Nothing says “summer in Illinois” like campgrounds in Illinois with lakes. Better yet, make it a full weekend with a visit to one of these absolutely amazing camping resorts in Illinois that you’ll never want to leave! If you haven’t heard of these awesome sites for epic waterfront camping in the Land of Lincoln, you’re truly missing out. Featuring excellent views and community atmospheres, these campgrounds are truly the best of the best for lakeside camping in Illinois. Scroll on for more details on these must-visit spots…

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While we adore all of the above waterfront campsites in the Land of Lincoln, there's just something extra special about Rock Cut State Park. One of Illinois' finest state parks, Rock Cut State Park is a 3,092-acre park located in the north-central part of the state in Winnebago County. With seasonal hunting, fishing, trails, wildlife, horseback riding, boating, waterfront camping, and more, this is an ideal place to come and connect with nature in Illinois! You will really want to pitch a tent and stay awhile; there are 40 miles of hiking trails, 25 miles of equestrian trails, and 26 miles of trails for mountain biking. You can also bring your boat to use on one of the lakes or rent one from Rock State Park Concession located right at the park. They have kayaks, canoes, fishing boats, paddleboats, and paddleboards available, which come in handy in the park's two lakes: the 162-acre Pierce Lake and the 50-acre Olson Lake. And in terms of actual campsites, there are also plenty of spots to go around; in total, there are 210 Class A Premium campsites, 60 Class B/S Premium campsites, a rustic cabin, shelters, and a youth group camp. What fun!

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