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The best camping near Hennepin Canal State Trail

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Hennepin Canal adventure.

From boating to biking to snowmobiling, year-round adventures and spectacular scenery await.

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Zellers' Peaceful Place

7 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres 路 Ashton, IL
We have 4 acres of flat land with lots of flower beds. Our property has a great view of a BNSF rail line, about 1 mile away as the crow flies, so trains are heard. You can bring your own tent or we can set one up for you with a large inflatable queen size bed. You'll need to bring your own sheets and pillows. If you want to just escape home quickly, book our Cabin Shalom where everything is ready for you including sheets, fridge, microwave, coffee pot, tv with DVD, wifi, and a chimnea fireplace We have firepits and $5.00 firewood bundles available and I can provide smore makings if interested at a $12.00 per package charge. We are halfway between Rochelle (with it's railroad museum, Kennay's Distillery, Artist's Garden, other quaint shops, and Chicago Land Skydiving Center) and Dixon-the hometown of Ronald Reagan and the Petunia Festival. We are close to Nachusa Grasslands with their buffalo and Franklin Creek Park with it's natural spring and hiking trails and Oregon with their bike paths and Autumn on the Prairie in Oregon Illinois.
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Whispering Pines Events & Lodging

47 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Geneseo, IL
Welcome to Whispering Pines, a family focused campground to help you get away from the daily grind. Surround yourself amongst tall pine trees as you hear the wind whisper tranquility all around you. We are a family owned campground with a heart to serve people and provide a peaceful environment where families and individuals can enjoy making new memories. Whispering Pines is an event and retreat center that offers lodging and camping amenities. We also have a chapel ready to host your ceremony. We have RV hookups, tent sites, cabins, a lodge, and an event center. We can help you create a package to fit your needs and budget.
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Bollman Lake

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents7 acres 路 Nelson, IL
This is part of my grandparents farm that was used to build the bridge along the tollway.Learn more about this land:7 acre lake along interstate with a total of approximately 13 acres to camp on. Lake is used to jet ski, canoe, and kayak on. Your are welcome to have a small fire as long as it is not a fire hazard or fall when nearby crops are dry.
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Vintage Spring Lake Campground

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Savanna, IL
Spring Lake Campground was est. in 1943. The lake is fed by the Mississippi River and there is access to the lake and directly to the river for kayaking/boating and fishing, which is a popular reason people come to the campground. Another popular draw is that the Great River Bike Trail runs right through! It鈥檚 a beautiful ride from the campground to nearby Savanna, IL. There is so much to do in the surrounding area: hiking and climbing at Palisades State Park, restaurants, bars and shopping in Savanna, museums and more. But enjoying a peaceful time at the campground, having a bonfire, watching the sunset on the lake and seeing the stars at night is really what it鈥檚 about. True old school camping-enjoying the wildlife sanctuary. Get outside and relax. *We ask that our campers please arrive before dark to find their site and set up to avoid disrupting other campers. It gets really dark! We do not have street lights so people can see the stars. Learn more about this land: A Vintage campground est. 1943. Known for kayaking and fishing, this is a true campground. Instead of pavement, we have grass and trees but our best "amenity" is the peaceful outdoors! The Great River Bike Trail runs right through our campground. Rent a canoe or kayak (through October 1st) Historical Savanna, IL is close by. Enjoy Illinois!
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Avalon Unity Garden

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents1 acre 路 Tampico, IL
This garden is intended to help people connect to Mother Earth. There is room for yoga or meditation with the plants. You can sleep in a tent, or your vehicle. It has a walkable spiral, an 18鈥 Mother Earth sculpture, an earth lodge for ceremonies and a hexagon swing area. It鈥檚 located in a very small farm community. We are about a mile from the Hennepin canal where you can walk, fish or canoe.
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Willow Tree Island Cabin retreat

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Byron, IL
Beautiful Cabin For Rent On Scenic Island In Byron, Illinois. Featured on https://q985online.com/byron-il-island-cabin/. Beautiful views of sunrise and sunsets. You'll be on the River. Is a short kayak or boat ride from Byron, IL. boat launch. Close to restaurants, bars ,grocery stores, golf, state parks, drag strip, and many other activities. Otherwise stay and enjoy this studio cabin's A/C, warm showers, kitchen, and toilet with a view. 2 queen beds, couch recliners, air mattress. Plenty of room for tents. Covered porch. Animal friendly.
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2nd Hand Ranch & Rescue

1 site 路 Lodging10 acres 路 Princeton, IL
Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Located at 2nd Hand Ranch & Rescue, this tiny house in the timber was built to share the beauty of nature with folks that want to camp.... but not really camp. This 12x12 house is off grid with a cute outhouse nestled in the timber behind the wildlife rescue. Relax and unplug for the weekend and know 100% of the fee goes to the animal rescue. We bring your supplies up via Gator as you hike the trail up. PLEASE NOTE: NO RUNNING WATER/SHOWERS
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Lake Thunderbird Camping

1 site 路 RV2 acres 路 Putnam, IL
A beautiful wooded lot approximately 2 acres in size with plenty of open space, large in ground fire pit, and spacious flat driveway for larger vehicles. Adjacent to dedicated open space and park within walking distance with such amenities as frisbee golf, putting greens, and a playground. Around the corner from clubhouse with pool and lake views.
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Kayak Starved Rock Campground

