Places to Camp near Shabbona, IL

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Best Camping Sites Near Shabbona, IL (103)

    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park

    1.

    Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park

    94 Reviews
    311 Photos
    417 Saves
    North Utica, Illinois

    Hunting Closures this fall: November 18-21 & December 1-5

    Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois'​ most beautiful destinations. Camping near Starved rock features 18 canyons w/ vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops. Camping near Starved Rock offers recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. Special events are scheduled throughout the year. The Starved Rock Visitor Center is open year-round, and the 1930s-era stone and log Starved Rock Lodge offers luxury lodging, cabin rooms, and fine dining. Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is a dream destination for a midwest nature getaway.

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

    $25 - $35 / night

    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.

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

    $25 / night

    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

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    Rock Cut State Park Campground

    75 Reviews
    228 Photos
    238 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.

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

    $12 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground

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    Big Rock Campground

    17 Reviews
    30 Photos
    61 Saves
    Big Rock, Illinois

    Big Rock Campground, part of Big Rock Forest Preserve, is located at 46W499 Granart Rd., Big Rock, IL. The campground is open seasonally, May - October 15, each year.

    Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Payment is accepted via cash, check and credit card. Check-out is at 2 p.m., each day.

    The campground contains 109 camp sites including 96 improved, vehicle campsites complete with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pads and fire rings, 9 primitive, tent-only sites without electric access, and four equestrian camp sites.

    Camp fees are as follows:

    Improved camp site (with electric and water): Kane County residents: $20/day Nonresidents: $35/day

    Primitive camp site: Kane County residents: $12/day Nonresidents: $18/day

    Equestrian camp site (with electric and water): Kane County residents: $15/day Nonresidents: $25/day

    Dump station (not registered): Kane County residents: $15 Nonresidents: $15

    Firewood (available at Campground office): Bundle: $5

    Note: Outside firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground, however, all firewood must either be completely burned or left on site. No firewood will be allowed to be taken off site, due to the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine and restrictions by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    Big Rock Campground opened in the summer of 2013. This project was partially funded by an IDNR OSLAD and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant.

    This campground/preserve includes a horseback riding area. Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas, Illinois Nature Preserves, picnic areas or in farmed areas. To prevent trail damage during wet weather, trails may be temporarily closed. Individual forest preserves will post a sign at the entrance when horse trails are closed. Trails are currently OPEN for equestrian use at this campground/preserve.

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

    $18 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park

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    Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park

    26 Reviews
    44 Photos
    119 Saves
    Marseilles, Illinois

    Illini State Park is the type of park you think of when you think of big picnics and family gatherings. With its rustic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and riverside picnic areas, Illini State Park offers beautiful views and a sense of history not found in many other parks.

    Picnic areas, shelters and playgrounds are found throughout the park. Several of the shelters also have working fireplaces. Both tent and trailer campsites, including electric and sanitation service, are offered and some of the sites offer outstanding views of the river. A youth camp area is available for youth groups.

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

    $12 - $55 / night

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    O'Connell's RV Campground

    13 Reviews
    88 Photos
    32 Saves
    Nachusa, Illinois

    Leave your worries and hassles at the entrance gate. This RV Resort in Illinois has fun the whole family can enjoy! O'Connell's RV Resort in Amboy continues to draw families to the Sauk Valley by providing great fun and the opportunity to reconnect in a relaxing outdoor environment. An Illinois campground located just 90 miles west of Chicago and 80 miles east of the Quad Cities, O'Connell's RV resort in Illinois is both convenient and inviting. At this RV Resort, we work hard to be the best campground in Illinois offering fun that the whole family can enjoy. Grab your bathing suit and bring the entire family to one of our 3 pools and 2 waterslides or let the kids play in our arcade. With the most games of any campground in or around Illinois, the fun never stops here at O'Connell's RV Resort! At O'Connell's, there's never a dull moment! The campground features an award winning themed activity program geared to all ages. Park your car, stash your keys and come enjoy the beauty of nature and the variety of activities at O'Connell's RV Resort.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $60 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground

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    Lowden State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
    61 Photos
    74 Saves
    Oregon, Illinois

    Welcome to Lowden State Park Campground, a gem nestled near the charming town of Oregon, IL. This place is perfect for those who appreciate a mix of nature and convenience. The campground is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness of the facilities. Visitors often mention the well-maintained pit toilets and shower buildings. If you're bringing a big rig, you'll be happy to know that the campground is big-rig friendly, and there are electric hookups available. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is situated along the scenic Rock River, providing picturesque views and a peaceful atmosphere. You can enjoy a campfire at your site, with firewood conveniently available for purchase. For those who like to stay connected, the T-Mobile service is reportedly strong here.

