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Camp Ondessonk
18 reviews
· Ozark, Illinois
983 acres
2 sites
2 Tent
Operating since 1959, Camp Ondessonk is a non-profit youth camp on 983 acres of beautiful wooded property adjacent to the Shawnee National Forest. Guests have access to several miles of paved road for walking and cycling, 15 miles of on-site hiking and biking trails, and access to a huge network of public Shawnee National Forest trails including the River-to-River Trail. Our property is home to the tallest free-falling waterfall in Illinois, Cedar Falls, as well as rock bottom creeks, canyons, prairies, forests, and hills. Detailed trail maps of our property and the surrounding area are available. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds, observe our horses grazing in the pastures, enjoy views of our lakes and forests, or relax by the campfire. Stop by the Camp Store at the Trading Post to purchase Ondessonk apparel, souvenirs, or essential items. To schedule a guided hike, boating, archery, or horseback riding program, or test yourself on our high challenge course or climbing wall, contact Ondessonk staff for program availability and more information. The Camp Kitchen can prepare certain meals for you; contact us for meal availability and more information. 
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Ozark, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Camp Ondessonk O.Joined in August 2020
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5 ratings · 18 reviews
Samantha V.recommends
August 23, 2022
Ondessonk's Lalande Treehouses
A unique and beautiful stay
Excellent stay, the campground is beautiful and well maintained. Staff is very kind and accommodating. We love staying here! Just note, the raccoons at camp WILL outsmart you. Lock down all food very well and don’t put scraps in the trash can.
Robert M.recommends
May 22, 2022
Kane Lake at Camp Ondessonk
Loved it!
Lovely large private space on lake with beautiful home nearby
Edward B.
April 22, 2022
Kane Lake at Camp Ondessonk
I stayed at Kane Lake for three days. I liked the peacefulness and quietness of the location. It rained heavily on my first full day and the site was soggy and muddy for rest of the stay, probably a matter of geology. The water container provision was nice and invaluable. However, the container was labeled “Do Not Use - Leaks”. Sure enough between my use and the leak I was soon left with a half container of ice cubes and no water. Obviously, I would have preferred a container that didn’t leak and could have done without the ice cubes - just water.
Treva K.recommends
April 15, 2022
Ondessonk's Chabanel Cave
Magical camping experience
Camp Ondessonk is amazing. We had the entire place to ourselves to enjoy during the week. Every employee we met was helpful, friendly and welcoming. We were celebrating my BFF’s 40th birthday right under the waterfalls! It was also our first van camping trip. A huge success. We will be back!
Lori A.recommends
April 8, 2022
Ondessonk's Lalande Treehouses
Camping with the fam
Even though we camped early in the season and it was cold that night, the area is absolutely beautiful. The hike we took was great with wonderful scenery! Had a great fire and my handsome bf cooked for us...it was awesome!
Nicole S.recommends
September 30, 2021
Ondessonk's Chabanel Cave
We loved it! the whole camp ground is so pretty. we enjoyed hiking and swimming and the cave site. We will be back again and again!
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