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Camp Ondessonk

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· Ozark, Johnson, Illinois
983 acres hosted by Camp Ondessonk O.
2 tent sites
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Operating since 1959, Camp Ondessonk is a non-profit youth camp on 983 acres of beautiful wooded property adjacent to the Shawnee National Forest. Guests have access to several miles of paved road for walking and cycling, 15 miles of on-site hiking and biking trails, and access to a huge network of public Shawnee National Forest trails including the River-to-River Trail. Our property is home to the tallest free-falling waterfall in Illinois, Cedar Falls, as well as rock bottom creeks, canyons, prairies, forests, and hills. Detailed trail maps of our property and the surrounding area are available. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds, observe our horses grazing in the pastures, enjoy views of our lakes and forests, or relax by the campfire. Stop by the Camp Store at the Trading Post to purchase Ondessonk apparel, souvenirs, or essential items. To schedule a guided hike, boating, archery, or horseback riding program, or test yourself on our high challenge course or climbing wall, contact Ondessonk staff for program availability and more information. The Camp Kitchen can prepare certain meals for you; contact us for meal availability and more information. 
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Ozark, Johnson, Illinois, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Camp Ondessonk O.Joined in August 2020
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Jack C.recommends
November 20, 2023
Durbin's Barn at Camp Ondessonk
The staff at camp Ondessonk were beyond accommodating and they even went out of their way to make sure that I had the proper accommodation for my trip even though I was getting there after hours.
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Dan E.recommends
November 16, 2023
Durbin's Barn at Camp Ondessonk
Great spot for camping near Shawnee national forest!
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Kelly R.recommends
November 6, 2023
Durbin's Barn at Camp Ondessonk
All Around Outstanding Host & Site
Durbin's Barn was the perfect site for our weekend getaway to celebrate 7 years together! The forecast called for rain & colder weather. We were able to get out & explore the nearby trails before the rain settled in. Trails were well marked & maintained. There was a very cool trail along the bluffs above a waterfall less than a 20-minute hike from our campsite. It was so peaceful, secluded, & serene - just the type of atmosphere to get away from the distraction of our daily responsibilities & reconnect with one another. We were also able to visit a few of our other favorite So. IL places - Vienna, Dixon Springs State Park, The Chocolate Factory, & Shotgun Eddy's. All within 20-30 minute drive from our site. We were also a short drive from Bell Smith Springs, Fern Cliffe, Burden Falls, & Jackson Falls - to name a few. The barn kept us warm & dry. We set up our tent and hammock in the loft & listened to the rain on the tin roof as we slept snugly under our mountain of covers. When we first arrived at the barn there were about a million unwanted guests flying & crawling on the walls - Japanese Beetles. LoL. But we just stayed outdoors next to the fire pit until the sun went down & the full moon crested above the treeline. When it was time to retreat to the tent, the buggy invasion had dispersed & all was clear. My car got stuck in the mud as we were leaving but a quick text to the camp staff & we were on the road only 40mins later. Now that's service! We will definitely be back!
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Eric M.recommends
September 9, 2023
Kane Lake at Camp Ondessonk
Great catholic camp. Beautiful setting in a valley. The staff (chris) was extremely helpful and got me to Kane lake which I had to myself. Was a beautiful evening and I would definitely go back again if I am in the area.
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Ashlyn M.recommends
August 30, 2023
Kane Lake at Camp Ondessonk
Very private location with clear directions. I arrived late in the evening and the person on call came to open the gate for me fairly quickly.
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Lisa K.recommends
March 26, 2023
Durbin's Barn at Camp Ondessonk
What a peaceful retreat! We loved the close access to trails and wide open space for the kids to run and play, while being secluded and surrounded by natures beauty. This place is truly a gem. We arrived just before a day and a half of rain and were so grateful for the large dry space to stay out of the rain. The host was very responsive and helpful, and ensured a comfortable stay. Highly recommend a stay at Durbin’s barn!
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