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About Chain OLakes State Park
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Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Chain OLakes State Park is located in Illinois
42.446 N
-88.188 W
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13 Reviews of Chain OLakes State Park

fun place, small hikes and beautiful prairie views

cruise in a kayak!

I love to kayak through here because I don’t need to paddle through the river unless I’m feeling competitive. I enjoy this route for the wildlife and nature scenery. I’ve seen beavers, minks, ferrets, and sand cranes on my two trips so far.


It’s ok, tends to fill up with RVs from people living out of, than actually camping.. Raccoons In trees are pretty cute.. you can ride horses or rent a tiny boat.. Ammenities are basic.. The public come here to launch boats in the summer it’s sad to watch. Decent sized park for the area.

Boaters dream

There is nowhere to swim here, they have multiple camp sites, a couple of group sites and a few cabins to rent. There is a concession area, however it is a moderate hike to get to from the campground area. This campground would be best for those who want to spend their time fishing, kayaking, or paddle boarding as it is connected to the fox river.

Great for local get aways

Great for the times that we have to work weekends and still want to go camping. We can both drive to work and then come back to relax. Close to some great places for antiquing if you don't want to hike the trails or fish. The only big minus is the full hook ups fill up fast no spur of the moment camping unless it is early or late in the season. The other thing is ALL Illinois State Parks are now enforcing a no alcohol policy even if you are on your own site.

Lovely kayaking

We chose Chain O Lakes because we enjoy kayaking and with 7 lakes connected by small tributaries this fit the bill. Also it is 30 miles from Shipshawana where the Amish have a flea market and auction (Tuesdays & Wednesday) . Rangers were helpful and delivered firewood to our site daily. Bathrooms could use a bit of paint but were clean enough. We were there during the week and had he place to ourselves. All in all it was a fun stop on our way to Colorado.

Nice State Park

We were there for a group camp out. The site was large and clean. The fire pit was clean and spacious enough for a large fire. The water was nearby. The vault toilets were acceptable. They have a handful of paths to walk. The flush toilets and shower houses are clean throughout the park. It was a great place to have our group camp out.

Typical State Park Campsites

The state park is larger than expected with decent amenities (boat rentals, concessions, relatively clean pit toilets) and areas designated for trailer camping and tent camping.

We stayed in the Turner South Loop, one of the older tent camping loops, and the age definitely showed. Most of the sites on this loop are pretty worn, with not much privacy. We stayed in T10, but would consider T9 if we returned to this loop for a different reserved site. The prairie loop looked a bit newer with bigger, less worn sites. Both loops had grill pits that were well-maintained for fires and campfire cooking.

Trails were geared more towards horses and bikes, but there are plenty of walking paths, and we were able to find some hidden trails along the lake (read: unofficial). Overall, a place for relaxing and leisurely strolls and not hiking.

Nice selection of activities!

This is a local state park with options for hiking, canoe/kayak rentals, boating, horse back riding trails or rentals, and camping. The hosts do a good job keeping the bathrooms stocked and clean. Little shop with fishing/camping basics. Cabin rentals are also offered. I prefer the non electric sites as they are larger.

Good Starter Camping Near Chicago

This is our go-to state park when I need to get out of Chicago for the afternoon. We camped here once as a starter trip with our two kids, since it was easy enough to go home if it all went south.

Non-electric sites in the loop on the small fishing pond were relatively quiet, well shaded, with decent screening between sites. Easy walk to bath house adjacent the electric sites, which were jammed with RVs.

Nice easy hiking/biking trails. Boat rentals. Stocked concesion building.

Our kids, 4&8, really like it here. Nothing too hard or scary for my little city kiddos.