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Remote, in a good way

Lincoln Trails State Park is located near Marshall, Il just across the Indiana border. It is a quiet little area (at least when we visited) and made for a relaxing visit.

Two campground areas, Lakeside was closed (possibly due to season/standing water) showerhouses are closed November 1st through May 1. Otherwise there is full hookup available at Plainview and the sites are nice and flat. There is a nice fire ring to gather at in the campground and some room around your site for stuff. I like the outer sites, more privacy. Not that that was an issue in November. The on site restaurant was closed when we visited but sits right on the water. Would make for some nice views. We hiked, the trails were sometimes challenging to follow with the leaves on the ground . With no foliage there was a lot more to see of the topography and natural features. Nearby is the town of Marshall which offers some interesting history, artwork and painted lions, definitely worth a walkabout!

Decent campground

Located on a Navy Base, so only open to active duty, retired military, DoD civilians and their families. Must have ID card to get on base.

The base is very large in area and wooded. Watch out for wildlife, especially deer and pay attention to speed limits. Don’t mind the occasional explosions and distant machine gun fire ; they test ordnance there. But no worries, it isn’t loud at the campground.

The campground is located by Lake Greenwood, so the MWR operates a marina where you can rent boats, kayaks, paddle boards and so on. They sell bait and ice. There’s a nice boat dock if you need to launch your own boat and plenty of dock space to tie your boat up. You can fish or waterski on the lake; it’s that big.

The campground is not real large. It’s all gravel, but full RV hookups. The electric, water and sewer services are reliable, but no Wi-Fi and unless you have Verizon, no cell service (but they are supposed to have a new AT&T tower up soon). They have nice cabins and a separate tent site area, where there’s a small beach for swimming. Pets are welcome. They have a little shack with firewood; $5 a wheelbarrow load. Every site has a fire ring and a picnic table. The shower house is a bit dated, but clean. There’s dumpsters close by. Very pretty location.

They do have daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates.

There’s a base exchange and commissary on base, but the closest town is about 20 minutes away, a small town called Odon, but you can find whatever you need there. Bloomington is about 50 miles away. The tiny village of Crane is outside the gate. There’s a bar and a pizza place and that’s about it.

RV’s and trailers must use the Crane gate, located off I69 exit 87, then south on US231 a couple miles. You’ll see the signs. Call ahead for reservations; they do fill up most weekends and you’ll need them to explain the check-in procedure once you get on base.

First full hookup

Very nice people. Kind. Clean site with excellent WIFI. Park was full and we were streaming video. Had only three interruptions for buffering but they were short. Even though they have cable, some sites will be snowy. They do not know why. It seems to be rig specific. They should list this on the web site but they do not. It is listed when you check in. We will be back.

Fowler County Park

Stayed:  09/06/19

Site:  8 (Non-electric)

Price:  $12

Pros:  Clean facilities, Lakeside camping, Griffin Bike Park

Cons:  None

Super nice

2 different campgrounds to choose from within the park. Plainview has the shower house. A few low spots that hold water, so one has to pick their site accordingly! Very quiet!

Good fishing.

Can fish right out your "back door". Very clean showers. Not much in the way of shade on campsites.

Love this place!

Very friendly staff. Lots of shade on campsites. Very clean showers.

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Great town, very quiet

Very humble rural park with a quiet atmosphere and Great Lake for fishing. The people of oblong are also the friendliest around!

A little slice of heaven

As a avid disc golfer. I absolutely love coming to the place for events. The permanent campers are super friendly. A beautiful lake with plenty of activities to do on it. Showers on site. Oh the disc golf course is top notice. One (if not best in the state)

Best campground, hands down

Incredible people who will gladly be your new best friend, super clean, Great Lake to be on, tons of trails to hike.

Ghost town

Called when I was about 2 hours away and told them my ETA. Arrived at my estimated time 7:20 pm. No one in office, no instruction for self registration. Drove around to look at campsites & hopefully find someone. Restrooms & showers could use an upgrade. Saw some RVs & campers which appeared to stay there year around.

Fun & convenient

Close but safely off Interstate 70. Great place to rest & refresh. Clean restrooms, small laundromat. Would love to bring the grandchildren here. So many kid friendly amenities.

