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Camp Ames

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Peru, IN

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Campames

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    45+ (ft)

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    3

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    4

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    Yes

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. Wi-Fi is available. This is our private camp ground and not a for public use unless arrangements are made with us. 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!!! The Nickel Plate Trail is the 40+mile railtrail corridor running from Kokomo in Howard County to Rochester in Fulton County. This corridor was purchased from the Norfolk Southern Railroad via the Federal Railbanking program for the purpose of developing a trail for hiking, bicycling, and other non-motorized recreational uses. The trail currently goes through the communities of Cassville, Bennetts Switch, Miami, Bunker Hill, Peru, Denver, Deedsville, Birmingham, Macy and Rochester. The Nickel Plate Trail is ideal for walking, hiking, running, bicycling, skating, or even cross country skiing. Overall it is comfortably wide, smooth, and maintains an almost unnoticeable grade. There is a good mixture of open and shaded trail. The trail follows what was once the Nickel Plate Railroad, running alongside and in places crossing over, Little Pipe Creek. The landscape surrounding the trail not only looks beautiful, but has the unmistakable fresh smell of the Indiana countryside. No matter how many times you visit the trail, there is always something new for you to discover. As you explore the woodlands and wetlands, you can see a wide variety of plant and animal life. Of interest is Scout Bridge, which crosses Little Pipe Creek, and an old dam with some historical interest, both of which are just south of the Peru trailhead. South of Bunker Hill and to the east of the trail are some of the remains of the Union Traction railway, the electric interurban line that was abandoned around 1940. Well cared for, the Nickel Plate Trail is one of the nicest-looking trails in the Midwest. The amazing sights, sounds and scents the trail provides make it much more than just a great place to visit, it’s an experience. 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 Closed for the Summer and opens on Labor Day Weekend. 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. Visit their web site for more current information for their activities at mccluresorchard.com/orchard. McClure's Winery: Located in downtown Peru, just 3.4 miles from Camp Ames. The Granary and Toll House buildings have become their year round facilities. The Granary Market offers orchard favorites, wine & hard cider tastings, seasonal produce, children's clothing & books, and a small selection of gifts. Tucked inside the Toll House, the brick building, shoppers can find a lovely collection of ladies clothing, home decor, gifts, and Christmas decor. Located on the Wabash River at the Broadway Bridge featuring Wine Tasting. 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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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Electric Hookup: 30A

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Campfire Ring Provided

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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Generators Allowed

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Water Hookup

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Slideouts Allowed

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RV Dump Station

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House Rules

We offer 15A, 30A & 50A Hookups as well as water and sewer. 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.

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Location

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 38 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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host Profile

Hosted By Campames

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55-65

Little Camp along the Scenic Mississinewa River Details: We have been married over 40 years and have never had a dull moment! After showing horses for nearly 30 years we use our little camp to entertain our friends and family. We use our former horse barn as a private community building. Camp Ames has its own shelter building complete with full bathroom, TV and fridge. The area is full of Indiana wildlife including deer and bald eagles. The river lays across the small country road from camp where you can fish or kayak. Bicycling is very popular in this area. While traveling in our own Class A Bounder we have enjoyed trips to Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Michigan and multiple trips to Florida where Wayde enjoys deep sea fishing and Beth loves to walk the beaches of Venice looking for shark's teeth. Home Town: Peru, Indiana is 3.5 miles from our home. The third week of July the local community celebrates when the Circus called Peru home. It has a rich Circus history. The International Circus Hall of Fame has buildings and a museum to visit. Wayde and his father occupy the Circus Farm located about a mile and half across the river. Cole Porter, the famous composer, was born in Peru. Grissom Air Reserve Base is located 8 miles to the south west. They have an excellent air museum. American Huey 369 Helicopter Museum is under construction just across the street from Grissom ARB. Mississinewa Reservoir is located 5 miles up river. It holds 3200 acres of water and is 9 miles long and is great for boating and fishing. It is a beautiful area maintained by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Nickel Plate Trail is a smooth surface walking/bike path 5 miles to our west. It spans 40+ miles from Kokomo to Rochester, Indiana. Almost next door is the Acres Land Trust at Seven Pillars. They provide hiking trails and a beautiful view of the Seven Pillars natural rock formation. Skills or Expertise to Share: We possess the gift to gab. Our interests are in farming, camping, deep sea fishing, e-biking and traveling.

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References for this location from other RVers

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    rogerssj23

    2 months ago

    This was just the nicest place. Quiet, spacious, close to town but still in the country. Host was super-friendly.

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    TomRonda

    2 months ago

    THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO STAY. VERY QUIET AND PEACEFULL. THE CAMPGROUND CAT IS VERY FRIENDLY. WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN

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    26U2016Airstream

    3 months ago

    We stayed Nov 2nd. Very nice overnight. Quiet, along a river. We would stay here again and arrive a little earlier to walk along the river.

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    HallsExcursions

    3 months ago

    We stayed at Camp Ames last night for the second time. Last year we were unable to meet the host as they were not home. They are a delightful couple and we enjoyed our visit with them. The camp is so peaceful and serene with the beautiful river flowing. The accommodations were fantastic with full hookup. It's one of our favorite places. We would like to visit again next fall, and perhaps stay an extra day to take in the surrounding sites. HallsExcursions

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    The_Girls

    3 months ago

    What was only going to be a qick overnight stay to get caught up on chores and take a shower, turned into three. We thoroughly enjoyed our talks with Wayde along with his helpers/neighbors Mike & Stacy. Hopefully, next time we will be able to meet Wayde’s wife Beth. Learning some of the history of Peru area, the family farm and the nightly fire pit chats their friendly easy-going hospitalityYou will feel like you’re staying with family. A beautiful tranquil location on the river yet close enough to town where we took advantage of a clean modern laundromat. Our dog Bayley also loved the attention of their black camp kitty. If you find yourself in the area,Camp Ames is a true gem. You won’t be disappointed. We’ll be back for sure!

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