River, stream, or creek camping in Illinois

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River, stream, or creek camping in Illinois

From Lake Michigan beaches to Shawnee National Forest trails—campers have options in Illinois.

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1912 Vintage Barn Experience
3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Niantic, ILThe 1912 Barn is a 106 historic post and beam barn that makes a wonderful backdrop for a night out in the country. Located only 25 minutes from Springfield historic sites and 10 minutes from Decatur, IL this location makes it easy to tour during the day and relax by the camp fire in the evening.
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Welcome to our Magical Woods
3 sites · Tents16 acres · Marseilles, ILPeaceful & enchanting. Very rustic and private. 
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CSC Permaculture Project
3 sites · Lodging, Tents9 acres · IL8.7 Acres, One Vision.We Are Building A Demonstration Project That Shows How To Create Truly Sustainable Community. Using Permaculture.Our idea is to:-Develop the overall biological health of the property, thereby increasing abundance and sustainable utilization of the land-Utilize the space for educational and demonstration purposes in accordance with our vision, mission, and goals-Create approaches and programs (Like Hipcamp!) to make the property economically self-supporting and capable of generating income for the CSC and for individuals working upon the property-Support the experience of community on the property by providing opportunities for meaningful relationships among those who work with the land and among those who visit the property for recreation, education, and meditation-Work to make the property inviting to the CSC participants, Stelle residents, and community visitors
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oh hey there I am!
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Bear Creek Farm and Ranch
4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents103 acres · Palmer, ILWe purchased our 45 acre farm in 1997, since then we have operated a sustainable small organic...
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Goatland
4 sites · Tents15 acres · Freeport, ILThis fifteen acre livestock farm in NW IL was my dream when I rode a cubicle, and had to go to the fair to pet a critter. Now I just walk outside and pet them as I unstick their slow learning heads from the fence.
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Hicks Haven
20 sites · RVs300 acres · Cobden, ILPart of my property has been in my family for over 50 years. Our farm has grown to its current 300 acres in the last 20 years. The farm is our home where we enjoy privacy and natures beauty. Learn more about this land:Camping spots available over Labor Day Weekend and throughout September and October 2017. Only 15 min. from Bald Knob Cross and Makanda, IL, 30 minutes from Carbondale, IL and close by Shawnee National Forest and State Parks. Camping Spaces are mostly 30 ft x 60 ft. with a few 40 ft. x 40 ft. spots. Spaces are marked so campers can choose from available campsites upon arrival. Campers must be self-contained. Tents are welcomed. Grass Surface with No potable water, electrical hookups, or dump services. Beautiful easy access outdoor secluded camping, near the small towns of Anna-Jonesboro and Cobden, IL. Located also on Kratzinger Hollow Road is the famous Blue Boar Bar and Restaurant and close by is Dixie BBQ, Brickhouse Grill, Yellow Moon Cafe, and other restaurants to enjoy. Hicks Haven is also located in the heart of Southern Illinois Wine Trail. There are several award winning wineries in our area. At least a dozen wineries are as close as 5 minutes to 30 minutes from the campsite.Several lakes are in the area and Parks with easy and rough terrain hiking paths. Just minutes away in Jonesboro is the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds which is home of one of the Lincoln/Douglas Debates. There are bluffs in the Shawnee National Forest Trail of Tears which is 5 minutes from the campsite. Plenty of other trails and parks are close by or just a short drive away.
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Gathering around the fire at Hickory Ridge Winery.
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Wine Trail Wilderness
8 sites · RVs, Tents37 acres · Pomona, ILWe call our home "The Villa".  It looks like an Italian villa structure appropriately placed between two wineries in the middle of the Shawnee Forest.  It is actually a straw-bale home with supplemental solar energy provided by an array of 18 solar panels.  Originally built as a Holistic Healing Center, we have converted it into a comfortable home with great vibes.  We have converted an old grain bin into a "GrainZebo" just outside our home as a great place to hang out with friends and family. We hope you enjoy the relaxed feel we get living out here in the woods when you come visit.  We will be happy to help you feel at home out here. 
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Peaceful Prairie Tent Camping
1 site · Tent12 acres · Decatur, ILWe live on a 19 acre hobby farm with chickens, ducks, a pig and a pair of sheep and miniature...
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Trail leading down to the creek path
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Horseshoe Bend
5 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Roanoke, ILFamily owned private campground since the 1940's. Very secluded and private. Nice trails for...
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East Woods on the IL River
2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Ottawa, ILThis 25 acre parcel was once owned by a sand mining company. There are mounds and valleys all along the Illinois River. We purchased the property in 1987, cut in the road and brought power to the property. The city of Ottawa recently annexed the property into the Ottawa city limits. It's like owning our own wild park.
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Rancho Comienzo
2 sites · Tents57 acres · Sheridan, ILRancho Del Comienzo is located at the intersection of Somonauk Creek and the Fox River. 150+...
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Setting up the tent in the huge, beautiful backyard
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Heron House
