US Forest Service – Official USFS information about RV camping in the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted on lands managed by the USFS. Includes public campground information.
US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about COE lakes and RV camping opportunities in Illinois.
US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Illinois. Some wildlife areas permit camping. Check refuge regulations about restrictions.
Illinois RV Camping
Illinois RV Camping – All The Comforts Away From Home
Illinois RV Camping
Illinois RV camping locations offer spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations throughout Illinois.
Illinois RV Parks and Campgrounds
Illinois RV Parks – Research tools for finding the best privately owned Illinois RV parks and campgrounds.
Federal RV Camping Information
State RV Camping Information
Illinois State Parks – Information about RV camping and campgrounds in Illinois.
Illinois Wildlife Areas – Information about state wildlife management areas (WMA) and RV camping opportunities. Many WMA's have designated camping areas.
Official Illinois Tourism Website – Where to go, and what to do in Illinois. Includes RV camping suggestions.
Camping Reservations – Illinois Federal Reservation System for your RV camping trip.
RV Dump Stations In Illinois
RVDumps.com – Places to dump your RV in Illinois.
Sanidumps.com – Illinois RV dumps listed by town.
Free RV Camping In Illinois
Public Land offers many free RV dispersed camping opportunities. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has some free RV camping facilities. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV camping sites on public lands.
The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Illinois.
HWY-29 1 mile north of town east side of highway. Unused rest area. No facilities. HWY-29 1/4 mile south of town on west side of highway. Large gravel pull-off. Any size RV.
Eagles Market off HWY-79, exit 48B, going West. RVs & truckers welcome to spend the night in a back corner of their parking area.
City park on east side of town on US-24.
Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available in the Shawnee National Forest. Contact local forest ranger districts for recommended locations.
Designated free dispersed camping (boondocking) is permitted at the USDA Turkey Bayou Campground. Used as a hunting camp in the fall, this area is open year around for camping.
Illinois Public RV Camping
RV camping is allowed throughout Illinois in US Forest Service campgrounds, state parks and USACE (US Army Corp of Engineers) campground facilities. USDA Forest Service developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping. USFS campgrounds are usually primitive with vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Water and trash are sometimes provided.
The following are examples of the many great RV camping locations found in Illinois.
47 first come first serve campsites are available at the Apple River Canyon State Park. Hiking, biking, fishing are only a few of the outdoor recreation activities available.
RV camping is available at several developed campgrounds at Carlyle Lake. This USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) managed lake has fishing, hunting, boating, and is especially attractive to sailboaters.
57 campsites, 31 with electricity are available the at Oak Point Campground. Boating, camping, fishing, and hiking are some of the available activities.
A more rustic camping experience can be found in the Sand Ridge State Forest. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, camping, sport shooting, and more.
Year around RV camping is available at the USDA Redbud Campground. 21 campsites with seasonal water and vault toilets.
184 reservable campsites are available at the Kickapoo State Recreation Area. This former strip mine is now the home of nearly unlimited outdoor recreation activities.
8 public campgrounds are available at Lake Shelbyville. This USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) managed lake has over 11,000 acres of water, and 23,000 acres of land for recreational use.
Hundreds of reservable campsites are available at the popular Chain O' Lakes State Park. Boating, fishing, hiking and camping are just some of the outdoor activities available.
Basic campsites are available at the Des Plaines Fish & Wildlife Area. Outdoor activities include boating, fishing hiking, camping, and picnic areas.
13 campsites with vault toilet and 14 day limit are available at the USDA Pine Hills Campground. Fishing, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing are just some of the activities available.
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