Camp Ames

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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 50 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Pull-Through Parking
  • RV Dump
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Campfire Ring
  • $15/night requested for hookups


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. There is no Wi-Fi provided. This is our private camp ground and not a for public use unless arrangements are made with us.

House Rules

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.

Access Road Conditions

Paved country road with slight grade and tight turns. There is some low brush on the county road. 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.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

There is plenty of parking space


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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.


Peru, IN, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

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.

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September 2021

Come One, Come All!

Camp Ames is nestled next to the Mississenewa river, with lush green rolling hills away from the buzz of heavy traffic. Both evenings we were there, our hosts and their friends treated us to hours of great company, conversation and cold beverages. They also gave tips on few nice surprises around town so we could enjoy artistic scenery and American history, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The meticulously groomed and maintained facilities include Full hookup sites, clean gravel, grass fields and facilities. A cold soda machine and ice is available to campers. We are looking forward to visiting here again next year to continue to build on our new friendships.


September 2021

Come One, Come All!

Camp Ames is nestled next to the Mississenewa river, with lush green rolling hills away from the buzz of heavy traffic. Both evenings we were there, our hosts and their friends treated us to hours of great company, conversation and cold beverages. They also gave tips on few nice surprises around town so we could enjoy artistic scenery and American history, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The meticulously groomed and maintained facilities include Full hookup sites, clean gravel, grass fields and facilities. A cold soda machine and ice is available to campers. We are looking forward to visiting here again next year to continue to build on our new friendships.


September 2021

Quiet river retreat

What a great boondockers welcome spot! This place is nicer than most campgrounds. Met the host and shot the breeze for an hour or so. I really wish the weather was better and we had more time. Can't recommend this place enough. Thank you!


September 2021

Excellent location, very gracious host.

Nice clean level easy to access site. Very gracious and generous hosts. 


September 2021

Great folks, very nice location!

Very accommodating, and good conversation.

A nice level graveled lot, easy to get into, plenty of room with easy hook ups. Soda Pop machine and Ice on site!

Pleasant experience, Was very accommodating even when our schedule was interrupted during the journey in changing our arrival time.


September 2021

Peru! Who knew!

The hosts are awesome and the property is beautiful. We came for one night, and found a ton of things to do, so the host graciously let stay for a second. Be sure to visit the Miami County Museum in downtown Peru and the Circus Hall of Fame. When planning, call and schedule an appointment for the Hall of Fame. Their off season is by appointment only. There are trails nearby and downtown has a Riverwalk. We can’t wait to stay here again!


September 2021

A true gem!

We spent two wonderful nights at Camp Ames. The hosts are wonderful! They met us when we arrived and directed us on how to best pull in. The location is absolutely fantastic. The river runs across the road and the hills form a nice backdrop to the camp sites.

We were the only guests and it was absolutely peaceful and quiet. The (full) bathroom helped us keep the gray and black tank usage very low.

The (gravel) area is very level and we had no trouble leveling whatsoever.

Make sure to bring a filter since the water has some rust to it that tends to leave some stains. It does not seem to affect the taste, though - although we filtered both at the spigot and again with a Brita Pitcher.


September 2021

Peaceful Stopover

Gracious and friendly hosts in a peaceful setting! We would love to visit again


August 2021

Such a nice place for a get away

Such a great place, Large site, all the hookups we needed. Host and hostess the perfect couple, both greeted us as we arrived. They explained everything that was available for us to use. Enjoyed walking in their meadow and all the beautiful wildflowers. Maybe we will be able to play cards when all of us get to the sunny south this winter. Look forward to seeing them again.


August 2021

Great place!

Gracious hosts and beautiful setting. Enjoyed our stay.


August 2021

Another good experience!

Was staying second time in this place, and we had good time again. Delicious 😋 yellow tomatoes from they garden 🪴for our barbecue 🍗 on the wooden fire 🔥.


August 2021

A Lot of to Remember!

Very beautiful quiet place, kayaking, grilling on fire ring and very welcoming owners.


August 2021

Best Hosts and River Side Campground

Love it so much, we’re staying through the weekend! These hosts have the gift of hospitality! Allowing us to stay longer and helping us to get our Power fixed. I can’t thank y’all enough!


July 2021

Perfect stay

Beautiful farm right on there river. Level gravel lot with full hook ups in an amazing setting.
We were greeted as we arrived and Wayde was more than hospitable.
Thank you!!


July 2021

Great stay!

We arrived and we’re welcomed by the host! After we got set up he came by and offered us some fresh vegetables we had a great conversation, very friendly! We loved it, great stay!


July 2021

Super nice people!

This was such a nice stop. Beautiful area to park, walk, or just sit and enjoy the river. They met us at the parking with a beer and some
nice conversation. Hookups and amenities were perfect.


July 2021

Very pleasant stay

This is a great little campsite. It had everything we need. Electric and water hookups. A little river to fish at and close enough to walk to. In fact it was right across the road. I definitely recommend this place. In fact I may come back to stay a week or more.


June 2021

BEST boondockers experience EVER

Camp Ames has it all!

50amp, 30 amp, water and waste connections available at 5 sites.

What more can you wish for?
How about a vending machine, ice bags, fridge/freezer combo, sink, toilet and shower!

This beautiful spot is nearby a river.
We were welcomed by Wayde on the first evening, drank some beers on the patio and met his lovely wife the next day.

The host borrowed us his canoe's and brought us to the dam were the river started. We had a relaxed 2.5 hour decent on the river. We spotted 5 bald eagles, some woodpeckers and turtles. We passed the 7 pillars were the Indians traded.

We came as strangers, but left as friends. We would certainly recommend this place and are looking forward to return to this hidden gem in Peru.

Thanks Wayde & Beth, you guys rule!


May 2021

A Special Place

Welcoming hosts that provide a beautiful and spacious place to stay. We were able to park our 40-foot 5th wheel without unhooking from our truck. Enjoyed visiting with the hosts and learning about the history of the area. Peaceful, country atmosphere with a river across the way to sit by; a wildflower meadow to walk through. The extra amenities added, made for a pleasurable stay.


May 2021

Between the Flowers

Beautiful spot with full hookups included. Pop machine, Ice for sale, they have a BBQ grill that you can use, full bathroom facility and picnic area. Near this location, there's a field of flowers. We weren't able to see all of them in bloom, but hope to one day come back this way to see them in all their beauty. Very close to the water front and we were even able to wave to passerby's in their canoes/boats etc. Was able to visit with one of the owners and he was very kind. One corner on the way in was a bit tricky in our 33 footer with tow dolly and car, because we're left side heavy, but doable at a slow pace. Great place for pictures to boot. We enjoyed our stay.


May 2021

Very enjoyable and relaxing stay

Traveling to Wisconsin and found the Ames camp. They are such great host and their property is beautiful! Highly recommend.


October 2020

Peru Adventure

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.


October 2020


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!


September 2020

Fantastic location

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.

Thanks again!


September 2020


What a great place to stay! The owners treat you like family. They even gave us corn to take with us.


August 2020

Couldn’t improve on our first BW experience!

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.


August 2020

Perfect spot

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.


August 2020


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!


August 2020

Absolutely Great

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.


August 2020

Great Hosts

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!


August 2020

Home away from home

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.


July 2020


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.


July 2020

Great people, great property

Enjoyed their beautiful land and the great conversations.


July 2020

Very private

Everything you need is there’! Very helpful hostess! Very quiet and beautiful.


July 2020

First Class

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 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.


July 2020


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.


June 2020


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!!


May 2020

Beautiful spot and friendly hosts

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 :)


May 2020

Great Hosts

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.