35 sites · TentsMurphysboro, ILHere the skies are dark, the laughs are belly-deep, the wildlife is boisterous, and deep breaths of contentment live among the breezes in the bluffs. Learn more about this land:A Weekend of World-Class Poetry, Barbecue, & BeerThe only literary event of its kind!Write. Eat. Drink. (Award-Winning Stuff. In Paradise.)SPACE IS LIMITEDTo register/book, select September 19 check-in and September 22 check-out.  That adds up to the $389 fee and will secure your registration.Quiddity International Literary Journal and NPR IL program is hosting a weekend of poetry master classes in conjunction with the legendary 17th Street BBQ’s 32nd annual “Praise the Lard!” Barbecue Championship Cookoff (one of the most pretigious cookoff events in the barbecue world) and the woodland paradise farmhouse brewery Scratch (specializing in foraged beer—a place All About Beer Magazine called “one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world”) in the gorgeous Southern Illinois Ozarks, a nature-lover’s nirvana.   Here’s the Lowdown:   Poetry master classes and events will take place at sundry and wondrous locations in and around Murphysboro in the Illinois Ozarks. Heron House, a private home on Kinkaid Lake in Murphysboro in the Illinois Ozarks, will be the launching point and night-capping point for all events.   Participants must be 21 or older. To register/book, select September 19 check-in and September 22 check-out.  That adds up to the $389 fee and will secure your registration. Tent-camping at Heron House is voluntary and available to a limited number of registered participants (first-reserved w/ payment confirmed basis).  Alternately, participants may elect to arrange other accommodations at their own expense. Campers should register here, through Hipcamp, as described above. Non-campers: Send us a message through Hipcamp. Participants will be enrolled in at least three poetry master classes held over the weekend.  An open-mic event will also take place. Participants include some of the most intrepid poets on the planet: that’s you. Faculty include Allison Joseph, Jonathan Travelstead, Amy Sayre-Baptista, Jon Tribble, John McCarthy, & Joanna Beth Tweedy. Participants will be conveyed by party bus to multiple events taking place over the weekend: Master class held at 17th Street Bar & Grill Master class held at Scratch Brewery Master class held at Kinkaid Waterfall Open mic and additional master class opportunities TBD Formal and informal workshop opportunities held at Heron House Praise the Lard! Barbecue Cookoff Championship Buffet & Street Party  (Friday evening) Praise the Lard! Fish Fry Buffet (Thursday evening) Additional on-your-own opportunities for writing, reflecting, hiking, boating, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming (rent ahead or bring your own equipment) are available in the area but not sponsored by Quiddity. Events will take place on September 19 (pm), September 20th (am/pm), 21st (am/pm), and 22nd (am).  Campers are welcome to arrive anytime Thursday the 19th for camping set-up before the evening fish fry, and campers are welcome to stay through the 23rd.  Prefer to extend your stay beyond that to do other cool things?  Just inquire! The $389 registration fee covers all master classes and workshops, the fish-fry and championship-barbecue buffets held on Thursday and Friday evenings, group party-bus transportation to and from the events, coffee in the morning and campfire treats at night at Heron House, and miscellaneous “party favors.” Other meals may be purchased or brown-bagged (participants’ expense/responsibility). Payment is due at the time of reservation.  A signed release of liability is required and may be signed on-site and accessed beforehand.  Cancellations made on or before August 18, 2019, will receive a 50% refund.  Cancellations made after August 18, 2019, will not receive a refund.  Participants only will be allowed at the Quiddity classes and workshops as well as on the party bus.  There will be beer available at most events.  Participants must use party bus for transport to events.   Things for Non-Campers to Know Registered participants who are not camping are welcome to arrive at Heron House early for coffee in the mornings and stay late for campfire treats.  Transportation to/from Heron House is on your own.  All participants must use the party bus for transportation to/from events.   Things for Campers to Know Camping is on private property, is conducted at-your-own-risk, and is not considered accessible, but should you like to discuss accessibility options, please inquire! Free coffee in the morning for early risers ('til it's gone), and free campfire treats in the evening Please feel free to bring instruments for around the campfire.  There will be moonshine to pass. Camping is intended to be a fun, social event—i.e., you will have camping neighbors.  Toward that end, friendly outdoor cats live on-site and may visit you. Self-sustaining cooking/campfire equipment welcome as long as it is in a contained unit that is raised off of the ground (please, no fires or dig pits on/in the ground—thanks!) Loading and unloading from vehicles can take place on-site; the parking lot is roughly a quarter of a mile away, within walking distance. Power is not available on-site for electric generators, and for the courtesy of others, gas-powered generators are not permitted.  RV camping is available (for a fee) close to Heron House.  Please inquire if you are interested in this option. Please prepare for all weather possibilities.  Events and camping are on, rain or shine.   Other Aesthetics Multiple gorgeous hiking trails—from easy to rigorous—and biking opportunities close by Walking distance to Kinkaid Marina, which has a restaurant, bar, laundry (coin), showers, and convenience shop Fishing docks within walking distance Beautiful lakeside and sunset strolls Scads of wineries in the area, including the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail The area is a nature lover’s paradise, surrounded by national forest and state parks and stunning beauty.   Eat world-championship barbecue! Drink award-winning beer! Steep yourself in nature! Craft your poetic legacy.  Get ready for a literary event like no other.  We look forward to passing the moonshine with you!
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Illinois might be notoriously flat—the state’s highest natural point, Charles Mound, is easily eclipsed by Chicago's Willis Tower—but there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures in the Land of Lincoln. Head to the windswept shores of Lake Michigan, grab your backpack and hit the trail in the Shawnee National Forest, or hop in your RV and set out along Route 66. With more than 300 state parks to explore, and a huge choice of campgrounds, glampsites, and cozy cabin rentals, campers have options to suit all four seasons. Summer is peak season, so book well in advance.

