Lakeside camping near Chicago with fishing

Watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan or fish in the Illinois River on a camping escape near Chicago.

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2 top lakeside campgrounds near Chicago with fishing

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Michigan City Camping/4min to Beach

1 site · RV, Tent9 acres · Michiana Shores, IN
Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat at our secluded campsite in Michigan City, Indiana, nestled on 9 acres of lush woodland just minutes from the beach. Our spacious site accommodates multiple tents and features a hammock, bonfire pit (Fire wood provided), and picnic table for your comfort. Enjoy the tranquility of nature with the convenience of local breweries, wineries, and the Indiana Dunes National Park nearby. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, our campsite offers the perfect backdrop for your next camping getaway.
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Shore lakefront

1 site · Tent1 acre · Mundelein, IL
Learn more about this land:Beautiful peaceful and serene. Lakefront property-1 hour to Chicago- or Milwaukee. Great America 15 minutes - Chicago botanical gardens 40 minutes. Train station 5 minutes- local downtown eateries
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Lakeside camping near Chicago with fishing guide

Overview

At the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago mixes urban energy with expansive natural beauty. Stroll through Starved Rock State Park and fish for catfish in the Illinois River, or take a day trip to Indiana Dunes National Park to splash in the lake and enjoy the beach. Channahon State Park offers a look at local history with walking, fishing, and canoeing opportunities along the historic waterway. Campers can then find tent campgrounds and RV parks near Chicago and its natural attractions with amenities like restrooms and showers. Or try glamping accommodations like cabins and yurts with kitchens and wifi for extra luxury. Lakeside camping is also especially popular near Chicago, featuring boat docks, swimming, and beach access.

Where to go

Starved Rock State Park

Visit Starved Rock State Park to wander the banks of the Illinois River; fish for catfish, walleye, white bass, and carp; or kayak along the water. Thirteen miles of hiking trails are available year-round, and on-leash dog walking is welcome on the paths. A state park campground with showers, pit toilets, and seasonal porta-potties is available inside Starved Rock, with easy access to picnic areas and stargazing. Since it’s one of the most popular parks in Illinois, those looking to enjoy the on-site campground are advised to reserve a spot at least six months in advance.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Admire the natural coastline of Lake Michigan and relax in the sandy landscape on 15,000 acres of parkland at Indiana Dunes. Wander through spring wildflowers, beat summer heat with lake swimming, or snowshoe across the dunes in winter to make the most of year-round park access. Three campgrounds offer a range of camping options, including primitive walk-in tent camping, group camping, campsites with vehicle access, as well as campsites with access to restrooms and hot showers.

Channahon State Park

At the meeting place of the Kankakee, DuPage, and Des Plaines Rivers sits Channahon State Park. It makes a great trip for anyone seeking river views with a touch of local history. Fifteen miles of canal offer a sheltered space for canoeing, while an abundance of bass, crappie, and catfish make for exciting fishing. Primitive tent campsites with fire rings and picnic tables put campers on the edge of the I&M Canal Trail, where a stroll along the waterway affords views of historical buildings and original locks.

When to go

Most campgrounds are open year-round in Illinois, though winter snow can temporarily close some campsites and water amenities. Spring and fall are popular times to visit to avoid summer heat. Temperatures average in the mid 80s during these seasons. Lake and river trails often display beautiful wildflower blooms through April and May, while vibrant forest colors offer an attraction in fall. Chicago’s nickname as the windy city is well-deserved. Pack a few layers and a windbreaker to enjoy the fresh breezes along the coast of Lake Michigan.

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