Best Camping near Marengo, IL

Marengo, IL is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Marengo is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Marengo. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Marengo, IL (93)

    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground

    1.

    Rock Cut State Park Campground

    76 Reviews
    228 Photos
    246 Saves
    Machesney Park, Illinois

    Located 10 miles northeast of Rockford, Rock Cut State Park is a 3,100-acre recreation area that encompasses two natural grasslands, a natural creek area, a nature preserve and 162-acre Pierce Lake. The area was designated a state park in 1957 as a way of preserving a local polititian’s favorite fishing hole. Prior to this, the park and wider area has a long history of Native American residence, including the Mascouten, the Winnegabo, and the Chippewa. With abundant water and preserved natural areas, the park now supports a thriving habitat for local birds, fish and wildlife. And with year-round camping and outdoor activities, you can experience the many seasonal sides the park has to offer.

    The campground at Rock Cut provides 270 sites that can accommodate tent campers, as well as RV and trailer campers up to 40 feet. Back-in sites are mostly grassy and equipped with picnic tables, cooking grills and electrical hookups. The campground provides water faucets, restrooms, showers, and a dump station; the water and dump station are not available November through April. One of the park’s multiuse trails runs right through the campground, and provides access to the larger trail network. Most of the campground’s facilities are ADA accessible. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed; alcohol is not permitted.

    For recreating in temperate seasons, more than 40 miles of hiking, cycling and equestrian trails allow you to explore the park’s woodlands and prairies. These are ideal ways to observe some of the local birds, animals, and wildflowers. For fun on the water, paddle around in a canoe or kayak, take a dip at Olsen Beach, or go fishing for some of the lake’s largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, pike and walleye. Several picnic areas throughout the park are ideal for group or family gatherings. In the snowy season, many of the park’s trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with gear rentals available. For more family fun in the area, check out the nearby Volcano Falls Adventure Park.

    For those who want to include an overnight stay in their visit to Rock Cut, the campgrounds provide electricity at the site, water hydrants at the beginning of each camping loop, sanitary dump stations, showers, toilets, a boat launch and playground equipment. There are 210 Class A Premium sites and 60 Class B/S Premium sites. There is also a primitive cabin (it has electricity, but does not have water or plumbing facilities).

    From November - April, only electricity is available; there is no access to water or dump station.

    Equestrian camping is restricted to a site on Hart Road, is only available on a first-come, first-served basis and the Ranger will collect the fee at your site in the evening.

    Rock Cut is an alcohol-free park and campground, and this rule is strictly enforced.

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

    $12 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Woods Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Woods Campground
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    Thomas Woods Campground

    16 Reviews
    65 Photos
    108 Saves
    Marengo, Illinois

    Thomas Woods Campground is in the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area and part of the McHenry County Conservation District. Spend a night in nature! We offer camping opportunities for groups and individuals. The District has five group campgrounds located throughout the county, one over night cyclist camping location, and one campground for individuals and families which accommodates both tents and RVs.

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

    $15 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA

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    Chicago Northwest KOA

    15 Reviews
    33 Photos
    64 Saves
    Union, Illinois

    Enjoy a peaceful camping experience in a friendly and quiet country setting, with long, pull-through RV sites, shaded tent sites, rustic and deluxe camping cabins, and even fully equipped travel trailers for rent. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the park.

    There is a lot to do for families! Check out the Gem Mining, Jump Pad, Gagaball, Minigolf, Frisbee Golf, Polipong and huge playground! Join us for hay-wagon rides, face painting, flashlight candy hunt and more on weekends.

    Have fun at Onesti's Wild West Town next door, visit the Illinois Railway museum, Santa's Village Azoosment Park, Six Flags Great America and cool off at Magic Waters near Rockford or in our own crystal clear pool.

    Take the "Metra" train from nearby Crystal Lake or Woodstock to visit Chicago for sightseeing, festivals, and tours. We are also a convenient distance to the Woodfield Mall, Prime Outlet Discount Mall, and the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino. Various local restaurants are within minutes.

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    2 Deluxe Studio Cabins with patios are set up next to each other in the RV park to facilitate families, that like to camp close to each other.

    All of our rustic cabins are equipped with an A/C unit.

    You will find us approximately 55 miles from downtown Chicago, 4.5 miles to I-90, in a rural setting of northwestern Illinois.

    Open from mid-April through mid-October.

    Gated campground 24hrs a day (after hour arrivals need a reservation)

    Dogs are allowed, but breed restrictions apply.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
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    Paul Wolff Campground

    18 Reviews
    32 Photos
    136 Saves
    Elgin, Illinois

    Within Burnidge Forest Preserve is Paul Wolff Campground. Paul Wolff Campground contains 89 improved, vehicle camp sites with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pad and fire ring. Improved camp sites are available to vehicle campers or tent campers. Each improved site is capable of handling a 50-foot motorhome. There are also 5 equestrian camp sites, where you may camp with your horse(s); and 10 primitive, wooded sites for tent camping only, away from the main camping area. Primitive sites do not have electric service and are available, weather permitting. All camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not taken.

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

    $12 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park

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    Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park

    65 Reviews
    130 Photos
    299 Saves
    Zion, Illinois

    The campground in the southern unit at Illinois Beach provides 241 Class A Premium sites with electricity and access to showers and sanitary facilities. You must obtain a camping permit from the park staff, and must have a camping unit upon arrival.

