If you head up north on Interstate 55, just a little north of Hammond, Louisiana, you can make a stop for a fun family weekend at one of our favorite private campgrounds, Indian Creek Campground in Independence.
Just 5 minutes off the interstate and along the Natalbany River in Independence, Indian Creek is a small family owned campground who prides itself on promoting a fun and festive family atmosphere. Several years ago, the Bowman family moved to Louisiana from up north and took over the campground and have made many changes and upgrades while preserving a rustic yet well managed property for guests to enjoy. Since we began camping as a family in 2013, Indian Creek has been one of our holiday mainstays, especially for Halloween and Easter. The staff always takes special care and attention to create activities and entertainment for their guests that create lasting memories and fun for families.
Indian Creek has 185 campsites in a wooded, natural environment. Sites are mostly level, but not paved and most have full hookups and options for both 30 & 50 amp electrical. Our favorite sites are located in what we call “The Island” which is a small section of land between the ponds and trails and are nice and secluded for family gatherings and provide close access to bike trails, fishing, and the Natalbany River. Campsites vary in size; some are large and others may be close to your neighbor. All are shaded as there are adequate trees. All sites come with a picnic table and daily trash pickup. Upon check in, the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating and will provide an escort to your site and assistance in backing in, if necessary. Because this campground is rustic, there is no cable television. A wifi network pops up, but we have never even asked for the password as they keep us plenty busy with their activities throughout the weekend. Fire rings and fire pits are not included and are requested for campfires, for safety reasons. Rates for campsites for regular weekends vary on electric hookups, weekend rates and/or holidays but range from $34 – $49; but are reasonable for the service, atmosphere and activities provided. There are also cabins and primitive sites available to rent.
When it comes to activities, especially when it comes to holidays, Indian Creek does not disappoint. Halloween, July 4th, Thanksgiving Weekend, and Easter are all some of our favorites. Halloween features 3 weekends of trick or treating, site decorating, pennies in a haystack, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, and even a haunted house! Thanksgiving weekend features a visit from Santa for the kids, a white elephant gift exchange and Easter always includes a visit from the Bunny, an egg hunt, egg toss, and egg decorating contest! Bingo is also a big hit at Indian Creek along with karaoke, live music, and bonfires for holiday weekends.
Other amenities include bike trails, a pool that has just recently been updated, a sun deck, splash area, several playgrounds for the kids, a catch & release fishing pond, paddle boats, canoes, a camp store, basketball court, horse shoes, laundry facilities and of course, a bath house. There is one bath house at Indian Creek that has several showers as well as restrooms and sinks. The bath house is always clean and well equipped. The bath house is centrally located on the grounds as well. Laundry facilities are located at the bath house for a fee.
Since 2013, when we started camping at Indian Creek, we have watched the owners of go above and beyond to make continual improvements on the grounds and with their facilities. They have added new playground equipment, televisions in the pavilion, upgraded the pool and sun deck, and kept the grounds well maintained.
Indian Creek is also an RV Park and there are several families that prefer to leave their campers there permanently as a weekend getaway. While some families may not prefer this option, we have discovered that those families are just another part of the Indian Creek family. Because we have gone there a few times a year for 5 years, those families and the owners remember us and treat us, too, like part of the family and that’s something we do truly enjoy about making our yearly trips there.
If you are looking for a family oriented campground that offers a rustic atmosphere, fun activities, and clean, well maintained amenities, look no further than Indian Creek Campground! Maybe we will see you there!
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Indian Creek Campground is located at 53013 West Fontana Road, Independence, LA.