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Boating & camping

Large campground that gets booked up most weekends. Clinton Lake is a boating destination as the waters are unusually warm due to the discharge from the nearby nuclear plant. There are several different loops within the campground, some are alcohol free and others have direct access to the lake. The bathrooms are basic vault toilets but kept very clean. We have camped here several times, and found depending on the crowds, it can feel a little like a party spot or can be quiet and calm. The different loops have very different feels…some are very shaded in the trees, some more wide open with a prairie type view. There is a beach and concession stand, group camping areas and lots of roads to bike around. We enjoy the boating/camping combo.


This is this is a beautiful Campground. All the sites are perfect there's not one bad site in this Campground. The camp host is very friendly and goes above and beyond to help you with all your needs.It is dog friendly and people friendly!

A wonderful campground on Lake Shelbyville!

An awesome campground on Lake Shelbyville with full amenities! A great place for family fun and camping.

Great campground!

Really nice campground on Clinton Lake. Has a really nice beach for swimming and picnics. Have about 20 nice full hook up spots and a bunch of electric sites. Our family spent a week there and loved it.

Great little campground.

Great little campground close to Charleston and Eastern Illinois University. Not really anywhere to fish close, but nice quite park.

An awesome and family friendly campground!

A wonderful small campground with clean shower house. A great lake for fishing and kayaking. A hidden gem in central Illinois with a great little family owned restaurant. The staff and camp host are super friendly and helpful!

Well maintained. Lots of wildlife,deer,turkey.

Greattach hiking trails. 12 miles of Mountain Bike trails

Nice big lots

Most of the sites are large with extra lawn area to set up games. This is a nice campground if you are looking for quiet time and not a lot of kids. They do not allow hover boards or motorized bikes of any kind on the roads. Kids were a little disappointed with that since they all have hover boards and they are allowed at all other campgrounds we have visited. Lots of deer in the golf course area. Campground was well kept. Internet reception was great.

Loved it!

Lake Shelbyville has everything: biking, hiking, a beach, fishing and the town has a small movie theater showing current movies for $4.00.

Great Place to Camp

Always a pleasant experience. The staff is extremely cordial and remembered us after the first visit.

Beautiful mature oaks abound

Plenty of shade. this is an older campground showing some of its age. The few full hook up sites are beautiful. Many of the other sites are out of level. All the site are pretty close to the water.

Many of the campers also have boats here that they anchor right by their sites

Nice State Park

we have come here several major holiday weekends and had no issues with the packed campground. showers we're warm and welcome. Made lots of friends and grandkids had a ball with other kids. campground is clean, flush and pit toilets. Hosts were always helpful.


depending on what you would like this campground has a little bit of everything. There are camp sites that are walk to for some more distance from others, a lot of close drive to spots, RV, and a lot of close boat camping sites. the park itself has a lot of trails to explore and a few lakes to fish at. it is also a local spot to tube.

Nearby race track

It’s a shame that this park is located so close to a motor speedway! The Saturday night tent camping ambience was ruined by the sound of cars rounding a track at high speeds from about 8-10 pm.

Before you book here, make sure the nearby speedway doesn’t have an event.

A place of memories

One of the first campgrounds I ever went to and when camping in Illinois, my go-to campground and lake. My wife and I love this lake and have a lot of memories here.

nice campground

the keepers are super friendly and accommodating. most lots are spacious. my only complaint would be that the trash dumpsters are too far away from the camping areas.

always a good time!

plenty to do! relax, fish, swim

Clean park

Lots of equestrian parking and camping flush toilets neat trails very swell nice better if s en during the fall. Fishing and boatibg here as well.

Peaceful, spacious sites and warm lake!

You wIll defInItely want to bring a suit. The lake is surprisingly warm. No dogs allowed on the beach. The sites were spacious, and ours had a path to the lake. Filled with poison ivy, etc, so long pants recommended when waking thru. Hiking path all around the shore of the lake. Some hidden fishing areas but we didn’t have any luck.

Great little campground

This campground is pretty close to our house (15 mom drive) so we camp here especially on weekends when we have to be home early or have commitments during the day. Campground is clean. Sites are good size. Playground is good! Shower house always clean. The family that owns it are great people! We love camping here!