    There are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The trails start right behind some of the campsites, making it easy to explore the surrounding nature. You might even spot some wildlife, like wild turkeys or woodpeckers, during your stay. The Black Hawk statue is a must-see, offering a bit of local history and a great photo opportunity.

    If you need to stock up on supplies or crave a treat, the nearby town of Oregon has you covered with bars, restaurants, and even a Dairy Queen. The campground itself has a small market for basic necessities.

    Whether you're here for a quiet retreat or a family adventure, Lowden State Park Campground has something to offer. Enjoy your stay and make the most of this beautiful spot!

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

    $10 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground

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    White Pines Forest State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    32 Photos
    76 Saves
    Mount Morris, Illinois

    Rock River Valley is home to 385 acres of paradisiacal forest, perfect for weekend getaways and family recreation. White Pines Forest State Park offers a serene backdrop for an ideal camping trip, smack dab in the heart of the vast rolling forest and dramatic Illinois bluffs. Featuring modern camp facilities, as well as up-to-date lodging, it’s easy to see why one might consider taking a voyage here. Not only are the amenities plentiful, the local geography is pretty stunning too. Gentle creek beds run against rich earthy banks through the park’s mossy cliffs and dangling vines. During the spring, wildflowers become plentiful, as trout lily, bloodroot, spring beauty, hepatica, and more all blossom into full bloom.

    One of the most notable features of the park is a concrete ford which spans across the creeks. This enables drivers to pull directly up to the creek bed, and drive through the various streams. There’s even an accessible path leading straight to the bank for those interested in checking out the wildlife or taking advantage of the fishing nearby.

    It goes without saying that picnicking is extremely popular here. In fact, there are over 100 campsites that feature their own picnic area, as well as various benches and clearings placed strategically throughout the park.

    Thanks to the variety of campsite options, it’s really easy to find camping here at any time of year. White Pines is unique in that it boasts Class B/S Campsites vehicle access and spacious shower/flush buildings nearby. There are also 3 electric sites, however they are non-reservable. Likewise, group campgrounds cannot be reserved so be sure to wake up early for priority camping!

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Creek Campground

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    Pleasant Creek Campground

    26 Reviews
    58 Photos
    61 Saves
    Oglesby, Illinois

    Pleasant Creek Campground is nestled in a wooded setting along a tributary of the Vermillion River, surrounded by rolling hills and mature trees. We are located 5 miles from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park in the gateway town of Oglesby, Illinois. Pleasant Creek Campground is quietly tucked away in the heart of the Illinois Valley and just minutes from unique shops, historical sites, recreational activities, and amazing dining!

    Campground Amenities: Spring-fed, stocked fishing pond Well supplied general store Creekside campsites

    On-site Trailers for rent New bathhouse and showers Basketball, Volleyball, and Tetherball Variety of sites available for RVs and tents

    Water & Electric available at most sites

    Game Room with ping pong, arcade games & more

    Dump Station on site and pump outs available

    Playground and an array of outdoor games Minutes from Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lasalle/Peru KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Lasalle/Peru KOA
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    Lasalle/Peru KOA

    13 Reviews
    21 Photos
    48 Saves
    North Utica, Illinois

    Welcome to Lasalle/Peru KOA, now known as Nature's Way Campground. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy a clean, well-maintained camping experience. The campground offers a mix of tent sites, RV spots, and cabins, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness. Visitors consistently rave about the spotless bathrooms and showers. There's even a dishwashing sink and garbage cans conveniently placed every 30-50 feet, making it easy to keep your site tidy. The staff is friendly and always on top of things, ensuring a pleasant stay.

    If you're traveling with pets, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed, and there's a cute dog park on-site. For those who enjoy a good campfire, fires are allowed, and you can purchase firewood right at the campground.

    The campground is near Utica, IL, and just a short drive from Starved Rock State Park, which is perfect for a day trip filled with hiking and scenic views. There's also a small creek running through the property, adding a touch of natural beauty and a peaceful ambiance.

    Whether you're staying for a night or a week, Nature's Way Campground offers a comfortable and convenient base for your adventures. With its clean facilities, friendly staff, and great location, it's a must-visit for anyone passing through the area.

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    • Reservable
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Shabbona, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Shabbona, IL is Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park with a 4.1-star rating from 94 reviews.

What parks are near Shabbona, IL?

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