Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running thr
Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running through it that has a lot of geodes in it.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
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Great camping location right next to the river. We hunted for geodes and enjoyed a nice campfire. Very quiet area. Could be cleaned up a little with junk throw about on the cliff side.
Easy fun camping with animals!
What a gorgeous campsite! We stayed at site #3 which had a picnic table, as well as a 3-tier wood structure at the back of the site. This was super helpful and used it as multipurpose surface during our stay. Lined up our geode treasures, then we ended up packing up the tent a night early and staying in the car to avoid a mud and rain-filled pack-out (we’ve been rained on our last two trips and were kinda over it this time around). So we stacked our more waterproof stuff on the tiers & tarped it overnight to free up space on van floor for sleeping.
The creek was a joy to listen to—a beautiful white noise that helped clear the mind. The train tracks are directly on the other side of the creek, and having lived in a train town in the past it was a peaceful and welcome addition. It only passed us twice during our 3-day stay. There are houses at the top of the ridge line, but we forgot they were there and they don’t have a good vantage point for the site, even with the still bare trees.
The fact that it’s a geode destination and that at least 1300 people flock to this neck of the woods each year is a bonus! We weren’t there for that, but they do extra in preparation for this event in order to give everyone a readily accessible geode hunting experience.
As it says, no running water (the creek is swimmable but do not drink it unless you have a proper filter or plan on boiling it!). If you want an amazing experience with a good host, this is the place. You won’t regret it
Great place to stay!
Area is close enough to civilization that you don’t feel completely isolated but it’s secluded enough to get the solitude you desire!
Very beautiful spot & even saw some wild turkeys! I would highly recommend this spot!
Been wanting to visit the Keokuk area for awhile now to hunt geodes, and this was a awesome place to camp and hunt geodes! The scenery from our site and along the creek was. Camp was close enough where we could run to the gas station in the morning for coffee. Will probably camp here again.
What a great spot! Would recommend to anyone who loves rocks and fossils! The spot was well maintained and secluded. We loved it here so much our overnight trip turned into 3 nights!