Camp Ames is located on the scenic Mississinewa River 3.5 miles outside of Peru, Indiana. We have 5 full service camping hookups and several other electric hookups for tent campers. A full bathroom is available in the camp shack as well as a picnic table and TV to catch up on the latest news. Bald eagles are a huge attraction in this area. Acres Trust Nature Preserve is a short walk away. We have our own wildflower meadow that attracts many butterflies and birds during the summer months. It's just a peaceful, quiet place to visit. Cell phone service is not great here but not totally absent if you stand in the right place. This is our private camp ground and not a for public use unless arrangements are made with us.
If you smoke do it away from others and not in the building. Pick up after yourself. You pack it in, you pack it out. No loud music. No barking dogs. No dogs off leash. Pick up after your dog. Adults must accompany children at all times. No parties. Absolutely no fireworks or guns allowed. Fire only in designated fire pit. An estimate of your arrival time is greatly appreciated in advance of your stay. We are not responsible for accident, injury or loss. Our dog has the run of our farm, is friendly and does not visit the camping area.
Paved country road with slight grade and tight turns. We have no problem with our 40 foot Class A towing a jeep. RV parking is gravel with lots of grass in the area behind the hookups.
Grass for tents.
There is plenty of parking space
Water will be off due to freezing temperatures from November to April 1st. We do some traveling throughout the summer. Memorial, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends are always booked for our personal use. We occasionally accept reservations further out then 1 week. If visitors need to plan further ahead please message us and we will see if our personal schedule can accommodate your needs.
The World's Greatest Amateur Circus: Peru, Indiana, is also known as the "Circus City". In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Peru was home to the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and others. Even the Ringling Brothers Circus wintered there for a while. For 10 days each July, Peru celebrates the Circus City Festival with rides, crafts, food, games, and more. The highlight, however, is the live amateur circus that has performances throughout the festival. A unique and authentic experience that echoes the early heyday of the circus, this is a fun event not to be missed. Performers are locals, some of whom are direct descendants of professional performers in the earlier shows. Even if a visit is timed to occur outside of July, a visit to the small but impressive International Circus Hall of Fame might be worth the trip. Circus Hall of Fame is located 1.8 miles from Camp Ames.
Grissom Air Museum: Located 7.6 miles from Camp Ames
There are some great interactive displays inside the museum for the kids to sit inside the cockpits of mock ups for pictures and the planes throughout the grounds are well maintained and offer interesting facts. Great Air Museum Celebrating the Aviation History of Grissom Air Force Base.
Miami County Museum: Located 3.6 miles from Camp Ames
Cole Porter's custom 1955 Cadillac, circus carvings, a stagecoach, the World's Tallest Man's overalls, a fantastic collection of rifles, Clyde Beatty's lion tamer's outfit, lots of farm and pioneer items, Miami Indian relics.
Mississinewa Resevoir: Located 3 miles from Camp Ames
Mississinewa Lake is a seasonal resevoir designed for flood control. That said, depending on rainfall during the summer, many recreational activities are available. Swimming at the beach, boating, and fishing. A nice campground and hiking are also on site.
Nickel Plate Trail: Located 2.9 miles from Camp Ames
This asphalt trail is one of the best in the State to ride or walk on!!! It keeps getting better because the trail keeps getting extended with more pathway added. The volunteers do a superb job up keeping this 50 mile path. Make this a to do for a beautiful Fall ride once the leaves begin to change. You'll be immersed in intense colors and wonderful woodsy sights and smells.
Seven Pillars: Located 0.8 miles from Camp Ames
This breathtaking formation along the Mississinewa River was created over the centuries as wind and water eroded the limestone, carving rounded buttresses and alcoves into the north bluff of the river.
Seven Pillars Nature Preserve - Acres Land Trust - Located 0.3 miles from Camp Ames!
This preserve on the south side of the Mississinewa River is named after the landmark 25-foot limestone pillars, also owned by ACRES, which are located on the north side of the river. On top of the bluff grow red cedar, Juneberry and shadbush. In the preserve are beech, maple and other trees, as well as open meadow. The Miami Nation continues to gather at the pillars. The preserve is 148 acres of woods open to the public to walk the woods. There is 1.8 miles of trail. PRESERVE RULES: As a preserve visitor, you are responsible for keeping these habitats undisturbed. Follow these rules to allow the preserve’s plants, wildlife and natural formations to thrive here, in place, for generations: Open Dawn til Dusk, Foot Traffic Only, Dogs Allowed, Always On Leash,Take Nothing, Leave Nothing, Stay On The Trails
McClure’s Orchard/Winery: Located 9.8 miles from Camp Ames
A small, family-owned and operated apple farm nestled in the rolling hills of northern Indiana, located an hour from Indianapolis. Currently growing 125 varieties of apples, which throughout the season are available for u-pick or already picked.
Beginning Labor Day Weekend, ride the tractor and trolley through the Orchard, for tours and apple picking. Toward the end of September through October, the trolley will stop in the pumpkin patch for u-pick. There is no parking or admission fee, and no charge for the ride through the Orchard. More than apples and pumpkins, there’s a playground area and petting zoo for the kids (and the kiddos at heart). During September and October, saddle up a horse, and take a horse ride on the weekends for $1. On most weekends, there’s live music; so, be sure to check the website to see who is playing and which day. McClure’s has a café serving delicious food, made fresh daily. The apple dumplings are amazing! The adults in the group can also sample or enjoy a glass of McClure’s award-winning wine and hard cider. In 2019 a down town location was opened on the Wabash River featuring Wine Tasting just 3.4 miles from Camp Ames.
