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2019 Reservations

In less than a month you’ll be able to make reservations for all of 2019!

Online: May 1
By Phone: May 15

Golf Cars for Memorial Day

Staying over Memorial Day weekend? If you’d like a golf car for the weekend you should add it to your reservation soon! Give us a call at 1-877-478-3657 or email us at


2017 Reservations!

Want to know how to pick your favorite site or vacation rental? Want to know how to get a golf car for Halloween Weekends? Reserve early that’s how!

See these kids?


They’re happy right? It’s because their parents reserved early and they got a golf car. 🙂

As of today, May 15, we are now taking reservations for 2016 and ALL of 2017 via phone and online. To reserve by phone call us at 1-877-478-3657 … or Reserve Online. Not sure how to request a specific site or vacation rental online? Or ask for a golf car? Just add your requests in the comments/notes field and we’ll honor them if we can!

Happy 2017 Reservations!

Reserve Online for 2017

Want to pick your favorite site? Or get a golf car at Halloween? Now is your chance people! Today, May 1, we are taking online reservations for ALL of 2017!

Fall Decor at Lake Rudolph RV Site


Reserve Online

Camping Tip: Seasoning Straws

Don’t sacrifice flavor when you’re camping! But you don’t have to bring the salt and pepper shakers either.


Using straws and a heated flame simply make up seasoning straws! Pepper, salt, cajun spice … whatever spices you need. They’re easy to make and take up no room at all. When you’re ready to use just snip off the end and season.

Cut straws in half to make them small for one use, or fill large straws. The straws melted together and sealed easily. Took no time at all to make these up.

Camping Tip: Travel Coffee Bags

Travel coffee bags … because I can’t leave my Starbucks behind when camping.


All you need are coffee filters, coffee grounds, and dental floss. I only used the red because it was festive … and festive works since we’re in Santa Claus, Indiana. :p

Camping Tip: Treat Tackle Box

Camping Tip Tuesday: Treat Tackle Box


These would be great for long trips. Because my four year old can’t decide which snack she wants … so having multiple options in this box is perfect!

As long as they don’t eat it all at once! :p

7 Reasons to Camp During Fall

Our top reasons that you should be camping during the fall season. Seven of them because that’s my lucky number. 🙂


  1. Weather. Um, hello? Cooler weather! I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather camp when it’s cool and I can enjoy sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows, and not be sweltering hot!
  2. Better Rates. Many campgrounds and RV resorts drop their rates during the fall and offer discounts. We have a Fall Season Rate.
  3. Scenery. Beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves. Love those colors and that slight crisp in the air!
  4. Halloween Activities. Lots of campground and resorts offer fun, Halloween-themed activities. In our case, seven weekends of Halloween activities!
  5. Fewer Crowds. Less people are camping during the fall seasons so you’ll encounter fewer crowds. Unless of course you visit us when our Halloween Weekends are in full swing. 🙂 If you’d like to visit during a more quiet time, we suggest coming during the week … Sundays through Wednesdays.
  6. Fewer Bugs. Normally there are less pesky bugs during the fall camping season.
  7. Fall Food. Wonderful fall comfort food. Think warm Apple Crisp, Candied Apples, and One Skillet Chili.

What To Know: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Poison ivy, oak and sumac … chances are that if you’re a camper you’ve come across one, or all, of these plants. They’re common throughout the US, except in Hawaii and Alaska.

Here’s a little information about each type. Knowing what you’re looking for is half the battle in avoiding these itchy plants.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Technically known as Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy produces urushiol, a clear liquid in the sap of the plant. That is what causes all that unpleasant itching and the painful rash.

It’s not actually a true ivy. It can be found as a vine, as a shrub, and as a climbing vine that grows on trees or other plants.

Over 350,000 people are affected by poison ivy annually in the US.

Poison Oak

Poison Oak

Technically known as Toxicodendron diversilobum, poison oak is a woody vine or shrub in the sumac family. It is known for causing itching and allergic rashes, after contact by touch or smoke inhalation.

Contact with skin first causes itching. It may then evolve into dermatitis with inflammation, colorless bumps, severe itching, and blistering. Does not sound like a picnic to me!

Poison Sumac

Poison Sumac

Technically known as Toxicodendron vernix, poison sumac is a woody shrub or small tree. All parts of the plant contain urushiol just as poison ivy does. When it is burned, inhaling the smoke may cause the rash to appear on the lining of the lungs. Yikes!

Poison sumac is far more potent and toxic than it’s other poison counterparts. Your skin may have quite painful and swelling blisters.

Other good information …

Dogs and cats do not suffer the allergenic effects of poison ivy, sumac or oak like humans do. So that’s good news. Now the bad news … they can transmit the oil of these plants to you if it is on their fur. Your pet can bring you poison ivy, oak or sumac, even though you haven’t been in the woods. If you think they’ve been in contact with these plants, give them a bath (wear long gloves!) with Dawn dish washing liquid and use lots of cool water.

Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes usually develops within a week of exposure and can last anywhere from one to four weeks.

Respect the Campground … and Fellow Campers

Thought I’d share a post about camping etiquette. These rules apply not only here at Lake Rudolph, but most apply to anywhere that you may be camping.

1. Take care of your pets.
We do allow you to bring along your pet if you’re staying on a RV or Tent Site. Please, please clean up after your pet. And never leave them unattended … even in your own RV. If you’re going to Holiday World for the day, they have both an air conditioned and a outdoor kennel.

2. Respect quiet time hours.
Quiet time at Lake Rudolph is from 11:00pm – 7:00am CDT. Respect your neighbors and please honor this policy.

3. Follow posted speed limits.
These speed limits are in place for not only your safety, but the safety of all our guests. We work very hard to make Lake Rudolph a safe, family-friendly place to stay. Our speed limits throughout the campground are 12 mph.

4. Understand the WiFi
We want your stay here to be as connected as you want so we offer free WiFi here at Lake Rudolph. Coverage may not always extend to every site and rental; we sure have a lot of trees and hills! If you’re having issues, please let us know so we can test the signal. Oddly enough, it does sometimes malfunction. 🙂

5. Honor the firewood policy.
Most campgrounds have a firewood policy in place. You can find ours here. It’s very important to follow these rules to help contain the spread of pesky insects that can potentially damaging our forests.

6. Dispose of your trash.
We even make it easy! Just bag up your trash with the bag provided upon check-in and we’ll pick it up at your site or rental between the hours of 7:00 – 11:00am CDT. Along with that, please throw trash in trash cans. We work very hard to make Lake Rudolph a clean campground and we appreciate your help!

7. Follow Golf Car rules.
I know you’ve heard it before, but we have these rules for a reason. 🙂 These rules are established to make our roadways as safe as possible. You can find a copy of our Golf Car rules here.

8. Talk to us!
If there’s a problem, let us know. Of course we can’t fix what we don’t know about. You can let the Welcome Center know about any problems you may have while visiting. We also invite you to fill out a survey about your stay. After all, it’s your comments and suggestions that help us improve. 🙂

9. Respect the campground staff. 
In return, we’ll respect you. Understand that we may not always be able to accommodate your requests, but know that we’re trying. If it’s within our means, we will try our best to make it happen.

10. Vehicles at your site/rental.
At Lake Rudolph you are allowed one vehicle per Site. You’re allowed two vehicles at a Rental. We have this rule to keep the campground as uncongested as possible. It also helps to keep all our roads passable. Visitors are welcome … they just need to park in the visitors parking (just past the Welcome Center), rather than at your site or rental. You can then come up in your vehicle or golf car and get them.

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