Places to Camp near Effingham, IL

Join the fun near Effingham. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Camping, hiking, biking: however you want to spend your days near Effingham, you'll find great campgrounds with The Dyrt. Find the best campgrounds near Effingham, IL. Read reviews from campers like you and find your perfect campsite.

Best Camping Sites Near Effingham, IL (72)

  1. 1.

    Camp Lakewood

    14 Reviews
    27 Photos
    19 Saves
    Effingham, Illinois

    We are your premier Effingham, Illinois Campground family owned and operated by Kiefer Campgrounds. We are an RV Park and Campground ideally located on the north shores of Lake Pauline in scenic South Central Illinois. If you are searching for a quiet and peaceful setting within 1 mile of I-70 and I-57, call or book online today!

    Camp Lakewood Campground is open year round

    **Hours of Operation: **

    All Kiefer Campgrounds are open 24 hours a day. Our registration office and store hours vary depending on season. Site deliveries will be made only during open office/store hours. Night check-in is available anytime the office is closed and you can reserve online 24 hours a day.

    Campground Policies:

    1. Parents and visitors are responsible for the conduct of their children while on the premises. Children must be at their campsite during quiet hours which are 10pm to 7am. An adult must accompany small children when using the restrooms or while in the game room.
    2. Use existing campfire rings only. Do not move fire rings. Do not burn or put trash in fire rings. No outside wood is allowed inside the campground.
    3. There are no tents allowed on RV sites.
    4. There is only one tent allowed per tent site.
    5. Please place all garbage in the trash dumpster located across the parking lot from the office.
    6. No dirt bikes, ATV’s, or mini-bikes ridden in the campground.
    7. RV/vehicle washing is not permitted in the campground.
    8. Our campground is not responsible for accidents resulting in injury to guests and/or damages to their property, or for the loss of valuables of any kind.
    9. Do not run generators in the park.
    10. Internet access is provided as a free service to our guests; however, we are not responsible for any damages to files, hardware, or any other problems that may occur as a result of your usage. Outages can and do occur. In the event of an outage, every attempt will be made to restore internet service as quickly as possible.
    11. Do not damage trees in any way.
    12. No lines stretched between trees or across camp sites.
    13. Anyone not abiding by the campground rules will be asked to leave with no refund.
    14. The office reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
    15. All campsites will be paid for in advance at the time of registration.

    Pool Policy:

    The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. There is no lifeguard on duty. State law requires that anyone (15) fifteen years old or younger be accompanied by a guardian of (21) twenty-one years of age or older while in and/or around a pool area. Therefore, we will ask any children swimming without an appropriate guardian to leave the pool and pool area. We put your child’s safety above all else, and we hope you agree with us. We also must stipulate the following while in the pool area: NO smoking, NO pets, NO food nor drinks, and NO diving and/or running for safety purposes.

    Golf Cart Policy:

    We now allow privately owned golf carts on our properties! All drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. All drivers must sign a liability waiver before using their cart on property. The owner of the cart is financially responsible for any damage caused by their cart to the campground property or any other camper’s property on the grounds.

    Pet Policy:

    We love pets! We welcome all non-aggressive pets that visit us on a leash with their owner attached. Please remember that others walk where you and your pet walk, so please pick up what they leave behind. If we all do our part, no one will be stepping into anything unpleasant. Please keep your pets feeling safe at all times. Pets often do not like being left alone in a strange place or around strange humans and may need your assistance and reassurance.

    Check In/Check Out Policy:

    All campsites will be paid for in advance (at check-in). Check-in time begins at 1:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m. for campsites and 11:00 a.m. for cottages and cabins. If you need a late check-out, please make arrangements with the office.

    **Campsite Policy: **

    We allow only one (1) camping unit and six people per site. Additional charges will occur for more than two adults per site. Only one passenger vehicle allowed per site. All others are asked to park in the visitors parking. If you have concerns with this guideline, please contact the office.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 - $120 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground

    2.

