Hipcamp host Katie T.,
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Pitch your tent on 25 acres of the East Woods on Rainbow Pond, within driving distance to 4 state parks (Illini, Buffalo Rock, Starved Rock, Mathieson State Park). Located on the banks of the Illinois River in near (East) Ottawa, IL There is a shallow(Rainbow) Pond that covers about an acre of land. The pond is frequented by deer, ducks, turkey, blue heron, and many other


Pitch your tent on 25 acres of the East Woods on Rainbow Pond, within driving distance to 4 state parks (Illini, Buffalo Rock, Starved Rock, Mathieson State Park). Located on the banks of the Illinois River in near (East) Ottawa, IL There is a shallow(Rainbow) Pond that covers about an acre of land. The pond is frequented by deer, ducks, turkey, blue heron, and many other types of wild life (hunting is NOT allowed). Just down the lane is Dockside Bar & Grill where you can catch some music or dinner. Ottawa has many places in town (Within 2-3 miles) to eat, drink, enjoy live entertainment & shopping. Ottawa, IL is located 80 miles S/W of Chicago. We are about 3 miles from Skydive Chicago. This location is in town & there are noises from barges, trains, and neighbors.  They do not bother most people, but the location while isolated is close to amenities that may bother some people.  We are not a camp ground.   This is rustic camping.  No power, no water, bring bucket & bag to take out your waste please.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Katie a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


This camp site is within a mile of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Bike and Hiking path,


Boats can be launched at one of Ottawa, Illinois free boat launches. We do not have a dock.


Illinois Fishing license is required.


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You can canoe or raft in Rainbow pond. The water is generally shallow with a mud bottom.


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Natural features you'll find at Ottawa IL East Woods / Rainbow Pond in Illinois.

River, stream, or creek

The Illinois River has a swift current. Only experienced swimmers should enter the water.

Swimming hole

Rainbow Pond is a shallow mud bottom pond. Always swim with caution. Children should always be supervised.


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Hipcamper Erica
Erica J.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 10th, 2018

Our host, Katie was very kind and good with communicating. The camp sites are gorgeous! - but ONLY if you dont mind some SERIOUS interstate /bar next door/hospital/ some beeping factory/ and a train station NOISE! So sad, the campground itself looked to be a million miles away, and if you're deaf, OR possibly looking for a party spot w lots of alcohol...sure would be marvelous! BUUT if u want a nice relaxing /romantic get away from the noises of city life this is NOT the place! After listening to sirens, trains,interstate.and beeping noises all night...drowing out the natural sounds we came for:(:(:( - we ended up getting up at 5am because sleep was impossible, and leaving. So sad, its such a beautiful place, if you don't mind it sounding like you pitched your tent in the middle of an intersection in downtown ottowa.:(

Hipcamper Adam
Adam M.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2018

This place is AWESOME! If you are looking for primitive camping in Illinois, it is second to none. I will definitely be going back for every camp outing I do in Illinois. Upon arriving, Katie met me in town and I followed her to the property I would be staying at. We walked through the gate and down a grassy road through the woods for about 200 yards before coming to a clearing. Beautiful. As I looked out over the pond I saw all sorts of wildlife (beavers, turtles, frogs, deer, etc). We headed south as she showed me a couple more good spots I could set up and pointed me in the direction of the river, which runs right along the property. Overall a perfect experience. Huge area all to yourself without having to worry about camping neighbors right next door like every other campsite. Me, girlfriend, nephew(5yo), and 2 dogs in case you were wondering.

Hipcamper Katie
Response from Katie, the Host, on May 27th, 2018

Adam, thank you for being my very first Hip camp camper! You were full of smiles and cheerful! I loved your two very well behaved dogs. You were a wonderful guest and are welcome when ever you want to come to my little wild paradise. Thank you, Katie Troccoli

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Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob R.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2018

Wow! What a spectacular place!! Katie came and met me when I arrive and was a very sweet and helpful host. The pond is beautiful and there are a few easy trails to hike on the property. Unfortunately I caught some lighting around 8:30 and it was too hot to sleep in my car so I ended up at a hotel but I will definitely be back. If you ask when you stay, she has a couple of other properties not listed on hipcamp. Thank you for such a wonderful stay!!

Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly M.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2018

My time on Katie's "private state park" was beyond incredible! A large piece of wooded land with trails and a pond - you are sure to see and hear wildlife! There is a raised peninsula area overlooking the pond that is the most ideal spot to setting up camp. I felt so immersed in the beautiful rhythms of nature - hearing the birds during the day and the frogs at night.

As a solo traveler, Katie made me feel so comfortable and safe. She gave me a tour of the land and let me know what sort of animals lived there. She even invited me to text her if I got scared and she would find other accommodations for me. Katie was very accessible via text before my arrival and even suggested a local grocery store when I let her know I had to pick up a few things.

If you are visiting Starved Rock and are looking for local, primitive camping - I don't think it can get any better than this!

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Hipcamper Mike
Mike D.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2019

Great spot! If you are looking for a space to relax in privacy, this is wonderful. **Disclaimer, if it has recently rained I would make sure you are driving an SUV. You will need the four wheel drive!

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 2nd, 2018

The space was nice and pretty quiet. Not much road noise (but there was a bit.) power was not working for some reason.

Hipcamper Seth
Seth C.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2018

Hostess was fantastic! Site was secluded and gorgeous!

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Hipcamper N
N C.
recommends this listing.
August 6th, 2018

Very pretty, but lots of traffic noise.


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