    The campground is open from April 1 through December 30. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance at ExploreMoreIL™. Reservations are only accepted from May 1 - September 30. Due to the high use of this area on holiday weekends, reservations are recommended. Campsites also are available on a first-come first-serve basis, but understand that the campgrounds fill up early on Fridays during the summer season. Six handicap accessible campsites are present in the campground near the accessible restrooms and a dump station.

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

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground
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    Big Foot Beach State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    27 Photos
    143 Saves
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    Welcome to Big Foot Beach State Park Campground, nestled near the charming town of Lake Geneva, WI. This spot is a favorite for many, offering a mix of tent, RV, glamping, and even yurt accommodations. The campground operates from April to October, making it a perfect seasonal getaway.

    One of the standout features here is the pet-friendly policy, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. The campground is also big rig friendly, and you'll find electric hookups available, though they can be in high demand. The sanitary dump and water hookups make it convenient for RV campers.

    Visitors often rave about the cleanliness of the facilities. The bathrooms and showers are well-maintained, and the staff is diligent about keeping the sites tidy. If you’re into picnicking, you’ll appreciate the numerous picnic tables and grills scattered around.

    For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, the trails are a hit. They offer a great way to explore the park and get some exercise. If you’re camping with kids, the playground and volleyball nets provide plenty of entertainment.

    The campground's proximity to Lake Geneva is a major plus. You can enjoy a stroll along the lake, check out the fishing lagoon, or even visit the nearby dog-friendly restaurant. The Boat House Bar & Grill is a local favorite, just a short walk from the campground, offering good food and a welcoming atmosphere.

    While the campground can get crowded, especially on weekends, it tends to quiet down by Sunday. If you prefer a bit more privacy, consider booking a site further back in the loop. Sites like 50, 69, and 74 are often recommended for their balance of shade and sun.

    Whether you're here for the trails, the lake, or just a relaxing weekend, Big Foot Beach State Park Campground has something to offer. Enjoy your stay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

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    Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

    32 Reviews
    94 Photos
    172 Saves
    Shabbona, Illinois

    The Shabbona Lake SRA campground has available 150 Class A Premium campsites, with 90 campsites available for advanced reservation through www.reserveamerica.com. Additionally, 60 campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have electricity, picnic table, fire rings, and vehicle access. A sanitary dump station is available to all campers. One family is allowed per campsite, or four unrelated adults with up to two tents. Campers must be ready to camp upon arrival. The campground may be closed during the spring thaw due to road conditions. Alcohol is prohibited. To check on the status of the campground or for further information, call 815-824-2106 during the week or the campground check station at 815-824-2565 on weekends.

    There is also a Campground Store on-site that offers firewood, groceries, snacks, ice cream, camping supplies, fishing tackle, and boat rentals.

    Camp Cabin Two rent-a-camp cabins are available at the park. The rustic cabins have two rooms and will accommodate a maximum of six people. They are located on the shore of Shabbona Lake. Electric baseboard heat allows year-round use of the cabins. No Pets are allowed in the cabins with the exception of service animals.

    Youth Group Shabbona Lake's Youth Group camping area will accommodate two groups of up to 50 campers each. Water and privies are available at the site, but there is no electricity.

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

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park

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    Honeysuckle Hollow — Chain O' Lakes State Park

    14 Reviews
    71 Photos
    63 Saves
    Spring Grove, Illinois

    Welcome to Honeysuckle Hollow at Chain O' Lakes State Park! This spot is a gem for families and anyone looking to escape into nature for a bit. 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 abundance of wildlife. Kids will love spotting birds and other critters around the large, spacious sites. The no-alcohol policy makes it a peaceful place for families to unwind. Plus, the sites are mostly flat, making it easy to set up camp without worrying about awkward slopes.

    You'll find electric hookups at many sites, and there's a sanitary dump station near the entrance. The bathhouses are a short walk away, and while they might not be pristine, they get the job done. For emergencies, there are pit toilets scattered around.

    If you're into kayaking or fishing, you're in luck. The campground is close to launch sites and a fishing dock. There's also a little store by the boat dock where you can grab snacks, ice cream, or even some live bait.

    A heads-up: ticks and raccoons are part of the package here. Make sure to do regular tick checks, especially if you have little ones crawling around. And raccoons? They’ll be your uninvited dinner guests if you’re not careful. Pack up your food and clean up early to avoid any nighttime scavengers.

    Overall, Honeysuckle Hollow is a solid choice for a laid-back camping experience near Spring Grove, IL. Whether you're here for a weekend or a week, you'll find plenty to keep you busy and relaxed.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lehmans Lakeside RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lehmans Lakeside RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lehmans Lakeside RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lehmans Lakeside RV Resort
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    Lehmans Lakeside RV Resort

    6 Reviews
    8 Photos
    15 Saves
    Union, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $45 - $70 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
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    Sycamore RV Resort

    8 Reviews
    20 Photos
    34 Saves
    Sycamore, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Marengo, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Marengo, IL is Rock Cut State Park Campground with a 4-star rating from 76 reviews.

What parks are near Marengo, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 parks near Marengo, IL that allow camping, notably Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes National Park.