Best Camping near Highland, IL

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Best Camping Sites Near Highland, IL (58)

    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area

    1.

    Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area

    24 Reviews
    80 Photos
    81 Saves
    Carlyle, Illinois

    Welcome to Illini Campground at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, nestled near Carlyle, Illinois. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the spaciousness of the sites. Visitors often rave about the large, well-maintained sites shaded by old-growth trees. It's a perfect setup whether you're looking to pitch a tent or park your big rig. Plus, the campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is equipped with electric hookups, drinking water, and sanitary dump stations. Showers and toilets are available, though some campers have noted they didn't use the showers during their stay. Firewood is available on-site, and campfires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening under the stars.

    For those interested in activities, the campground doesn't disappoint. There's a swimming pool open during the summer months, multiple playgrounds, a basketball court, and sand volleyball. If you're into water sports, the nearby lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and even jet skiing. Boat ramps are free to use if you have a campsite, which is a nice perk.

    The nearby town of Carlyle has all the essentials, including a Walmart and several dining options. A highly recommended Mexican restaurant is a local favorite.

    Overall, Illini Campground is a fantastic spot for families, couples, or solo adventurers looking to enjoy nature with the convenience of modern amenities. The friendly hosts and beautiful surroundings make it a place you'll want to return to again and again.

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

    $15 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Coles Creek Recreation Area

    2.

    Coles Creek Recreation Area

    14 Reviews
    22 Photos
    48 Saves
    Keyesport, Illinois

    Overview

    Coles Creek Campground is situated on the eastern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis and a few miles from the town of Carlyle, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made lake.

    Recreation

    Coles Creek Campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There are multiple playgrounds on-site, as well as a swimming beach and an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

    Facilities

    Coles Creek Campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There are multiple playgrounds on-site, as well as a swimming beach and an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

    Natural Features

    Created in 1967, the 26,000-acre lake is recognized as one of the nation's top ten inland sailing lakes and hosts several annual races and regattas. Carlyle Lake is home to an array of wildlife that can be seen throughout the year. Its waters and shores are a resting spot for migratory waterfowl and other birds. There are six established Watchable Wildlife Sites with viewing towers open to the public around the lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information available and nature exhibits on display, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Camping No Show - Camping no-show customers who do not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by check out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date will be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit their reservation. If the no-show service fee is greater than the reservation amount, the customer will not be charged any additional service fees. Cancellations - A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.

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

    $150 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway
    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway
    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway
    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway
    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway
    Camper-submitted photo from Dam West Spillway

    3.

    Dam West Spillway

    10 Reviews
    30 Photos
    4 Saves
    Carlyle, Illinois

    Overview

    Dam West Spillway is situated on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made lake.

    Recreation

    Dam West Spillway provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are located nearby, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and the lake and Kaskaskia River offer year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There is plenty of open space for children to play and a multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short distance away at the dam.

    Facilities

    Dam West Spillway has one reservable group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 75 people, as well as an accessible fishing pier and several amenities. It is within walking distance of a marina and boat storage facility and connected to the Dam West Day Use Area and Recreation Area, which offers a campground. The Carlyle Municipal Pool is a short drive away.

    Natural Features

    Created in 1967, the 26,000-acre lake is recognized as one of the nation's top ten inland sailing lakes and hosts several annual races and regattas. Carlyle Lake is home to an array of wildlife that can be seen throughout the year. Its waters and shores are a resting spot for migratory waterfowl and other birds. There are six established Watchable Wildlife Sites with viewing towers open to the public around the lake.

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    For facility specific information, please call (618) 594-2484.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information available and nature exhibits on display, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish.

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

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground

    4.

    Horseshoe Lake State Park Campground

    10 Reviews
    12 Photos
    93 Saves
    Collinsville, Illinois

    Horseshoe Lake State Park is located off Highway 111 in the southwestern part of Illinois in Madison County. With easy access from the Metro East for visitors from throughout the region, the park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities on 2,960 acres.

    Horseshoe Lake State Park accommodates 26 tent or trailer campsites. A sanitary dump station, pit toilets, and hydrants are conveniently located. The campground is open from May 1 - Sept 30. Campers can stay a maximum of 7 days in a 30-day period. We do not take reservations for camping. Although, group camping reservations are accepted through the ExploreMoreIL™ website.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA

    5.

    St. Louis NE-Granite City KOA

    12 Reviews
    5 Photos
    35 Saves
    Granite City, Illinois

    This is the KOA closest to St. Louis attractions! Set up camp on Old Route 66, just 12 miles from downtown. See the soaring Gateway Arch. Walk or bike across the Historic Route 66 Chain of Rocks Bridge. Whether you want to cheer on a pro team, shop until you drop or try your luck at casinos, St. Louis has it all! Visit Cahokia Mounds and Lewis & Clark state historical sites, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the unique City Museum. At the campground, you can swim, romp on the playground or play horseshoes. Kids love the free Jumping Pillow. Sorry, but NO CAMPFIRES are allowed due to county ordinances. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru 75 feet. Your hosts: the Cuvar family and friends.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park

    6.

    Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park

    15 Reviews
    51 Photos
    36 Saves
    Granite City, Illinois

    Welcome to Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park, a convenient spot near East St. Louis, IL, perfect for those looking to explore the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis. This RV park offers full hookup sites on a mostly paved area, making it a breeze for big rigs to settle in.

    One of the standout features here is the security. The park is gated, and you'll need a code to get in, which adds a layer of safety that many visitors appreciate. Plus, security patrols the area frequently, so you can rest easy.

    The park is pet-friendly, with a designated dog walking area around the perimeter. If you're traveling with kids, there's a small play area to keep them entertained. The restrooms and showers are clean, though there are only a few of them, so plan accordingly.

    While the park is in an industrial area, it offers some fantastic views of the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis. It's a great spot for a quick overnight stay if you're passing through or want to spend a day exploring the city. Just be prepared for some noise from nearby trains and the interstate.

    For those who enjoy a bit of luxury, your gate code also grants you access to the pool and gym at the nearby casino. It's a nice perk if you want to take a break from the road and relax a bit.

    Overall, Draft Kings at Casino Queen RV Park is a solid choice for a short stay near St. Louis, offering convenience, security, and some nice amenities to make your visit comfortable.

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

    $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground

    7.

    Boulder Rec. Area - COE Campground

    10 Reviews
    46 Photos
    85 Saves
    Keyesport, Illinois

    Overview

    Boulder Campground is situated on the eastern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest manmade lake.

    Recreation

    Boulder Campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

    Facilities

    Boulder Campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

    Natural Features

    Created in 1967, the 26,000-acre lake is recognized as one of the nation's top ten inland sailing lakes and hosts several annual races and regattas. Carlyle Lake is home to an array of wildlife that can be seen throughout the year. Its waters and shores are a resting spot for migratory waterfowl and other birds. There are six established Watchable Wildlife Sites with viewing towers open to the public around the lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information available as well as nature exhibits on display, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Camping No Show - Camping no-show customers who do not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by check out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date will be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit their reservation. If the no-show service fee is greater than the reservation amount, the customer will not be charged any additional service fees. Cancellations - A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.

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

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque
    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque
    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque
    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque
    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque
    Camper-submitted photo from Cahokia RV Parque

    8.

    Cahokia RV Parque

    13 Reviews
    10 Photos
    74 Saves
    Columbia, Illinois

    Welcome to Cahokia RV Parque, a convenient spot just a stone's throw from downtown St. Louis. If you're looking for a place that offers easy access to city attractions while still providing a comfortable camping experience, this is it.

    The campground is known for its friendly and helpful staff, who make checking in and out a breeze. The sites are a mix of gravel and concrete pads, and while they might be a bit tight, they come with full hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. The park is big-rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with a larger RV.

    One of the standout features here is the clean and well-maintained bathrooms and showers. Visitors have consistently praised the cleanliness, which is always a plus when you're on the road. There's also a small but nice pool to cool off in during the warmer months, and a playground for the kids to burn off some energy.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be glad to know that pets are allowed. Just keep an eye on them, as there are quite a few dogs around. And if you're a fan of BBQ, don't miss the fantastic BBQ restaurant right on the grounds—park customers even get a 10% discount.

    While the park is close to an airport and a highway, which means you might hear some noise, the convenience of being near St. Louis more than makes up for it. Whether you're here to catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium or explore the city's attractions, Cahokia RV Parque offers a great base for your adventures.

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

    9.

    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 Rustic Acres Jellystone
    Camper-submitted photo from Rustic Acres Jellystone

    10.

    Rustic Acres Jellystone

    4 Reviews
    2 Photos
    7 Saves
    Litchfield, Illinois

    At Rustic Acres Jellystone Park™, create memories that will be cherished forever! We have attractions and activities for the whole family, including our swimming pool, jumping pillow, laser tag, gaga ball pit, hey rides, two playgrounds, themed weekends, and more. Our large spacious sites will have you relaxing whether you stay in a one of our cabins or you bring your family RV. Your next family vacation will be one of memories that last a lifetime. Come relax and enjoy Rustic Acres Jellystone Park™ today!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Highland, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Highland, IL is Illini Campground — Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area with a 4.1-star rating from 24 reviews.

What parks are near Highland, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 8 parks near Highland, IL that allow camping, notably Carlyle Lake and Rend Lake.