idea Generation

Sullivan Lake was an idea that originated in the Soil Conservation Department in 1954 as a part of the Busseron Watershed Project.

January 1, 1965
Planning Begins

Planning for the lake started in 1965 by the Sullivan County Park and Recreation Board, which was the first such board to be organized in Indiana.

April 22, 1967
Groundbreaking

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Sullivan Lake designated the start of construction on the $1.2M project. It was held on Morrison Creek on the old Conservation Club grounds east of Sullivan.

May 25, 1969
Grand Opening

The dedication ceremony officially kicked off the grand opening celebrations with a 3-day Extravaganza.

Special Features

Unique Camp Store

Snacks, soda, souvenirs, gifts, supplies, firewood, ice (no tobacco or alcohol available)

Nightly Group Campfire

Join us for days of singing, cooking out on the campfire, games, unique arts and crafts and so much more!

Restrooms & Showers

Compact and easy to use. Place in a sunny location, allowing the warmth of the sun to warm your shower water!

Free Wireless Internet

We have 5 wifi antennas on the ground to cover camping and thus allow you to remain “connected” via our network

Bike Rentals

You are planning an epic road ride into the mountains? Campgrounds has the perfect rental bike for you

Playground

Come and enjoy traditional playground activities including arts and craftsasports and day trips

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our camping season runs from March 1 to October 31. We are in the process of putting in four year-round campsites that will be metered for electric.

The park office is open during the camping season Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm, and also on the first and last Saturday of the month from 8am to 12pm. 

The gatehouse is open 24/7 during the peak camping season.

The entry fee is $7 per vehicle. There is also an annual pass available per vehicle for $40.

You can view them here: Camping Rates and Park Prices

You can download them here: Camping Rates and Park Prices

Or, we can email you a price sheet or give specific rates via phone call.

Our sites are various sizes. We can give specific site dimensions via a phone call. Our sites can also accommodate 40ft RVs.

We have eight monthly/seasonal camp sites that are full hook-up currently. When one becomes available, it goes up for lottery.

No, as that is considered subletting and is prohibited by the park. If you rent a campsite, you need to be the one occupying it.

Our park has maintenance during the day and security in the evening and overnight. On the weekends, there is security 24 hours/day.

Camping requires payment in full at the time of reservation. Cabin rentals only need to be reserved and can be paid upon arrival.

We have daily and weekly campsites we can place you on with the correct amperage. We also rent reducers and adapters at the gatehouse.

Yes, we sell 20 pieces of wood for $10.

Yes, we sell propane for $4 per gallon.

Yes, you can lay gravel, but you cannot expand the lot size any larger than where there is already gravel. Once you lay gravel, it becomes park property. You can’t take it with you when vacating the campsite.

We can provide you a listing of names and phone numbers of businesses in the area who haul rock.

No. There are companies in the area that do offer WiFi services.

The first business day after New Year’s Day we begin taking cabin reservations for the new year.

No, pets are not currently allowed in the cabins.

Yes. We have two large shelter houses that rent for $40 per day (for non-campers it’s $50) and four small shelter houses that rent for $25 per day (for non-campers it’s $30). The shelter house is yours for the entire day.

No. The only thing allowed are golf carts.

Only licensed drivers with a valid driver’s license are permitted to drive a golf cart in the park. We sell annual golf cart passes for $50, but you must sign a golf cart waiver and provide proof of insurance.

Yes, but only for use on the golf course if you are playing.

No. Our beach is swim at your own risk.

Yes. Please notify the gatehouse or office and maintenance or security can bring you one if one is available.

Yes. There is no charge for the wedding location, but there is a rental fee for a shelter house. Your guest will still have to pay the gate entry fee unless arrangements to pay ahead for your guests have been made. Please inquire at the park office for more information.

Generally, the fireworks are held the Saturday night before or during the 4th of July weekend with a rain date on Sunday night.

Generally at dusk. Dusk is somewhere between 9:30pm and 10pm – whenever it gets dark.

Yes. We are a county owned park and the state sticker doesn’t allow entry.

Yes, they do and especially on holiday weekends.

Yes. The DNR stocks our lake every couple of years with walleye fingerlings. We also have creel studies done from time to time that tells what types of fish habitat are in our waters.

Yes. We sell live bait at the gatehouse. There are also businesses in town that sell minnows.

Our lake primarily has small and largemouth bass, walleye, saugeye, crappie, red ear, bluegill, and catfish.

Most of the time, you should do great with minnows or any live bait. It really depends upon the time of year you are coming.

We have many bass tournaments each year. Each club needs to call the park office and fill out an application for approval. If the dates requested are available, they are put on a calendar schedule. We do not book more than one tournament in one day.

We do our hiring for the current year in the later part of January through the first part of February. Any openings will be posted then.

We are Waiting for You

990 East Picnic Rd, Sullivan, IN 47882
990 East Picnic Rd, Sullivan, IN 47882
(812) 268-5537
(812) 268-5537
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