Preslie Meadow: Located at Camp Ames
Preslie Meadow is a 4 acre wildflower habitat. Established in 2018. Paths are provided to walk and enjoy the beauty. An array of wildflowers can be seen at different times in the spring and summer months. Birds, butterflies, bunnies and deer benefit from the meadow. Photographers and admirers walk the paths and drive by all season. Visitors are welcome and ask not to pick the flowers.
Named after the daughter of JR and Marla Dennis of Kokomo. Preslie Lynn Dennis passed from injuries sustained in a car accident on June 22, 2018. She was just short of her 18th birthday and ready to leave for boot camp to serve our country in the United States Army having already served in the National Guard. This multi-talented young lady left us all heart broken. Preslie Meadow lets her memory and beauty live on.
We REALLY enjoyed our stay at Camp Ames and appreciate the perfect hospitality during our 2 day visit. We were greeted at time of arrival and offered assistance to help with setup or with any other possible needs. We were received valuable local and historical info about Peru, Indiana which made sightseeing great! Thank you Camp Ames and we certainly hope to return someday.
Great stay & enjoyed the peaceful river & fall colors. Took a short hike Great star gazing. Host very friendly & we were able to remained hitched up. Highly recommend!
Wonderful couple! The location was beautiful and very peaceful.
We left with popcorn from their popcorn field and seeds for flowers for next year!
We would definitely visit them again when in the area.
What a great place to stay! The owners treat you like family. They even gave us corn to take with us.
I don’t think I can add to all the positive comments already shared. Our son pitched his tent under the shade of the big tree and we camping in spot #1 and enjoyed using the fire pit both nights. The entire area was spotlessly clean and maintained. Wade and Beth were outgoing and attentive. We spent two nights and enjoyed fishing in the river right across from the property, walking to the nature preserve and doing the 1.2 mile hike there, cycling part of the Nickel Plate rail-trail, visiting the International Circus Hall of Fame grounds (even though the museum was closed, there are outside markers around the grounds that provide plenty of information for a self-guided tour), and sampling the hard ciders and wine slushes at McClure’s Orchard Winery. Plenty to stay busy for a few days in the area. If the river had been higher, kayaking would have been an option but as it was, it was still fun to wade up and down a bit. We will definitely revisit anytime we’re back in the area.
What a great place to stay: campfire ring, full hook ups, bathroom, fishing in the river, bike trails. We even stayed an extra day we so enjoyed the location and hanging out with our hosts. Definitely worth a visit.
We had a lovely stay at Campames! Our host and hostess were genuine and have a beautiful spot for boondocking! They shared local areas of interests and even supplied a fire pit with wood! Beautiful wild flowers, birds and sounds of crickets! Hope to return in the fall!
Everything about this boondockers welcome location is great, the location, the amenities, the host. Couldn’t create a better experience in a movie. Plan on being disconnected from cellular and enjoy the Mississinewa River right next door, beautiful wildflowers, on-site shower house and fire ring. We will definitely plan on visiting again! Thanks camp Ames for your gracious hospitality.
It couldn't have been a better stay! They even insisted we take some sweet corn with us. We will be visiting again for sure!
This by far was the most comfortable and pleasant place we have ever stayed. Thank you for the amazing place to stay. Very pleasant and hospitable hosts. Peaceful and clean.
These hosts were absolutely top notch. Very generous, great conversation, and they have an incredible piece of property. The recreation building was in immaculate shape as were the shower and bathroom. The river is just a short walk away and the meadow of wildflowers was beautiful. I really look forward to stopping here again in the future.
Enjoyed their beautiful land and the great conversations.
Everything you need is there’! Very helpful hostess! Very quiet and beautiful.
This host should be the poster child of Boondockers Welcome. They have created a breathtaking homestead on their acreage that borders the Mississinewa River. Easy parking with full hookup! With the 4 acre flowered meadow, the meandering river and the rolling hills surrounding their home, it couldn’t be more beautiful. But wait....you get all of that and them. They are a fun loving, easy going couple that have experienced a lot of what life has to offer. Interesting conversations around the campfire came easy. We look forward to meeting up with them again.
Host and site were awesome. The grounds were so welcoming the hosts were very welcoming and made sure we had what we needed. Would highly recommend a visit and we will surely return. They have moved to the top of our boondockers experience.
Wade and Beth were great host. The camp was peaceful and the scenery was beautiful! The fish were biting all weekend which added to the fun. We will definitely visit again!!
Our stay at Camp Ames was amazing. The hosts are a friendly, welcoming couple that provided great conversation around a fire in the evening. They went above and beyond.
The spot has a bathroom and indoor hangout area. It would be great to stay a few nights but we could only stay one unfortunately.
Hopefully we will make another trip to Indiana and stay here!
Thanks again :)
The hosts were there to receive me and give directions when I arrived. Lots of room to maneuver around. Camp is across the road from the river. Enjoyed the peace and quiet. Host checked in with me to make sure everything was acceptable. They offered another night but at this time I could not accept. Look forward to seeing them in the future.