3 lakes, shady campsites, great pool

We came to Shakamak for a 3 day trip this weekend after visiting White Rock Park on Wednesday. The campsites were well kept, shaded, and the bathroom/shower house was clean. There were several nice looking trails, 3 lakes that were great for fishing, and a really nice pool with water slides and diving board. The pool also had a splash area/wading pool for your smaller kiddos. Firewood and ice were decently priced, and we found many of the electric campsites backed up to the lakes. We did have several nighttime visits from a couple large raccoon families, but it became a game for the kids as they watched for them.

Nice little campground if

A great little park close to Eastern Illinois university. A great place to camp with family and friends.

Nice all around state park

There’s plenty to do here for all ages. We had a special pancake breakfast by the Friends of Shakamak- all you can eat! That was a treat! In spite of the rain, we enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature and camping with the family. There are three beautiful lakes there that are good for boating and fishing. There is a large pool too with a nature center that has limited hours. Today, the Nature Center had a snake demonstration at 2 pm. Yesterday was planned a kayak trip by the DNR there. There are plenty of playgrounds, a camp store, and nice bathroom/ shower houses. The trails are good for the Explorer! You will enjoy this park!

Terrific State Park

Will definitely stay here again. Not that far off the interstate 70 and a great campground. Level sites with growies between sites. Cell signal is off and on, but got us through. Pulled in on a Saturday in June and have available sites. $20 per night isn't bad for a nice campground with nice showers and facilities.

Great state park!

Super clean bathroom and friendly people!

Beautiful site! But...

Probably the most favorite site we have ever had.. but.. despite the fact that we chose our site based on being next to water.. they have the spickets hacked off So you couldn’t attach a hose.. also.. ZERO cell phone coverage.. only had 1 walking trail.. but had pool & lake..

Awesome Campground!

We had a great weekend here! There was plenty of room at our site for a 10 person tent. Neighbors were kind and didn’t mind that we had music playing. The lake water was high due to rain so fishing was uneventful. But nonetheless made for a great weekend. And cataract falls 20 minute drive from the park is a must see!

Camping

Fun times with family

Needs a good cleaning !

We stayed here one night as part of a cross country road trip. This KOA was more expensive and less cared for than the many KOA’s we hit. Needs some attention for sure. Just simply cleaning up the trash strewn around the dumpster would be a start!

“Fantastic Indiana camping experience.”

This is just a beautiful Indiana State Park located near the small community of Jasonville, Indiana which offers simple dining, grocery store, hardware store and fuel. The park has numerous recreational activities to include 3 lakes spanning some 400 acres that are known for spectacular fishing, seasonal family aquatic center for swimming with a large water slide, seasonal nature center, and several hiking trails. The campsites are in a heavily wooded area with fantastic tree canopy for shade and comfort. Sites are mostly level gravel pads ranging from primitive to 30 amp electric, 50 amp electric or a limited number of full hookup; water, sewer and 50 amp service sites plus plenty of clean bath houses. Large rig friendly. The park also has family cabins available. A small camp store supplies firewood, ice, bait and sundries…Indiana fishing license at the park office. Want to relax…enjoy beautiful sunsets on the lake, paddling a canoe or kayak, or casting a line for dinner…this is a perfect place to make that happen.

Beautiful

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!

Small, friendly little park

Great hiking trails, beautiful bike track and fishing. This park also has a pioneer village and yearly activities such as vintage camping and a pancake breakfast! The campsites are shaded, but a little close. The tent sites have raised sand beds so you're not directly on the ground. The bathroom is clean and staff are friendly.

Wonderful experience!

My husband stayed here while moving (9 days), in the 1 room cabin. It was great and very private! The absolutely only thing that could be better was our bed. But the restaurant was great and the staff, top of the line! They turned a difficult time into a really memorable time for us.

Nice

Not bad for this small town. Mountain biking trails are not kept up at all, logs across the two trails we have. We’ve tent camped and stayed in the cabins, both were good, pretty close to your neighbors though.

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!

Small but Nice

We actually haven’t even come close to doing all Ouabache offers. It does have cabins and camping sites but we haven’t used those. There are a few, fairly short, but fun mountain biking trails as well as additional hiking trails. There are two different play areas as well.

Beautiful park

What a great time we had. This park had everything you could want. The sites are spacious, wooded and all have 2 picnic tables.