32 sites 路 RVs, Tents42 acres 路 Ottawa, IL
we allow primitive tent camping, tear drop campers, pop up campers. we are right on the illinois river across from Starved Rock State Park. Towering views of St. Peters sandstone bluffs, soaring bald eagles and sandy islands. We are primitive. no water no electric. Just beautiful riverside camping with ultra clean pimped out porta potties that have wipes, underarm spray deodorant, air freshener and hand sanitizer. Please note kayak rentals or guided kayak tours are not included but may be purchased onsite or from our website kayak starved rock campground KAYAK STARVED ROCK CAMPGROUND Camping Rules Our Rules are to promote a family friendly and safe camping experience We reserve the right to evict anyone without refund for improper behavior or failure to observe our rules and regulations. All Campers must check in/show ID at the KSRC office and sign a waiver and receive a parking pass/wristband. WE DO NOT ALLOW GUESTS! ANYONE ON THE PROPERTY MUST BE REGISTERED AHEAD OF TIME AS A CAMPER AND PAID FOR! All Campers are required to wear wristbands. All vehicles must have a Parking pass on the dashboard. Anyone within camp area must have a wristband on. You must be 21 y.o. to make a camping reservation. If anyone in the camping reservation is under 21 then someone 20 years older must be present at all times camping with the person(s) under 21 NO GENERATORS!!!!! NO MUSIC IS TO BE PLAYED THROUGH SPEAKERS AT ANY TIME QUIET HOURS ARE FROM 10PM TO 7AM THAT MEANS NO NOISE WHATSOEVER. Strictly Enforced Vehicular entry/exit is not permitted between these hours. Children should be on campsite by 9:00 pm. If you violate this rule you will be evicted without refund and you will be banned from ever camping again. IF YOUR CAR DOES NOT HAVE A PARKING PASS IT WILL BE TOWED AT YOUR EXPENSE! Check-in is at 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 3:00 pm. Footwear must be worn at all times in the camping area. The speed limit is 10mph in the campground. We have Jumbo wood bundles for sale($8) at the front office. You may not use any wood(>3鈥漝iameter) found within the campground for your campfire. Swimming is prohibited from any beach in the campground. You may wade up to your thighs however, ALL CHILDREN MUST HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON AND BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES we do allow well behaved leashed dogs at this campground(please be advised that Eagles can harm small dogs. we are not responsible if your dog inflicts harm/and or injures Glass containers/bottles of any sort are prohibited in the campground. Garbage must be bagged and placed into the Dumpster within the Campground upon leaving. If any garbage is left at your site you will be charged a $50 cleaning fee. No fires permitted except in fire rings. Absolutely no firearms or fireworks! IF FOUND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. No ATVs, dirt bikes, motorized scooters (battery or gas) WE are not responsible for damage or theft of your personal belongings. Please leave all valuables at home. WE DO ALLOW WELL BEHAVED LEASHED DOGS AT THIS LOCATION ONLY 2 DOGS MAX PER CAMPSITE
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Del Boca Vista

1 site 路 RV8 acres 路 Pearl City, IL
Surround yourself in rural Stephenson County with farm fields and woods. Secluded level full hook up 40 ft RV site located on functioning farmette. Picnic table, fire pit and charcoal barbeque grill. 2 miles to Lake Carrol ATV trail. (Access for LCA members only). 4 Miles to Pub's in Loran and 5 Miles to Pearl City. Bring your mountain bike and explore miles of gravel roads. 1/2 Court Concrete Basket Ball and Badminton sand lot to use. Sewer, Water and 120V 15amp connection is included in base nightly rental. There is a nightly fee for 50Amp RV connection. See "extras" to include this, If you don't have an RV you can rent ours! See "experiences". No dogs of any size in or outside are allowed. There are Free Ranging chickens and wildlife on the property, Please enjoy the farm fresh eggs!
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Totz Hill

4 sites 路 RVs7 acres 路 Lyndon, IL
Learn more about this land:Trail up to sites is grass. For the most part the site is an open field surrounded by trees and farmers field with plenty of room for whatever. Just a short walk across the road is Rock Creek that feeds into the Rock River. Plenty of fish, canoeing, kayaking. The site is also along the Moose Run dirt bike trails. Also about 20 minutes away from Mississippi River access. We are far enough away from the city but close enough to the town if you need anything.
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Rockford Ski Club Camp Site

20 sites 路 RVs, Tents33 acres 路 Rockford, IL
Learn more about this land:The Ski Club has 33 acres of prairie, forest, garden, and field. Beautiful forests with deer, turkey, and fox. The property leads to the Kishwaukee River where people can kayak or canoe. There is a view of the river valley from the camping field. The Ski Club has been a cooperative club for decades and members still ski and sled here. We are hosting a camping event for friends and Hip-campers Labor Day weekend (September 3rd - September 6th).聽The Club is easy to access off of Interstate 39. There is a gas station a half mile away and the city of Rockford is only a 10-15 minute drive away. People can camp in tents, car/vans, campers, or RVs in the mowed grass area. There is a well with limited amounts of water that is not drinkable but can be used to wash. There is electricity for phones, lights, games, etc. but will not power RVs. The club president can be reached at 8159794872
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The best camping near Hennepin Canal State Trail guide

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Step back in time in this sprawling 104.5-mile park, spanning five Illinois counties. Bridges and locks built from 1892 to 1907 provide lots to explore on the water. On land, a 155-mile smooth trail runs from the Illinois River to Rock River.

You can choose how you want to get around the park. Visitors can canoe, boat, hike, bike or ride horseback along the canal. Some parts of the trail also are open for snowmobiling in the winter.

Fishing in this regularly stocked waterway yields a wealth of bluegill, crappie, and bass. A playground is near the Visitor Center, and picnic tables are scattered along the canal. The Visitor Center also has displays that illustrate the canal鈥檚 history and its engineering innovations.

Class C and youth campsites are located at several points along the canal. Equestrian camping also is available. None of the campgrounds accept reservations.

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