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

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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 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 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
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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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

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

Boating

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

Fishing

Illinois Fishing license is required.

Hiking

There is 25 acres of woods. Paths are not marked. You are within a half mile of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Her...Read more

Paddling

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

Swimming

Rainbow pond is shallow with a mud bottom. The Illinois River is South down a cleared path. The river has a swift current. P...Read more

Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

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.

Forest
Lake
Wetlands

Places to see near East Woods on the IL River

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Hipcamper Steven

This place rocks

Steven G.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2021

What a great property and Katie is just awesome to work with

Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin C.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

A great property and host for our stay. Katie was easy to work with, very communicative, and has kept her land well maintained.
There are multiple camp sites but she maintains 1 group per evening.
I had my 2 young sons with me and it was perfect for little ones (there is 2 sites of water pending their age). Lots of places to roam and explore without getting lost.
Bar had live music but the noise wasn’t bad and ended fairly early.
Definitely recommend Katie and this property.

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Hipcamper Edwin

Relaxing camping in the forest

Edwin M.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Loved it. Already thinking of coming back!

Hipcamper kim

Great host

Kim H.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2021

Katie was very flexible as we arrived after dark and had to leave early the next morning she accommodated us and the location was perfect to get in and out.

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew B.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2021

Beautiful spot! Make sure to bring bug spray- the site that overlooks the pond is pretty buggy once the sun sets. The view is worth it :)

Hipcamper Saronita

Wint camping trip

Saronita M.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Loved the peacefulness of the area! Great campsite with a variety of trials.

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Hipcamper Dave
Dave K.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2021

This is my third time camping there Katie was very accommodating and very helpful the property was amazing beautiful view clean well-kept easy access very peaceful I had a wonderful time as I always do when I go there

Hipcamper James

Great getaway

James Y.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2021

Katie was a great host. The site was terrific. We saw so much wildlife sitting there, the resident blue heron, turkey buzzards, banded king fishers and the hundreds of birds migrating to their winter homes. It's also a short hop into town to access the IM Trail and to stock up on anything. Highly recommended for a quick getaway.

Hipcamper Lacey

Secluded space for wildlife views

Lacey C.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2021

This was the second time we stayed at one of Katie's properties. She is an excellent host with great knowledge of the area. We loved the site and the beautiful pond that was lush with wildlife. (We saw deer, fish, frogs, turtles, and a snake--my kids loved it.) There were fun hiking trails with a small beach at the river. There's a great restaurant a short walk away. The only issues were the poison ivy and the random ATVs riding by our campsite.

Awards

Best in 2021 Illinois
Finalist
Best of 2019 Illinois
3rd place
Property
East Woods on the IL River
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$40/night
1 Site