Prophetstown State Park – West Lafayette IN

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $122
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #151, level gravel pad, surrounding grass area, small shade trees nearby.
  • Park quality: Prophetstown is Indiana’s newest state park, established in 2004. There are two main campground areas, one has full hookups and the other only has electric. The park is located at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers. In addition to the campground, there is a working historic farm and a kid friendly aquatic center in the park. There are many pleasant walking trails winding in and out of the woods along the banks of the rivers. There are also miles of paved bike paths throughout the campground and park. One of the nicest parks we’ve been to for biking.
  • Access: Easy though circuitous access from I-65.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Prophetstown State Park is located next to the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe, which was fought on November 7, 1811, between American forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as “The Prophet”). Tecumseh was an ally of the British, and together they were trying to keep the Americans from expanding into the Northwest Territory following the American Revolution. When the opposing sides met, Tecumseh was out of the area, and the Native Americans were led by the Prophet. Though the outcome of the battle was not decisive, Harrison claimed victory. He went on to become a popular public figure and eventually won the U.S. presidency. The Battle of Tippecanoe was a contributing factor leading to the War of 1812 with Britain. We found Prophetstown especially interesting because our former hometown, Perrysburg OH, is also the site of a similar battle fought by the Americans led by Harrison against the British army and Tecumseh’s Confederacy at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. One of the bike paths led to a monument commemorating the tribes who were part of the Confederacy, including the Winnebago, which is the name of the company who made our motorhome.
  • Website: Prophetstown State Park

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