Lazy Days of Summer at Hardin Ridge

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Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

6464 Hardin Ridge Road · Heltonville, IN

How to find us

Please plan to book in the Bluegill Loop. Half the sites are available online and the other half is by walk up first come first served.

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What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than at Hardin Ridge campground at Lake Monroe? Hardin Ridge Recreation Area and Campground is a beautiful federal park situated on the Southeastern portion of scenic Monroe Reservoir.

This weekend works a little differently than most of our trips in that it will be very much a do your own thing kind of trip.

DON'T WAIT! Hardin Ridge is very popular and only about half of their sites are reservable. So hurry up and stake your claim! Site #91 is available and is HUGE, perfect for someone with a camper but could also be a good site to share between a couple of tents. After that, let's book #99 and #90 for those who want electric. Those who prefer the more primitive, there are beautiful sites that are back in the woods between #92 and #99. They are site #93 through #97 and are reservable.

PONTOON RENTAL: In years past, HHC has had this event. I will need a responsible person to host this event. This year we are going for the double decker with a slide, Baby! We'll have it all day on Sunday at a cost of between $25 and $35 per person (depending on how many participate). If you would like to join us, contact me for details.

Be sure to post your site number with your RSVP and let us know if you are looking for anyone to share your site. Each site can have up two sleeping tents or one tent and one camper and can have as many as six occupants.

Kids are welcome to attend all Happy Camper events unless otherwise stated in the event description. Dogs are also welcome but please be considerate of other campers when deciding if your dog is a good camper (not too noisy, not a biter, etc.) and follow all rules pertaining to pets. Alcohol is consumed at your own discretion but please remember to be respectful where children are concerned and follow appropriate quiet time protocols.

For those who are new to the Happy Campers, here's a brief layout of what you can generally expect on a camping weekend. People begin to arrive at the campground as early as 2:00 pm (first check in time), some not arriving until later in the evening or even until Saturday morning. After folks get their campsites set up, we tend to congregate together around a central fire, where old friends catch up and new friends introduce themselves.

On Saturday's people come and go as they wish, sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals. If you are into hiking, chances are you'll find someone who's up for a hike. Same goes for fishing, geocaching, swimming, biking, whatever. And some folks just want to hang around the campground and rest or play games.

Jerry will host a Sunday brunch for those with leftovers or a craving for breakfast or lunch around 1045 am to anyone who wants to participate. Show off your campfire cooking skills or be as fancy or simple as you want to be. Just bring two side dishes or one main course item to share. Please remember to bring a chair, a drink and your table service.

If we have a pontoon host, you may enjoy the rest of your Sunday on the water. Fishing, tubing, swimming or whatever.

On Monday, people will pack up at their leisure and either head home early or enjoy the afternoon in the park.

Many campers choose to share sites with others. Typically a camper will book a site and then post with their RSVP what site they have and if they have room for another tent. New campers should rest assured that we are a friendly and very welcoming group. If you need help setting up a tent, you'll get it. If you need to borrow any equipment, let us know, someone will have what you need. Whether you are shy or outgoing, young or old, experienced or a first time camper, I am certain you will not find yourself out of place with the Happy Campers!