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Autumn Camping Weekend 1, Mississinewa Lake

By Department of Natural Resources

Friday, October 6, 2023 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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  • Saturday, October 7, 2023
Autumn Camping Weekend 1, Mississinewa Lake

4673 S. 625 E., Peru, IN 46970

https://on.in.gov/mississinewalake
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Mississinewa Lake - Amazing Memories


October 6 & 7, 2023

Est. 1988 – Mississinewa Autumn Camping Weekend was the first fall camping DNR hosted event in Indiana.

Your donations benefit Friends of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services to support future programming. We appreciate your support!

Available all Weekend located behind Beach Shelter #1

Maze of Memories – Explore at your leisure an outdoor maze and discover the history of Mississinewa Autumn Camping Weekend. Informative signs posted throughout. Sturdy shoes suggested.

Friday, October 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at Interpretive Program Shelter near the water tower

Weekend Welcome – Stop in for kettle corn. Donations appreciated. Register for events and weekend drawings. Pumpkins for purchase!

Bring on the Baskets – Donate a filled basket/items for the silent auction from your family or company. Auction items also available for bidding Sat. 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Interpretive Shelter and 1:00-9:00 p.m. at the beach house. Everyone welcome to bid! Winning bidders must be present Saturday at 9 p.m. to receive items. (cash, credit or check accepted)

Shirt Pick-up Pre-ordered shirts only. See above logo, other colors available.

Orders due by Sept 21. Scan QR code or email [email protected] to receive the online order link.

Saturday, October 7

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Interpretive Program Shelter near the water tower

Fundraiser by Friends of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Donations appreciated.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating, Crafts, and Corn Hole at Beach House* 

Pumpkins available for purchase or bring your own, washable paint provided.

Make a craft you might want to bring to the campfire program, materials provided.  (Children accompanied by adults.)

Corn hole $5 per person entry, double elimination.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treat in the Miami S.R.A. Modern Campground

Children accompanied by their adults will walk through the campground. Visitors allowed. (No gory costumes, please.) Campground roads closed to vehicle traffic from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Cooking Contest and Campfire Program at Beach House*

Come sample some special recipes served by fellow campers. 2 categories: chili and dessert. Vote with $ for your favorite; then stay for a special campfire program to celebrate 100 year anniversary of interpretation in Indiana.Cooking contest begins at 7:30 p.m. Campfire program at 8:00 p.m. Live owls will be present from the Salamonie Raptor Center!

9:00 p.m. Awards and Weekend Drawings at Beach House*

Winners for Cooking Contest, Campsite Decorating, and Weekend Drawings will be announced. Cooking Contest winners receive Blackstone accessory tool kit. Top 3 Campsite Decorating winners awarded free 2024 camping (holiday weekends, ACWs, cabins and AA sites excluded). Final bidding for Silent Auction ends at 9 p.m. Must be registered and present to win.           

*Walk/drive or join a hayride. Hayride loading/drop-off at Beach House and Interpretive Program Shelter near the water tower.

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