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Places to Camp near Rock Island, IL

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Looking for the best campgrounds near Rock Island, IL? Rock Island 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. Find the best campgrounds near Rock Island, IL. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Rock Island, IL (102)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Fishermans Corner - Mississippi River

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    Fishermans Corner - Mississippi River

    21 Reviews
    70 Photos
    22 Saves
    Bettendorf, Iowa

    Overview

    With impressive views of the mighty Mississippi River, Fishermans Corner provides convenient RV and tent camping facilities for outdoor enthusiasts. The lush river landscape provides plenty of shade, and activities from water sports to hiking to wildlife viewing. Eagle watching is particularly popular during the winter months at Fishermans Corner.

    Recreation

    Although there is no river access from within the campground, the Fishermans Corner Day Use facility is a short walk away and offers numerous fishing areas as well as a canoe ramp. Visitors can also catch a weekly educational program at the amphitheater located within the campground. The Central Trail section of the famous Mississippi River Trail passes directly in front of the campground, offering visitors miles of walking and biking trails along the river bank. The expansive Elton E. Fawks Bald Eagle Refuge and Nature Preserve and the Illiniwek Forest Preserve are also located just minutes away.

    Facilities

    Of the 51 reservable campsites, 46 campsites have electric hookups and 5 campsites do not have electric hookups and are for tents only. Fisherman's Corner provides the comforts of modern camping, including drinking water, a shower house, electric hook-ups, flush toilets, while still providing visitors with an authentic outdoor experience.

    Natural Features

    Fishermans Corner offers an excellent view of a small aquatic marsh near Locks and Dam 14, which is home to an array of wildlife species. On any given morning visitors may see turtles sunning on rocks near the river bed or countless bird species hunting the shallow waters for food. The scenery during camping season never disappoints, whether it's the vivid greenery during the spring or the breathtaking medley of colors during the fall.

    Nearby Attractions

    The John Deere Pavilion, an interactive museum spanning almost 200 years of the famous American agricultural company's history is located a convenient 20-minutes away by car. For a more exotic experience, the Botanical Center located in Rock Island, features an array of colorful plant species located in both indoor and outdoor gardens.

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    For local information, please call (563) 232-9096 or call (815) 259-3628 for general information.

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

    $26 / night

  2. Camper-submitted photo from Rock Island-Quad Cities KOA

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    Rock Island-Quad Cities KOA

    15 Reviews
    59 Photos
    39 Saves
    Rock Island, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Shady Creek

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    Shady Creek

    16 Reviews
    41 Photos
    62 Saves
    Illinois City, Illinois

    Overview

    Shady Creek Campground is a 22-acre park where campers enjoy getaways on the banks of the Mississippi River. A nature trail, shore fishing and fantastic bird watching are offered at Shady Creek.

    Recreation

    The Mississippi River draws many anglers annually. The most popular fish species is the channel catfish; bluegill, walleye and northern pike are also found in the river. Picnicking and playing horseshoes is a popular activity in the park.

    Facilities

    The park's campsites contain 50-amp electric hookups, campfire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and showers are provided. A boat ramp and playground are on-site.

    Natural Features

    The park has spectacular views of the Mississippi River. Many trees throughout the campground provide great places to lounge in the shade. The Upper Mississippi River begins at the headwaters of Lake Itasca, Minnesota and flows 1,250 miles to Cairo, Illinois where it joins the Ohio River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Wildcat Den State Park is just north of Shady Creek, offering hiking trails and the historic Pine Creek Grist Mill built in 1848. The Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge is a 40-minute drive downstream. Trails and observation decks are open to the public. Hunting and fishing are allowed in many area of the refuge.

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

    $25 / night

  4. Camper-submitted photo from Park Terrace Campground - West Lake Park

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    Park Terrace Campground - West Lake Park

    10 Reviews
    88 Photos
    46 Saves
    Davenport, Iowa

    Park Terrace Campground is open year-round during seasonal park hours. The restroom is open year-round. Due to weather conditions, water is available to the camp sites from mid April to mid October (weather dependent). Water is always available at the dump station.

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

    $27 / night

  5. Camper-submitted photo from Scott County Park

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    Scott County Park

    11 Reviews
    47 Photos
    45 Saves
    Eldridge, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Illiniwek Campground

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    Illiniwek Campground

    11 Reviews
    48 Photos
    57 Saves
    Bettendorf, Iowa
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Shores County Park

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    Buffalo Shores County Park

    9 Reviews
    45 Photos
    27 Saves
    Rock Island, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $22 - $25 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Clarks Ferry

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    Clarks Ferry

    9 Reviews
    26 Photos
    16 Saves
    Illinois City, Illinois

    Overview

    Clarks Ferry is a outdoor lovers delight, with fantastic bird watching and lots of shore fishing opportunities with our new accessible fishing dock! The park has plenty of trees to lounge under while taking in the spectacular views of the mighty Mississippi River.

    Recreation

    Take the kids to one of the two playgrounds, play a game of horseshoes, volleyball, or go boating. The Mississippi River draws crowds of anglers for channel catfish, bluegill, walleye, crappie and northern pike.

    Facilities

    Picnic tables, campfire rings, and 50-amp electric hookups are provided at every campsite. A boat ramp, dump station, and picnic shelter are also onsite.

    Natural Features

    The park is surrounded by large mature trees along the Iowa side of the Upper Mississippi River. The Upper Mississippi is the section of the river that starts in the headwaters of Lake Itasca, Minnesota and flows 1,250 miles to Cairo, Illinois, where it joins with the Ohio River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Clarks Ferry is near the Shady Creek Recreation Area and the Wildcat Den State Park.

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

    $25 / night

  9. Camper-submitted photo from Riverview Campground - Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

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    Riverview Campground - Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

    8 Reviews
    29 Photos
    27 Saves
    Illinois City, Illinois

    30 primitive campsites (non-electric) along the Mississippi River with boat ramp access to the Mississippi River, hiking trails, bathroom & shower building, water access, and picnic area.

    Camping at Loud Thunder is typically available from the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October as weather permits.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Wildcat Den State Park Campground

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    Wildcat Den State Park Campground

    8 Reviews
    69 Photos
    57 Saves
    Illinois City, Illinois

    Two historical attractions both have active friends groups. One is the "turn of the century" Melpine one-room schoolhouse, which is located in the park and offers visitors a glimpse of Iowa's past.

    The other historical attraction is the Pine Creek Grist Mill, which was built in 1848. The mill was built by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County's first settlers. He also built the county's first store and post office in 1838. The mill is one of the finest examples of mid-19th century mills left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill is being restored to its original condition. Great strides have been made at the mill and it is now grinding corn for the first time in more than 75 years.

    Wildcat Den is a great place for a family to "get away from it all" for a weekend or a family vacation. Campsites can be reserved in the non-modern campground which has water and vault toilets. There are no showers and there is no electrical service to the campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $6 - $9 / night


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