The best camping near Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area adventure.

Venture along 15 miles of shoreline to hunt ducks and geese or fish the river for the perfect catch.  

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Horseshoe Bend

7 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Roanoke, IL
Family owned private campground since the 1940's. Very secluded and private. Nice trails for hiking or biking. There is even a small "race track" in the bottom bowl near the creek.
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Black Sheep Flower Farm

5 sites · Lodging20 acres · Lewistown, IL
Million Dollar view! Stargazers & birdwatchers' dream! Black Sheep Flower Farm is a chemical free flower farm overlooking the Spoon and Illinois River valley. Beautiful hiking trails at Dickson Mounds and the Nature Conservancy (Emiquon) wetland preserve. We aim to provide an affordable and safe space where people feel free to be themselves and enjoy nature. Chill vibes. Quiet and romantic getaway! No homophobia, transphobia, racism or misogyny!
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$125
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River run

6 sites · RVs, Tents115 acres · Green Valley, IL
Learn more about this land:This campsite is great for fishing, kayaking, outdoor games, swimming in the river and sitting around the fire. We do offer a little pavilion and a sand volleyball court.
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Kickapoo Creek Getaway

1 site · Tent4 acres · Bellevue, IL
4 acres right on the creek when the water is low there is a huge beach you can even camp on! We own both sides of the creek don't worry about getting wet or using the beach on either side if accessible. You can fish the creek there are some deep holes on some bends and near the far bank that a good fisher can spot right away. There is a big fire pit and ring usually there is enough wood around the property to get a fire going(unless everything is soaked from rain). There is a gravel parking spot just off the road about enough room for 5 cars or you can park in the grass along the edge of the property by the road it is a 20 foot steep decent from the parking to the camping area just so you know that and going down to the creek are the only hills everywhere else is pretty much flat and wooded, but you can pretty much see your vehical from anywhere except the creek and the other side of course. There are picknit tables and some trash cans there as well. Also a nice walking path around the main camping area. I don't go down there alot to keep the grass and tall stuff down so might be a jungle at times but when I do get chances I go and clear out stuff. Sometimes the cars on the road can be loud at night but that's about all you gotta worry about here.
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Turkey knob

40 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Green Valley, IL
5 acres . Half wooded , half prairie. No frills camping, no electricity, no water , no bathrooms. Nice quiet peaceful place to relax. 2 miles from town where you can purchase basic necessities and ice . There are no shelters , chairs , etc . You must bring everything with you . I live about 5 minutes away and can assist and answer questions if needed
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Posey Ridge

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · Danvers, IL
I have a lake with lots of fish to go fishing, canoeing, kayaking. I also have small jon boat available for fishing. My property also has a outdoor his and hers privys..(bathrooms) No water though. I also have two construction trailers that we remodeled with couches chairs tables and refrigerators and TV's. These have a microwave in them to. These are available for people to stay in if wanted. They also have heat and AC. No water though. They cost extra to stay in.There's also places with camper plug ins. So power is available. Also have horseshoe pit and overhead cooking area. Great place for tent camping also. Have fire pit. And fire rings available. Also have access to firewood. Just no water. Great quiet enjoyable place for getaway to go fishing,canoeing or kayaking. Conveniently located between Peoria and Bloomington Illinois. Only about 3/4 from the Mackinaw river. For those who love to canoe and kayak on the river.
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Frakers Grove Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents250 acres · La Fayette, IL
Frakers Grove Farm has been part of my family since the 1980s, but its history extends back to 1828 when Michael Fraker arrived and negotiated a peaceful settlement with the local Native American tribes, becoming the first settler in North Eastern Knox County. His grave, along with those of approximately 26 relatives and friends, is located on the property. Camp on a 250-acre farm in Western Illinois, featuring a 1.5-acre pond stocked with Blue Gill, Crappie, Wide Mouth Bass, Catfish, and resident Grass Carp, plus a small creek. The property also has trails and abundant wildlife, including deer, American river otters, beavers, geese, wood ducks, and raccoons. A Jon boat is available for use on the pond. We offer 1 Walk-in Camp Site and 1 Drive-In Site by the pond, each with a fire ring. RV camping is currently in a trial phase; your feedback is invaluable. This area provides primitive wooded camping behind and around the pond, with the RV site located next to the pole barn. Note: The RV site listing is not normally active, so please reach out in advance if interested. Guest WiFi is available near the buildings. Assistance with transporting tents and supplies to and from the campsite on check-in and check-out days is available upon request. Facilities include a Porta Potty and potable water from a yard hydrant, both located near the Pole Barn. NOTE: This is an active farm with considerable activity involving heavy machinery during the spring and fall. We currently have chickens and are taking a break from pigs. The newly established pasture is expected to yield grass hay this year to help fund new fencing, a preparatory step for introducing cows.
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The Horsemeister Farm

1 site · RV, Tent30 acres · Hanna City, IL
Welcome to our thirty-acre horse farm! We are happy to host and share our farm to campers. Our farm is home to 2 Friesian stallions, who reside here year-round, alongside 15-20 mares that visit for breeding and foaling. We usually have 8-10 foals each year. Once the mares are bred back the foals and mares go to the other farm but approximately 4-5 months after birth, the foals return to our farm for weaning. Guests are invited to explore our fields, outdoor arenas, and trails at their leisure. We warmly welcome dogs. Our spacious campsite, located behind the barn, features a 30-amp plug-in, a picnic table, and a fire pit for your enjoyment. For larger groups that want MORE amenities we have the foaling apartment available for extra cost. This can be rented through airbnb. This has 2 bedrooms, a large handicap bathroom with walk in shower washer and dryer, 2 televisions, full kitchen with stove, microwave, oven large fridge and freezer with icemaker.
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Cottonwood creek farm

2 sites · Lodging110 acres · Elmwood, IL
One of a kind private venue. We offer over 100 acres of private woods with ponds, creeks, trails and so much more. Come for the day or the whole week. Stay in our brand new barndominium or pitch a tent in our meadow. Host a family reunion or even a small wedding and everything in between! We offer a full court gym , hot tub, outdoor heated shower, full kitchen and 1.5 baths. Awesome private destination!
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The backwater wetlands of Fulton County are like Club Med for migratory birds. Thousands of waterfowl (and occasionally bald eagles) use the lush surroundings as a stopover point.

Diverse wildlife roaming this 5,660-acre habitat, creating the perfect fishing and boating retreat for outdoorsmen.

This expansive conservation site is really a gathering of scenic lakes, which hug the Illinois River. Fluctuating water levels bring a fresh supply of fish through the seasons.

Anglers flock here to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, carp, sunfish, and bullhead. Pack your bow for archery deer hunting, and bring a boat for tranquil lake trips.

The 34 rustic campsites are first-come, first-served and mostly graveled. Be prepared for the joys of roughing it, since most sites only have electric hookups. No worries. You'll spend most of your time picnicking and marveling at the picturesque grounds.

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