Great Campground Near Lake Shelbyville

There are many sites on this campground that are wooded and have views of Lake Shelbyville. Boat ramp to put in your boat or kayaks and sand beach for the kids to go swimming. We had the spot right on the end by the lake. What a beautiful site! Some sites you can reserve and some are walk in only. Call ahead. Also has camp store just outside campground in case you need something or the kids want a frozen treat! Due to proximity to water and amount of shade, this is my favorite campground.

Perfectly primitive, idyllic environment

Love, love, love this primitive campground! It has well-maintained walk-in primitive sites. The sites are close to the water for fishing, bathrooms are kept fairly clean, sites are spaced out enough to not feel crowded and it’s alsays been pretty quiet when we’ve gone.

This is a basic, no frills, camping experience.

Cozy, rustic, but with some amenities

It’s the perfect mixture of rustic and convenient. Nice, wooded spaces and a small section of “primitive” walk-in sites. They have a trading post if your looking for a cold soda or ice cream, kayak and canoe rentals, shower house was nice and clean. It’s not so nice that it takes away the “camping” of it all, though!

Central IL Camping Secret

I visited Fox Ridge frequently as a student of nearby Eastern Illinois University, but never camped there. We came back to visit campus and stayed in site #12 at Fox Ridge.

All sites were spacious and shaded. We did not use any of the facilities but were impressed with how secluded our campsite felt. Each site is Isolated by trees and growth and the entire camoground is shaded.

There are plenty of trails in the park and things to do in the area. Be sure to check out the Worlds Fastest Soda Machine in Lerna, IL!

First to Review
Good overnight spot

We stayed just one night and will do so again if near Effingham.

The location is great off the interstate and is close to Walmart, restaurants, etc if you need anything.

Gravel sites and level. Big shade trees.

The road to our site had a tight turn and required a little maneuvering but not terrible.

Quiet Basic Campground

We have camped at this basic Illinois State Campground 3 times. It's a quiet campground with all the basics. Each site has electricity, a fire pit, and a picnic table. There is a bathhouse with a playground next to it. A little older facilities, but decent. Plenty of green space to pitch a tent. We prefer this sites in the loops or along the edge. 

There is a nice fishing lake. It's good for kayaks or canoes. The woods are too thick between the campground and lake to get a view, but it's a quick walk. There is a nice hiking trail around the lake with lots of ups and downs, but not too hard. We like to ride our bikes around the main road, which provide some hills which is unusual for Central Illinois.

There is a cute old school house with great history of the park.

Wonderful Retreat in the Middle of fFarm Country

2000 acres of lush park. Good paved road, big sites, but unfortunately all back in sites. No pull throughs. After unhooking our car, here was plenty of room for our 31 ft motorhome, slide, awning and all. Good water. Great host and staff. I really recommend this campground for a real restful stop.

So many activities in this state park

This Illinois State Park has a campground with 184 sites. Half are electric, with some of those being 50 amph. The tent area has 2 distinct area. One is a wooded walk-in area, which we recommend. 

There are 2 bathhouses with 2 toilet stalls and 2 shower stalls on each side. Water is located throughout the campground, plus at the dump area.

Many Ash trees were cut down throughout the campground in early 2018, but there are still some shaded sites.

The state park is full of fun family activities. This includes fishing, biking, hiking, picnicing, and canoeing/kayaking along the only National Scenic River in Illinois.

This state park is located just west of the Illinois-Indiana border off I-74. The campground is open year around.

Overnight Stop

RV Park with 5 tent sites, a lake, small playground, and a dog run. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained.

The host was extremely friendly and helpful. Our reserved tent site was waterlogged from torrential rainstorms just before our arrival. He created a space for us that was elevated, dry, and actually more private than the original site.

Our only “problem” with the park can’t be changed. The interstate noise could be heard all night, and at times overpowered the sounds of nature. This is probably only an issue for tenters, though.

Great Camping & Hiking

Great little state campground south of Charleston. Great hiking considering how flat Central Illinois is.

This 2,064-acre park is located along the Embarrass River. It is full of ridges and ravines that provide the moderate hiking trails. The park is popular with hikers and mushroom hunters.

The park has a modern campground with 43 campsites. Each type has electricity, a picnic table, a fire pit, and a lantern pole. Each site is fairly level with fresh gravel. About 70% of the sites can be reserved online while the rest are first come first serve. We stayed on site 28, which is in the non-reservable loop. It was the best campsite in the entire campground.

We recommend the sites on the outer side of the non-reservable loop because they back up to the forest. The campground has a modern bathroom with two toilet stalls and shower stalls on each side. Fresh city water is available throughout the campground.