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Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park

About

State Park

Our Class-A Premium campground is located in the main park with shower facilities, flush toilets, and all sites have electricity. Water is available by pump at designated locations throughout the campground and at the sanitary dump station. This is a very wooded area with 4 loops-Oak, Hawthorne, Osage & Hickory. Pit toilets are also located near each loop. Alcohol is prohibited and credit cards are not accepted at the site.

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Location

Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park is located in Illinois

Detail location of campground

Directions

5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais IL 60914

Address

5314 West Rt 102
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Coordinates

41.1893 N
87.9627 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites

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11 Reviews

Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2023

Simple state park along the river

Potowatami campground is divided into four loops. We camped in the Osage loop. Garbage cans are at the start of the loop. A central shower house is on the main road midway between the loops. Right at the start of Osage is an entrance to the crushed gravel bike path. It gave us a great hike through the trees. You can find picnic areas and playground equipment by following the bike path. The camp host checks you in. He gave us the signal in case we drive out of camp. Wave the sign out your window and re-enter camp. He also told us about rock creek nature trail. It’s just across the main road near the ranger office entrance. There are another couple miles of trails if you want some diversity.

  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Art S., July 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Art S., July 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Art S., July 26, 2023
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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2023

Nice on a Thursday

First off the camp hosts were amazing! Very friendly and helpful!

Ok. Came in on a Thursday with no reservations. Camp Hosts got me a spot for Thursday and only had 2 available spots in the whole campground for the weekend so I took Oak 1 over the only other open spot.
Thursday night was GREAT. It was quiet and peaceful. Had a great day chilling on Friday during the day too. Friday afternoon people started funneling in and it still wasn’t too bad into the evening.

About 8 is when it got a little worse. There was a group that came in and occupied 2 sites. They were a little more loud but bearable. About 9:45 another part of their group came rolling in. That’s when it wasn’t as nice. They were trying to set up their tent with headlights/flashlights shining into our camp. Yelling back and forth between the 3 sites, etc. Finally I think the quieted down about midnight. Saturday. Still loud and a few of the cars in their group were in and out several times. Not a big deal except every time they were driving out a one way.

SiteOak 1
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Bennie , July 24, 2023
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Norbert K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2022

Camping

Perfect place for walking relax super quiet Helpful people I like it

Site24
Month of VisitNovember
Yang L.
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2022

Privacy, Vegetation and Bike Trail

Spacious sites with lush jungle-like greenery grown in between, which provides perfect privacy. Easy access to water pump. Have to drive to get to the toilet/ shower station though.

SiteOak 18
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Yang L., July 19, 2022
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Yang L., July 19, 2022
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H
Reviewed May. 25, 2022

Travel stop

Single night stay.

SitePotawatomi Hawthorne 2
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by HpM R., May 25, 2022
Valerie B.
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2021

Nice, wooded sites

This was our first camping here and we really enjoyed our stay in the campground. The campground manager was very friendly and helpful and our site was clean with a nice fire pit with built-in grill and very clean. Lots of shower stalls in the shower house. We will definitely be back!

SitePotawatomi 7
Month of VisitOctober
debe K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2021

Nice campground/IL state park

Nice sites in the Potawatomi Campground! Would have been a 5 star but no Campground host on duty the night I camped and no toilet paper in the toilet in the Oak loop. Can't make a reservation day before camping so that kinda sucks as everything is walk in... Am on a "purpose trip" and not a journey, so not partaking of park amenities. I would definitely camp here again!!

Site24 oak loop Potawatomi campground
Month of VisitOctober
Jacqueline F.
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2021

Lush area with lots of privacy

I wish we were able to stay longer than one day! I loved this spot! We loved riding our bikes along the river and just being away from the hustle and bustle. Not many amenities other than showers, toilets and hookups, but it just adds to the appeal here. A great spot to get away and experience some silence and solitude!

Site15
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Jacqueline F., July 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Jacqueline F., July 20, 2021
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Shannon H.
Reviewed May. 19, 2021

Great to be back! Land is beautiful

We had four sites on Osage loop for tent camping.  Two were very small (14&15), and little grass for tent setup, fine for RV or trailer campers.  They were private with brush between sites.  16&17 were amazing for tents!!  Open, tall trees for our tight rope and hammocks and shade. Grass for tents  16&17 Osage loop also open to 9&10 on Hickory loop.  With a lot of space between so no site setup is on top of each other.  Wish we knew more about individual site layout.  Grills were new.  Bathrooms inclu vault were cleanest I’ve seen.  Bike path/hike path is long and wide and very nice.  We had kids under age 8.  River is fast, tried to fish.  Stars were out.  Had rain Saturday but we all just hang out and manage just fine.  Overall, where the loops get close on the map, the sites back up with good space without ground brush - if you’re trying to string together a few sites for a group where you can pass through - also fine for strangers.  Biggest spaces.  Can add that 13, 6, 5, ,4  Osage are good RV but not good tent.

SiteOsage Loop Sites 14-17
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Shannon H., May 19, 2021
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Shannon H., May 19, 2021
phillip L.
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

Great

The campsites are very spread out and you will have a very private quiet campsite. This site is near a small cemetery that has tombstones that are hundreds of years old. I got to stay at site 14 at Davis creek. Potowatomi Campground and Chippewa Campground are not opened for the entire 2016. The sites are really limited around here so I recommend reserving weeks earlier or just come early. The site costed me about 8 dollars to reserve which was really cheap. The restrooms were really dirty and had a lot of insects flying around. There is no running water at the site so bring plenty. We did not have to collect firewood because there is a man walking around with a wheel barrow selling it which was really convenient. There is a short hike that crosses a bridge and it goes along the river

  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by phillip L., July 27, 2016
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by phillip L., July 27, 2016
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Andrea F.
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

Clean, Expansive

The area is well kept, clean, and well managed. I have frequented this park because it offers a lot of activities from primitive camping, RV parking, fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, etc. They're are some rock cliffs that are suspended over the Kankakee river and also over a creek that feeds it. These are great for climbing and scaling. Additionally, there are Indian caves through the creek where you can still find arrowheads. Exploring the area is pretty cool and the park is quite expansive and impressive for this state. It's great during all times of the year.

  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Andrea F., July 20, 2016
  • Review photo of Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park by Andrea F., July 20, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park?

Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park allows vehicles up to 35 feet.

Are fires allowed at Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Potowatomi Campground — Kankakee River State Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is good.