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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Lyons, WI (66)

    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

    1.

    Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park

    65 Reviews
    130 Photos
    292 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 Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

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    Ottawa Lake Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

    34 Reviews
    117 Photos
    207 Saves
    North Prairie, Wisconsin

    Ottawa Lake’s campground is located in the southern unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest, situated within half an hour’s drive from Milwaukee. Wisconsin campers of all ages love these grounds thanks to lakefront sites, modern facilities, and access to trails for hikers of every experience level. South Kettle Moraine is also home to over 160 miles of trails, including 87 miles open to horse use. Connect to the Ice Age Scenic Trail and various others within the John Muir and Emma Carlin trail systems.

    Don’t forget to bring your rods when camping at Ottawa Lake! You’ll want to take full advantage of the boat dock and fishing pier where you can catch panfish, walleye, muskie, trout, bass, and northern pike – then you can grill them up at your campsite. Keep in mind, motorboats are not permitted on this small lake, which allows for peaceful wading and quieter camping all around.

    Though Ottawa Lake is open year-round, it is recommended to check the weather in Dousman and Whitewater before planning trips in the colder months, as freezing temperatures and snow are common. Cold-weather campers who are willing to brave the Wisconsin winter will enjoy snowmobile trails, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. No matter when you visit, Ottawa Lake will leave you satisfied.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Foot Beach State Park Campground

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    Big Foot Beach State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    27 Photos
    138 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!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

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    Pinewoods Campground — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

    20 Reviews
    83 Photos
    147 Saves
    North Prairie, Wisconsin

    Welcome to Pinewoods Campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, near Dousman, WI. This place is a solid choice if you're looking to camp from May to October. The campground is known for its peaceful atmosphere and well-maintained facilities.

    One of the standout features here is the easy access to hiking trails. The Scuppernong Trailhead and the Ice Age Trail are right at your doorstep, making it a hiker's paradise. Some campers have even mentioned that their sites were directly connected to these trails, which is a huge plus if you love to hit the trails first thing in the morning.

    The campground itself is pretty accommodating. You can bring your pets, but just a heads-up, Loop 1 is a quiet zone with no pets or loud noises allowed. This loop is perfect if you're looking for some tranquility. The sites are spacious and offer a good amount of privacy thanks to the greenery between them. Most sites are shaded, and many have trees suitable for hammocks.

    Amenities include clean showers with hot water, drinking water, and firewood available for purchase from the camp hosts. Speaking of the hosts, they’re known for being friendly and keeping the place in top shape. There are also picnic tables and fire pits at each site, and you can even find a playground for the kids.

    While the campground is generally quiet, you might hear some road noise, but nothing too disruptive. If you're into mountain biking, the nearby Emma Carlin and John Muir trails offer some excellent terrain.

    Overall, Pinewoods Campground offers a great mix of convenience, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. Whether you're here for the hiking, the peace and quiet, or just a weekend getaway, this place has got you covered.

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

    $18 - $30 / 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
    62 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.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
    Camper-submitted photo from Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

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    Kettle Moraine South Camping — Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

    12 Reviews
    32 Photos
    110 Saves
    Eagle, Wisconsin

    Kettle Moraine South Camping in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit is a solid spot for anyone looking to get away and enjoy some nature. This place has a bit of everything: electric hookups, showers, and even a camp store for those last-minute needs like ice and firewood.

    The campsites are pretty spacious and offer a good amount of privacy thanks to the thick foliage. Whether you're in an RV, tent, or cabin, you'll find a spot that suits your needs. The campground is open year-round, so you can enjoy the changing seasons, each bringing its own unique beauty.

    For those who love hiking, the trails here are a highlight. You can expect to see vibrant fall colors, interesting mushrooms, and a variety of native plants. If you're into birdwatching or just love a good scenic overlook, bring your binoculars. There's also a nice beach and a fishing pier if you want to spend some time by the water.

    Families will appreciate the playground and the relatively clear camp areas, making it a good choice for young kids. Pets are allowed, but be mindful of the rules, especially around the dog beach.

    Overall, Kettle Moraine South Camping offers a great mix of amenities and natural beauty, making it a worthwhile destination for a weekend getaway or a longer stay.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park

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    Fox Den Campground — Chain O' Lakes State Park

    11 Reviews
    32 Photos
    27 Saves
    Spring Grove, Illinois

    Fox Den Campground in Chain O' Lakes State Park, IL, is a solid spot for those looking to escape into nature without straying too far from civilization. Nestled in a more secluded area of the park, it offers a bit more privacy compared to other campgrounds like Honeysuckle. Each site is surrounded by dense foliage and trees, giving you a sense of being tucked away from the world.

    Electric hookups are available at each site, making it convenient for both tent and RV campers. Water and sanitary facilities are easy to access, and there's a central bathhouse shared with nearby non-electric campgrounds. Some visitors have noted that the bathhouse could use a bit more regular cleaning, but overall, it gets the job done.

    The campground is close to the boat docks and a concession stand that doubles as a camp store. You can find a decent selection of food, gear, and fishing supplies there. Speaking of fishing, the park's lakes and tributaries are perfect for boating and kayaking. If you're into hiking, there are trails nearby that offer a peaceful escape from the crowds.

    One thing to keep in mind is the no-alcohol policy enforced throughout Illinois State Parks, so plan accordingly. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Whether you're looking to fish, hike, or just relax by the campfire, Fox Den Campground offers a pleasant and convenient getaway.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cliffside Park Campground

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    Cliffside Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    25 Photos
    192 Saves
    Caledonia, Wisconsin

    Cliffside Campground is a family-friendly, 92-site campground located in Racine County, Wisconsin.

    The campground is conveniently located between Milwaukee and Chicago. Access to Lake Michigan is less than 20 minutes away. (North Beach)

    Tent campers and RVs are welcome on all sites. All sites are back-in only and accommodate up to a 45' RV with slide-outs.

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

    $32 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
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