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
ADA 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 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 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
Boating
Fishing
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Paddling
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Wildlife watching

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Hipcamper Lauren

Lovely private riverfront

Lauren V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 12th, 2021

This spot was really lovely if you're looking for a naturey, spacious, secluded off grid spot thats not too far from Matthiessen and Starved Rock state parts. It's your own private river front complete with a huge carport shelter for your fire, that would easily fit a small tent underneath (we slept in the van). Only things to mention would be it's easy to get your car stuck in the sand if you go too far in (we did, had an okay time getting out on our own) and you can see some cars and face some trailers on a far road. Still pretty dang private. Matt was super nice and went above and beyond to make sure we got in alright and had everything we needed. He even reccomended the near by general store, town, and hiking spots. We will be back! Thanks Matt. :)

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

Thanks Lauren! Hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Malina

Peaceful and private getaway!

Malina G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 22nd, 2021

Matt’s property was gorgeous! Super secluded with plenty of beach and forest to explore around the campsite. The property is between two rivers so you have a beach to yourself on one and across the other a public trail. There’s a town nearby if you need anything and starved rock is only ~40 minutes away for a day of hiking. Matt was super responsive and helpful! Like the other reviewer said be careful with your car on the sand but stay on the gravel and you’ll be fine.

Me and my friends are already planning on another trip to Camp Hennepin when we get the chance!

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on May 2nd, 2021

Was great to see you guys! Great guests left footprints only which was AWESOME!! Great guests. I have put up barriers so that we now have to stay on the gravel. And added a staging area for even better stability. Hope to see you soon!

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Hipcamper Eric
Eric Z.
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(Dispersed site)
May 3rd, 2021

Highly recommend. Beautiful private location on a beach. Girlfriend and I had a great time and exactly what we where looking for. Matt was a great host welcomed us when we arrived. Really appricated the firewood and amenities provided.

Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on May 6th, 2021

You guys were great guests! I appreciate how much you both really enjoyed being there! Also thanks for leaving a clean site! Hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Joel

Escape like it’s another state!

Joel B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 5th, 2021

Serene, beautiful, natural site nestled on land between the Hennepin canal pkwy trail and a creek. Excellent gravel space for parking our tow vehicle and 19’ camper, as well as a 26’ motorhome. Very dog friendly. A few freight trains didn’t even bother the bald eagles we saw several times. Lots of hawks and other birds to watch. Easy access to the creek from a stone path then beach at the other end of the property. Matt and Christa were fantastic hosts. We enjoyed every minute of the four days boondocking here and cannot wait to visit again!

Hipcamper Joel B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 6th, 2021
Property
Matt G.’s Land
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$35/night
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