Nothing says summer like a day by the lake. Better yet, make it a full weekend with a visit to one of these lakeside camp resorts in Illinois that you’ll never want to leave. If you haven’t heard of these awesome sites, you’re missing out.
Featuring excellent views and community atmospheres, these campgrounds are truly the best of the best. Scroll on for more details.
1. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes
Guests enjoy RV camping as well as overnight stays in cabins at this popular resort. Fun things to do include playing on the basketball and volleyball courts, enjoying hay rides, jumping on the giant pillow, and utilizing the aquatic playground, which you can learn more about
. Find this incredible spot at 1405 Lakeview Heights, Pittsfield, IL 62363.
2. Woodhaven Lakes
Featuring fishing lakes, two pools, a beach, sports courts, and live entertainment, this resort has it all. This classic 1,756-acre oasis also has 15 miles of hiking trails, and it is pet-friendly. This camp is open year round for locals to enjoy everything from swimming and fishing to sleeping under the stars. Find it at 509 La Moille Rd., Sublette, IL 61367.
3. Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
Located at 32223 US-12, Volo, IL 60073, this popular camping spot is right on the lake but also has pools for guests to enjoy. Visitors can set up their own tents or rent a cabin for their stay. Learn more about this fabulous campground
4. Lake LaDonna Family Campground
While you may camp in your tent this lovely campground also has cabins to rent. This is an excellent spot to swim, fish, play sports, and enjoy activities like treasure hunts, live music, and hiking. Find it all at 1302 S Harmony Rd., Oregon, IL 61061.
5. Little Grassy Lake Campground
Located within the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, this is one of the most beautiful lakeside camp resorts in Illinois. The lake is 1,000 acres and is great for fishing and boating. Enjoy boat rentals, hook ups for RVs, and a general store at 788 Hidden Bay Ln., Makanda, IL 60058.
6. Canton Lakes Campground
Camping on this lovely lake gives you some of the most peaceful views in the state. Great for boating and fishing, this campground is available seasonally and is located at 25845 N Lakeshore Dr., Canton, IL 61520.
7. Sunset Lakes Resort
This RV park has a slew of fun things for its guests to enjoy. Swim in the pool, fish on the lake, or play any number of sports and other games available here. This family-friendly spot is worth a whole week of vacation, and it is found at 3333 290th St. N, Hillsdale, IL 61257.
8. Carlyle Lake Dam West Campground
This southern Illinois paradise contains a 26,000-acre lake that is one of the absolute best in the country for sailing. Campers at this site enjoy fishing, hiking, and other simple activities in nature. Find it at 14498-14510 County Rd., 1430 N, Carlyle, IL 62231.
9. Timber Lake Resort
Whether you choose to stay in a tent or cabin, you'll have a memorable experience at this lovely place. One of our most popular lakeside camp resorts, this oasis has a pool, game room, boat rentals, hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, playgrounds, a store, and more. Find it at 8216 Black Oak Rd., Mt Carroll, IL 61053.
10. Illinois Beach State Park
Located along Lake Michigan in the northeastern region of the state, this is certainly one of the best places to camp if you love being by the water. It is a 4,160-acre park that features beaches, trails, fishing, and boating. You'll feel like you're right on the ocean at 1 Lake Front Dr., Zion, IL 60099.
What other lakeside camp resorts do you love to visit in Illinois? Share your favorite sites with us in the comments.