Marshmallows? Check. Tent? Check. It’s all about priorities. Anyway, it’s getting to be that time of year when you want to get out and camp. Illinois has some awesome places to camp, whether you’re into those oh so rustic sites or want to glamp. Here are 15 of the best spots.
1. Starved Rock State Park
There are 133 campsites available here that have electricity, showers and flush toilets. There is a campground store that sells wood, ice, batteries. There are also 7 sites for people with disabilities.
2. Kayak Morris
Kayak Morris will camp with you at multiple sites throughout northern Illinois, but they have their own private campground that abuts William G. Stratton State Park. Their campground offers both wooded and sandy beach campsites.
3. Camp McCormick
This place has 400 acres of wilderness to offer you. This is a Girl Scouts camp, so unless you're a girl, the only way you're camping in this sweet campground is to go for family camp. This swing structure that they built is reason enough to start having babies.
4. Cave in Rock State Park
This ultra-scenic campsite offers 34 Class A sites and 25 Class B/S tent sites on the north side. There's also a lodge in case you forget how to pitch a tent. It features four duplex guest houses with eight suites.
5. Illinois Beach State Park
You can camp at the southern unit of the Illinois Beach State Park. There are 241 Class A Premium sites. You will have access to electricity and showers.
6. Lake Shabbona State Park
This state park covers 1,500 acres, and camping couldn't be more enjoyable in its semi-wooded area. There are 150 campsites for you to choose from. They come with electricity and showers. There is also a playground and a camp store.
7. Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
Located in Volo, this is a camping resort. There are many camping options for you here, whether you are planning on camping in a tent, RV, or rental unit. There is a beach, pool, playground, and other activities to enjoy while you're here.
8. Giant City State Park
This well-kept, varied campground keeps campers coming back for more. There are 85 Class A campsites. This includes access to water, electricity, showers and sanitary facilities. There is also a separate equestrian campground.
9. Rock Cut State Park
There are 200 premium Class A sites and 60 Class B sites. The campground has showers, toilets, and playground equipment. There is also a primitive cabin for rent.
10. Pere Marquette State Park
If you want a rustic camping experience, Pere Marquette has many options for you. There is a Class A campground with 80 sites. There is a youth tent camp area. And there are also three organized group camps for larger groups.
11. Moraine Hills State Park
This well-maintained park also has a nice, well-maintained campground. There is a concessions area, open for both hikers and campers. The campground is quiet and serene.
12. Pharaoh Campground
After spending all day enjoying Garden of the Gods, relax at Pharaoh Campground. You are really right by the action. There is a small picnic area for you, too.
13. Castle Rock State Park
This primitive camping area is super cool, because it is only accessible by canoe or boat. That means you'll have to pack light. However, since it is so hard to access, you won't have to compete with a lot of people.
14. Mississippi Palisades State Park
There are 241 Class A and B campsites. They are available in shaded and open areas. 110 sites come with electrical hookups. There is also water and two sanitary dump stations.
15. Lake Shelbyville
There are 3 state campgrounds: Eagle Creek, Wolf Creek and Hidden Springs State Forest. You can reserve some sites in advance, but most are first-come, first-serve. Wolf Creek has its own beach.