    Spring Creek Campground

    11 Reviews
    26 Photos
    45 Saves
    Neoga, Illinois

    Welcome to Spring Creek Campground, nestled near Montrose, Illinois. This spot is a favorite among campers for its peaceful surroundings and well-maintained facilities. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or staying in a cabin, you'll find a comfortable place to relax.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful ownership. Bob and his family are known for their hospitality, making sure everyone feels right at home. The campground itself is surrounded by woods, open fields, and a small pond, offering a serene backdrop for your stay.

    For those who like to stay active, there's a small playground and plenty of lawn space for games or picnics. If you're into fishing, the pond is a great spot to cast a line. And don't miss the beautiful sunsets—several visitors have mentioned catching some stunning views in the evening.

    Amenities include clean restrooms with free showers, electric hookups at most sites, and a central dumping station for RVs. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. The campground is also ADA accessible, making it easy for everyone to enjoy.

    Rates are reasonable, with tent/primitive camping at $15 per night and electric sites at $25 per night. It's conveniently located just off I-70, making it an easy stop for travelers. No need to worry if you arrive late; the owners are accommodating and will sort out the details in the morning.

    Overall, Spring Creek Campground offers a quiet, comfortable, and friendly place to unwind. Whether you're here for a night or a weekend, you'll find everything you need for a pleasant stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground
    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground
    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground
    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground
    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground
    Camper-submitted photo from Okaw Valley Kampground

    3.

    Okaw Valley Kampground

    21 Reviews
    17 Photos
    46 Saves
    Vandalia, Illinois

    Okaw Valley Kampground, located near Brownstown, IL, is a great spot for a relaxing stay. This place is perfect for those traveling with big rigs, as it offers spacious sites that can accommodate even the largest RVs. The campground is known for its friendly and accommodating staff, who are always ready to help out.

    One of the standout features here is the large pond, which is great for a leisurely walk or some casual fishing. There's also a well-maintained playground that kids will love, complete with slides and other fun equipment. If you're looking to cool off, the pool is a nice touch, with hours from 9 AM to 7 PM.

    The campground is clean and well-kept, with updated bathrooms and showers. For those needing to stock up on essentials, there's a small market on-site. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Several visitors have mentioned how convenient the location is, especially for a quick stopover. It's close to the highway, making it an easy in-and-out for travelers. Despite its proximity to the road, noise levels are surprisingly low, allowing for a peaceful night's sleep.

    Whether you're staying for a night or a few days, Okaw Valley Kampground offers a pleasant and hassle-free camping experience. With its combination of natural beauty and practical amenities, it's a solid choice for anyone passing through the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)
    Camper-submitted photo from Coon Creek (IL)

    4.

    Coon Creek (IL)

    17 Reviews
    76 Photos
    120 Saves
    Shelbyville, Illinois

    Overview

    Coon Creek is a large campground that sits on the western shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois. Families enjoy the playground, swimming area and shaded campsites within the facility. The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing. Click Here for the Lake Shelbyville Virtual Tour

    Recreation

    Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. Coon Creek provides a boat ramp, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock. Visitors can also explore the lake shore on foot via a 0.7-mile nature trail within the facility.

    Facilities

    Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. Coon Creek provides a boat ramp, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock. Visitors can also explore the lake shore on foot via a 0.7-mile nature trail within the facility.

    Natural Features

    This facility overlooks the lake shore and is heavily forested with plenty of shade. Oak and hickory are the lake region's dominant tree species, and foliage turns a variety of red, orange, purple and yellow each fall, while prairie flowers dot the landscape in spring and summer. Numerous species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors inhabit the lake area, as do mammals such as cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrel, muskrat and mink.

    Nearby Attractions

    Wolf Creek State Park, Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge and Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex are popular locations for wildlife watching, birding and hunting near Lake Shelbyville.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Lithia Springs

    5.

    Lithia Springs

    9 Reviews
    30 Photos
    72 Saves
    Shelbyville, Illinois

    Overview

    Lithia Springs Campground sits on the eastern shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois. This facility has a variety of amenities and offers outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing.

    Recreation

    Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. Lithia Springs provides a boat ramp, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

    Facilities

    Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. Lithia Springs provides a boat ramp, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

    Natural Features

    The campground lies in an oak and hickory forest. Foliage turns a variety of red, orange, purple and yellow each fall, while prairie flowers dot the landscape in spring and summer. Numerous species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors inhabit the lake area, as do mammals such as cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrel, muskrat and mink.

