Calling all beach bums: pop a squat at this campground for some prime (and extremellly limited) Illinois beach real estate. The large campground sits just to the west of Lake Michigan’s banks, and its proximity to the sandy beach makes the packed-in campsites worth it. There’s also a youth campsite available for rent that fits up to 60 rowdy youths.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
224 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

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Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Illinois Beach Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Kristen
Kristen A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 25th, 2017

We loved it here and I highly recommend sites 246-249 because these are the full shade sites. These sites back up to a green area and are shaded by tall pine trees. It smells glorius. The walk to the beach is about 5 minutes by foot and your camp fee pays for a private beach feeling. You also have the privilege of enjoying a vacant midcentury building for a quick reenactment of the "Walking Dead" and photo ops.

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Hipcamper David
David P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

Has alcohol-free zones if you'd like to avoid the possibility of late night tom-foolery that may be associated with alcoholic revelry.

Hipcamper Elva
Elva D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 5th, 2015

Great campground for a quick getaway from the city. We try to camp here every year, but sites book fast.

Hipcamper Migle
Migle G.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2017

Not a lot of shade, bring canopy.

Hipcamper Monica A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 31st, 2018
Hipcamper Althea F.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 6th, 2018
Hipcamper Evlynn R.
recommends this listing.
April 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Erica C.
recommends this listing.
March 17th, 2018
Hipcamper Joe U.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
December 11th, 2017
Hipcamper Mauricio A.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2017
Hipcamper Patrick C.
recommends this listing.
February 4th, 2017
Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park
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42.434° N, 87.804° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 224 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)

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