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Illini State Park, Illinois

Check out Illini State Park which is located along the Illinois River just south of Interstate 80 and southwest of the Chicago area.

Sunset from Illini State Park Campground

Illini State Park is a cute little recreation area located across the Illinois River from Marseilles Illinois.

Illini State Park Camping

There are campgrounds at Illini with 104 campsites total.

Whitetail Campground is a wooded area that is back from the river. This campground has both electric and tent sites.

Great Falls Campground has two distinct areas. There is a non-electric tent area in a wooded area.

man looking at the river from a campsite at  Illini State Park

The Great Falls electric sites are along the river.

man camping at  Illini State Park

We stayed on site 14 along the river.

We enjoyed watching the river and seeing barges go by.

All of the campsites come with a fairly level drive fire pit and picnic table. There are four 50 amp sites in the river view area.

campsite at Illini State Park

There is one cabin for rent along the river.

Illini State Park campground

The main shower house has two showers and two toilets on each side. It is located right where the wooded and river view campsites come together.

The dump station is located near the main shower house.

Water spigots are located throughout the campground.

Camp near Starved Rock and Illinois River

There is a concession stand right by the ball field near Great Falls Campground. This stand is a popular place for locals to get ice cream treats. They sell kiln-dried campfire wood that burns really well!

Illini State Park sunset

Even though this campground is across the river from a town and right near a damn, it’s fairly quiet.

There is a large grass area between the river view sites and the Illinois River.  Older benches are placed throughout this area so that you can sit and watch the river.

Illini State Park is popular with travelers going across I-80. Fisherman’s Corner Campground is another great riverside camping spot just off I-80 in Illinois.

sunset over the Illinois River

State here for three nights and enjoyed hiking at Starved Rock State Park and explore the cute town of Ottawa. Enjoy more Midwest hiking at Fox Ridge State Park and Kickapoo State Park in Illinois, or Indiana Dunes State Park and Turkey Run State Park in Indiana.

We camped at Shabbona State Park after our stay at Illini.

Renee Richter

Monday 25th of April 2022

This was perfect timing as we're planning our short summer camping trips right now. We have a big camp planned for New Mexico in Sept but like staying close to home during gardening season. Right now we are in Prophetstown State Park in Indiana about a two hour drive from our house in the western suburbs. This is a really clean and neat campground with lots to do. We'll definitely come back here with grand kids

Diana Hansen

Monday 25th of April 2022

We have friends that have recommended Prophetstown SP. They have some mountain bike trails nearby. Maybe we will get there this year.

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