Hipcamp host Matt G.,
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Welcome to Camp Hennepin. Where Heaven and the Hennepin meet. This 20 acres is surrounded by water. The Hennepin canal and the Big Bureau Creek. Lock 6 boasts a waterfall. There is over 100 miles of trails along the canal. Things to enjoy: Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, bike riding, shelter, campfires, wildlife / Bald Eagles, Canals, locks, trail's, star gazing, tent camping, R

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Welcome to Camp Hennepin. Where Heaven and the Hennepin meet. This 20 acres is surrounded by water. The Hennepin canal and the Big Bureau Creek. Lock 6 boasts a waterfall. There is over 100 miles of trails along the canal. Things to enjoy: Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, bike riding, shelter, campfires, wildlife / Bald Eagles, Canals, locks, trail's, star gazing, tent camping, RV's. Nice solid road. At the end of the property is a 3 acre beach where you can access the mostly quiet river perfect for swimming /floating with the beverage of your choice. Or put in upstream and end your kayak / canoe trip at the camp. You will think you are in Missouri.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Matt a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Hennepin in Illinois.

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Hipcamper Tim

Super private, beautiful…..do it!

Tim S.
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(Dispersed site)
October 31st, 2021

Perfect for a weekend camping trip. Matt and his wife are an awesome easy going couple and have done an awesome job with the property. My party and I stayed at the covered canopy area with the huge beach area and loved it. We definitely plan on coming back again when it’s warmer so we can enjoy swimming in the stream. If you love looking at the stars at night, this is an awesome spot if you catch a clear night like we were fortunate to have. The canoe ride was great and easy to paddle upstream on the canal starting from Lock 7 to get to the next where you just turn around and slowly float back down. Beautiful time of year and well worth it. Walking along the canal for a little hike was cool too. If you got young kids like me and my family do, this is perfect. THANKS MATT!

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Hipcamper darla
Darla K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 21st, 2021

What a gem this place is! Secluded, river front camping with miles of trails and lots of wildlife. We were there on a Sunday/Monday and had the entire place to ourselves. Matt is a gracious host and really wants his guests to enjoy themselves. We will definitely be going back!

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on October 28th, 2021

Thanks Darla! Hope to see you guys again and hope you get your camper worked out!

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Hipcamper Joel

Much needed retreat

Joel B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2021

A favorite for our dogs and us! Cute town nearby, amazing scenery, miles of the canal path immediately accessible. The hosts are easy down-to-earth people, which simply adds to the experience. Lots of quiet. Open space for the dogs to explore. Pretty great rain or shine!

Scenery is lost on the dogs
Hipcamper Bob
Bob R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 26th, 2021

Very beautiful place, and hosts are very helpful and friendly. Plenty of space for travel trailers or RVs, and very cool beach area for tent camping.

Hipcamper Kevin

Like paradise

Kevin S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 20th, 2021

Matt has a great spot here, & he's very helpful, & responsive. My husband Kevin & I absolutely love Camp Hennepin. Our favorite spot is by the beach the shelter offers a great spot to set up cooking facilities. There are porta potties that are well maintained on-site. We do bring a camp toilet so we don't have to drive over to them from the beach. There's a charcoal grill that's available to use provided you bring your own charcoal. We set up our tent with a view of the stream, and enjoy listing to the crickets and other wildlife at night. I love fishing the Hennepin canal. The sites are very relaxing, just the thing one needs to get away from the daily grind and a great way to destress and take your mind off Covid. We've camped here twice now and are planning another trip or two soon. It's remote enough to be away from others while close enough to civilization if any supplies are needed. We did filter water from the stream for cleaning and showering and in our camp toilet. We bring a water jug with water for drinking and cooking with.

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Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on September 21st, 2021

Thanks Kevin and Stacey! This is one of the best reviews we have ever gotten! Thanks so much and we love how much you guys love the place. It really is remarkable!

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Hipcamper Ashley

River camping

Ashley A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 13th, 2021

The campsite was excellent! We camped on the beach along the river and the sounds of it flowing at night was wonderful. Matt was incredibly helpful at getting us to camp, delivering the wood we added with our hipcamp booking and giving us tips to get the canoes into the canal. Would definitely go back!!

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on September 14th, 2021

Thanks for staying with us Ashley! That weekend was alot of fun! I loved seeing you buys get the campfire rolling first thing in the morning. Was beautiful from our site seeing the smoke roll up into the fog. You guys left an immaculate site, thanks for that and hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Jill

Where heaven meets the hennepin

Jill C.
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(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

Camp Hennepin is fantastic! Clean & serene, peaceful & tranquil. With the Hennepin Canal running along one side of the property, and a small river running along the other side, this is the perfect escape to nature.

With access to both waters directly from the campground, you can hike or bike along the canal path, canoe/kayak in the canal, or wade in the river.

Ice, refreshments, etc is just a few minutes drive away in the beautiful and friendly little town of Tiskilwa.

Host Matt is friendly and professional, and maintains the cleanest port-a-potties I’ve ever seen!

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on September 14th, 2021

you guys were great guests and we are looking forward to doing it again soon!

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Hipcamper John

Great secluded spot!

John S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

Matt has a great spot in between Big Bureau Creek and the Hennepin Canal near Lock 7. Wonderful opportunity to bring your bikes and ride forever (gravel). The locks on the canal are really cool to check out as well.

You can keep to his main flat and level gravel area if you have a big rig, or go deeper into his land with a smaller car and tent. There's a great rocky beach at the far end of his land -- this is really the best spot he's got.

My elementary school-aged boys loved playing on a huge gravel pile! So much for nature ;-)

Lots of neat wildlife. We saw a deer drinking from the creek; what must have been a heron (?); and what I'm guessing were three enormous catfish just swimming in circles in the late afternoon.

The bugs weren't all that bad. The stars were spectacular - with the Milky Way making a strong showing.

We highly recommend!

Our @okoume_overland teardrop camper at Matt's place right next to Big Bureau Creek. Enjoyed our time!
Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on September 14th, 2021

Thanks Jon! If you made that camper you are one hell of a craftsman! I dont know what it is about that gravel pile but the kids love it. Cheap thrills I guess. Glad you enjoyed the place and I do hope to see you guys again! The stars at night do put on a great show!

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Hipcamper Ash
Ash L.
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(Dispersed site)
September 7th, 2021

The pictures do not give this campsite justice to how amazing it is. We set up our tent just a few feet from the creek/river and had so much fun wadding in the water all day. Matt dropped off firewood right next to our fire pit and checked in on us the next day to see if we needed more. You may hear a train in the distance once a day but you will also hear a beavers tail splashing in the river, birds, frogs, and all the other wonderful sounds of nature. Whenever I have another break from school I will definitely be camping here again.

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on September 8th, 2021

Thanks Ash! Really enjoyed meeting you two and best of luck with your schooling!

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Matt G.’s Land
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$45/night
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