    Nearby Attractions

    Wolf Creek State Park, Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge and Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex are popular locations for wildlife watching, birding and hunting near Lake Shelbyville.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Ridge State Park Campground

    6.

    Fox Ridge State Park Campground

    13 Reviews
    12 Photos
    41 Saves
    Charleston, Illinois

    Welcome to Fox Ridge State Park Campground, nestled near Charleston, IL. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature without straying too far from civilization. The campground is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of trails. Visitors have raved about the quiet, serene environment and the extensive network of paths perfect for hiking. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love the playgrounds scattered around the park. Plus, there are multiple shelters with grills, making it a great place to stop for lunch or a picnic.

    The campsites themselves offer a good mix of privacy and space. Some are first-come, first-served, while others can be reserved in advance. Site 20 is particularly popular for its size, but if you’re looking for the best spot, many recommend Site 14. The facilities are well-maintained, with clean showers and toilets, although some of the older bathrooms show their age.

    For those with pets, you’ll be pleased to know that the campground is dog-friendly. And if you’re driving a big rig, no worries—there’s plenty of space to maneuver. Just be aware that alcohol isn’t allowed on the premises.

    Cell coverage can be a bit spotty, especially if you’re with Verizon, but it’s usually enough for basic tasks. If you’re planning to stay connected, you might want to manage your expectations.

    Overall, Fox Ridge State Park Campground offers a peaceful retreat with solid amenities and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Whether you’re here for a quick stop or an extended stay, you’re bound to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of this park.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

    7.

    Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

    13 Reviews
    9 Photos
    12 Saves
    Kinmundy, Illinois

    Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area near Iuka, IL, is a solid spot for camping with a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. The campground is open from mid-May to late December, offering a good stretch of time to enjoy the outdoors.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of electric and water hookups, making it convenient for RV campers. The campground also has showers and toilets, which are pretty standard for a state park. If you’re into fishing, there's a lake that’s big enough for ski boats but also nice for kayaking. Some folks have mentioned that the fishing could be better, but it’s still a decent spot to cast a line.

    For those who like to stay active, there are hiking trails, though a few campers noted that the trails could use better markings. If you’re bringing pets, they’ll have a blast chasing squirrels around the campground. And if you’re planning a campfire, you’re in luck—there’s plenty of wood available, and you don’t even need to bring your own.

    The campground is also pretty quiet, especially if you’re there during the off-peak times. Some campers have mentioned that the sites are well-spaced, giving you a bit of privacy. Plus, there’s a market nearby if you need to pick up any essentials.

    Overall, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area offers a good mix of amenities and activities, making it a worthwhile stop whether you’re planning a quick overnight stay or a longer camping trip.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Robin Hood Woods Campground & Cottage Resort

    8.

    Robin Hood Woods Campground & Cottage Resort

    7 Reviews
    1 Photo
    18 Saves
    Lake Shelbyville, Illinois

    Sites with water, electric and sewer. In-ground outdoor pool, pond, horseshoes, 2 playgrounds, game room, tent sites and showers. One-room cottages with bath air, heat and two bedrooms.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek State Park Campground

    9.

    Wolf Creek State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    17 Photos
    57 Saves
    Findlay, Illinois

    This recreation area is part of Lake Shelbyville

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Possum Creek Campground — Hidden Springs State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Possum Creek Campground — Hidden Springs State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Possum Creek Campground — Hidden Springs State Forest

    10.

    Possum Creek Campground — Hidden Springs State Forest

    4 Reviews
    3 Photos
    Mode, Illinois

    Possum Creek, a Class "C" campground, includes drinking water, privies, sanitary disposal station, pedestal stoves, fire blocks and a fire ring. Campers may set up camp on the site of their choice

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Effingham, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Effingham, IL is Camp Lakewood with a 4.4-star rating from 14 reviews.

What parks are near Effingham, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 parks near Effingham, IL that allow camping, notably Lake Shelbyville and Carlyle Lake.