When they said Mile after magnificent mile; right here, right now they really weren’t kidding! Dutifully holding it’s place as the largest campground in the Illinois State Park system, Eldon Hazlet State Park throws down some epic scenery and killer fishing in Carlyle Lake. Perhaps best known for its camping jams, the grounds yield numerous secluded tent sites and cozy cabin rentals all within easy reach of the water.
Campsite area
Cabin, Tent or RV sites
366 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


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Hipcamper Melinda
Melinda H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 3rd, 2017

This campground has a handful of great primitive tent sites right by the lake. They are beautiful and WAY cheap (win!). When we were there, in the middle of the week, there was only one other tent in our section, so we had most of the place to ourselves. There are true outhouses near the sites that are a little rough, but a real bathroom with showers close to the pool.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 16th, 2016

We always go for the primitive walk-in sites A,B, or C. They are right on the lake and usually a little less crowded than some of the other areas. The racoons are masters of this domain so don't leave anything out. They know how to open coolers too so if your cooler is to heavy to schlep back to the car, wedge it under the picnic table seat. Tie up any garbage too.

The outhouses are.... well outhouse-like. The main shower house/bathrooms are ok, but no soap for the sinks so bring your own.

Overall this might not be good camping for 'glampers' but the beautiful peaceful lake makes up for what the campground lacks.

There's also a 24 hour polar ice and firewood stand next to the Dollar General that's about 2 miles away.

Hipcamper Melinda H.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2017
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
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38.655° N, 89.337° W
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