The Best in Tent Camping Illinois  by John Schirle

The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois Guide Book

by John Schirle (Menasha Ridge Press)
The Best in Tent Camping Illinois  by John Schirle
From the bubbling creeks and step ravines of Apple River Canyon State Park in the northwest to the hiker’s paradise of Ferne Clyffe State Park in the south, Illinois is great for ten-camping weekends and vacations. But do you know how to find the right place? Here’s the answer. Maybe you seek a small, quiet campground near a fish-filled stream close to home. Maybe it’s to be a romantic interlude, or you have the kids and their friends in tow. In this guide, outdoor enthusiast John Schirle has compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you straight to the safe and scenic treasure spot you had in mind.

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To those of us from the flat farmlan ds of central Illinois, the topography of Apple River Canyon State Park is a pleasant surprise—can these bluffs and ravines really be part of the Prairie State? Am ...
Apple River, IL - Campgrounds
You can visit Dickson Mounds, Cahokia Mounds, Millstone Bluff, and other places in Illinois to view artifacts of the Native Americans who lived here long before Europeans came. At Beall (pronounced “b ...
Mount Carmel, IL - Campgrounds
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As I drove around the bend from the entrance of Beaver Dam State Park to the lakefront, I immediately wanted to stop, get out of the car, and stretch out on one of the benches facing the lake to take ...
Plainview, IL - Campgrounds
The eastern Shawnee National Forest boasts some great places for tent campers. Pharaoh Campground at Garden of the Gods is well known for its scenery, Pine Ridge for its beach, and Red Bud for the can ...
Vienna, IL - Campgrounds
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Few parks in Illinois can lay claim to as much fascinating history and even notoriety as Cave-in-Rock State Park, just east of the town of the same name on the Ohio River. From the 1790s to the 1830s, ...
Cave in Rock, IL - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The year 1848 witnessed an economic development that would forever change Illinois and the whole Midwest—the opening of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Dug entirely by hand, this 96-mile corridor linke ...
Channahon, IL - Campgrounds
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Comlara Park is both beautif ul and busy. McLean County has developed an attractive, well-maintained, and well-staffed recreational getaway here around 700-acre Evergreen Lake. The facilities are supe ...
Hudson, IL - Campgrounds
Delabar State Park is small—only 89 acres— but it’s perched on the banks of the largest of all the rivers that have influenced the history and geography of Illinois, the Mississippi. While this little ...
Keithsburg, IL - Campgrounds
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The campground at Devil’s Kitchen Lake has been around for a while—but it is also brandnew. It was formerly a 45-site RV campground privately operated under license from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Servi ...
Marion, IL - Campgrounds
Dixon Springs has long been a place to welcome visitors. More than a century ago, there was a small community, with a post office, gristmill, and general store here. Later a resort developed, comple ...
Golconda, IL - Campgrounds
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In 1963 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work in central Illinois on a dam across the Kaskaskia River, with the goal of developing a new mid-state watershed and recreational lake. The result was ...
Findlay, IL - Campgrounds
Before I ever contemplated writing this book, Ferne Clyffe was my favorite place to camp in Illinois. I’m almost done visiting campgrounds for this book, and it still is. Somehow the combination of be ...
Goreville, IL - Campgrounds
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I knew that Forest Glen County Preserve was another underappreciated gem when a staff member told me they often get visitors from Danville— 14 miles away—who are surprised to discover this beautiful s ...
Westville, IL - Campgrounds
Folks not from Illinois (or from Chicago, which almost counts as a separate state) often think Illinois south of I-80 consists of nothing but mile after mile of flat corn and soybean fields. I hope th ...
Decatur, IL - Campgrounds
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Giant City State Park has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy rappelling, horseback riding, or relaxing in the air-conditioned comfort of a completely furnished cabin, you’ll find it here. A p ...
Makanda, IL - Campgrounds
Over the years, the state of Illinois has taken advantage of its shallow valleys, rolling hills, and innumerable creeks to construct small recreational lakes that serve as the centerpiece of a number ...
McLeansboro, IL - Campgrounds
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Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area (JEPC) is one of Illinois’ newest parks, and everything about it sparkles. The campgrounds are immaculate, the buildings clean and modern, and the tr ...
Chandlerville, IL - Campgrounds
More than three hundred years ago, the Sauk, among other Native American tribes, traveled through north-central Illinois on their way from Lake Michigan to the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi R ...
Kewanee, IL - Campgrounds
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Kickapoo State Pa rk is a great place to play. Sure, the campsites are spacious, tent campers can use the shower house, and there’s a terrific little restaurant, but the prime attraction is recreation ...
Oakwood, IL - Campgrounds
Despite its sound, the name “Lake Le-Aqua- Na” does not come from some Native American language. It’s actually the winning entry from a contest to name the lake, sponsored by the local sportsman’s clu ...
Lena, IL - Campgrounds
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