Where to Go

Chicago & Around

Once you’ve marveled at the skyscrapers and filled up on hot dogs in Chicago, you’ll find several of Illinois’ most impressive state parks within day-trip distance of the Windy City. Cool off at Illinois Beach State Park along the shores of Lake Michigan, hike to waterfalls and camp in the woods at Starved Rock State Park, or admire the fall foliage in Matthiessen State Park. For winter campers, Rock Cut State Park is a hotspot for cross-country skiing.

Great Rivers Country

Nineteenth-century towns, vineyards, and scenic river valleys provide a change of pace in Western Illinois. Hop between towns like Peoria, Moline, and Galena along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers; spot bald eagles in Grafton, or rent a cabin at nearby Pere Marquette State Park. Mississippi Palisades State Park is another regional highlight, where you can hike, rock climb, or cross-country ski, depending on the season. 

Land of Lincoln

Illinois’ bucolic heartland was the long-time home of Abraham Lincoln, and historic sites are scattered around the countryside between Springfield, Bloomington, and Decatur. If you’re up for one of the world’s most famous road trips, drive your RV on down to Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66, or if woodland views and lake fishing are more your jam, head to Walnut Point State Park, Wolf Creek State Park, or Sangchris Lake State Park.

South Illinois

The rambling Shawnee National Forest stretches over much of southern Illinois, encompassing miles of hiking and horseback riding trails between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Take your pick of some of the state’s most rewarding hikes, including the River to River Trail and the Rim Rock National Recreation Trail, and don’t miss the extraordinary rock formations of the Garden of the Gods. First-come, first-served campsites are available at several NF campgrounds, or you can pitch your tent or park your RV in the dispersed camping areas.

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