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Deer Creek Park is one of two parks owned by Carroll County.  It is a 12.7-acre site located at 6336 East State Road 218, east of Camden, just west of SR 29 near the town of Deer Creek.   

Its amenities include camping sites with electrical hook-ups, water, a large fishing pond, and picnic tables.  There are a clubhouse, picnic pavilions, renovated playground equipment, paved basketball court, extensive lawn area for informal games, and modern restrooms with showers.  

The clubhouse is a block facility with electricity, tables and chairs, and a refrigerator, and is available for family reunions and other activities.  

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Reservations

For camping or clubhouse reservations please call 

(574)859-2368 Sue Buttice

 
Usage and Fees 
 
Use of the pond for fishing—day or night—recreational facilities, and picnic pavilions are free of charge year-round, but camping and clubhouse use are charged for as follows:
 
  • Each Tent Camping per Day $10
  • Each Camper per Day $30
  • Each Camper per Week $150


  • Each Clubhouse per Day $45 plus a deposit of $40

Fees include use of modern restrooms and showers as well as water and electrical hook-ups.  Camping Season is April 15-October 15

SUMMER SPECIAL - Rent the entire campground (all 8 campsite hook-ups) and clubhouse for two nights $500. Plan your family reunion at Deer Creek Park with 2 tents per site or 1 tent and 1 RV per site. Advanced reservations required.

Park Rules 

  • All paying customers receive park rules and receipts.  Sign in and make payment at the resident caretaker’s home.
  • One picnic table per camp may be used when available
  • All visitors are responsible for their own pets which must be on a leash.  Nuisance pets will be removed promptly.
  • No pets are allowed in the basketball area.
  • No alcohol is permitted in Deer Creek Park.
  • All Park patrons must stay within park boundaries and not stray onto adjacent private property; ask caretakers if there are questions.
  • Power equipment may be operated by Park personnel only
  • Guns may not be discharged in the Park
  • Boats may unloaded only at your own risk
  • No swimming is allowed
  • Free firewood when available (Please do not abuse)

History

The Deer Creek Conservation Club evolved from fish fries held in the Masonic Lodge building in nearby Deer Creek.  About 1938 the Club was officially formed.  The block building was built next to the pond just south of Deer Creek on State Road 218.  All of the building materials and labor were supplied by the members.  

The Conservation Club owned some of the biggest fish fryers in the county, using 100 pound LP gas tanks.  The club put on many delicious fish fries.  They also hosted one of the biggest trap shoots in the country on Labor Day each year with men coming from Logansport, Delphi, Monon, and Brookston to compete in it.
    
Softball games were held every week on the grounds for several years.  The games were well attended and a highlight of the community.  It is said that as many as 300 people at one time came out to watch the games.  Euchre tournaments were another popular event.

The fishing pond was created when stone was quarried during the construction of State Road 29.  Bass, bluegill, and catfish are plentiful in the pond. You do not need a fishing license to fish in the pond.

The playground equipment came from nearby North Central School when it was closed during school consolidation.
    
In 1967 the Conservation Club was struggling and it was decided to turn the grounds and building over to the county to be used as a park.    Presently, the Deer Creek Park is one of two county-owned parks; the other park is the French Post Park near Lockport.
    
In 2008 when county finances suffered significant problems, the County Council recommended selling Deer Creek Park.  At that time local citizens banded together to form Friends of Carroll County Parks to maintain, renovate, and provide support to keep the parks open to the public.

Current volunteer county-appointed Park Board members are President Al Buttice, Don Yerkes, Rob Buttice, Larry Mote, and Billie Hedde.  They work together with the Friends group to maintain, enhance, and market the parks.