What creek?

I honestly can’t get over this campground. I’ve stayed at some sketchy grounds but this….the facilities were nice, general store is convenient and sells beer and 24hr firewood access is the only thing saving this review. There is zero privacy in the tent sites, upper Creekside is a good spot for if it rains but be aware of the intense incline. The “creek” isn’t an actual creek but just rain runoff. The older gentleman that runs the place is pretty rude, and the security is obnoxious with how often they circle around the sites. The fishing pond is subpar. At $36/night(stayed 2 nights so $72 in total) I could have stayed at a state park with actual water access and with privacy for around $20 total. This is definitely not somewhere locals should go and just let the tourists have it.

Close to parks

Close to local parks. Walking distance to bar. Great for when the other grounds are filled. Pics from Matthiessen

Great for tourist

Great place for tourists. Canyons are amazing and the lodge is really great. Food is good.


Busy rural highway is behind you, host let multiple sites get trashed. Fishing is great tho.

Depends on...

This is a great site if you don’t mind a very busy rural highway right behind you. Very easy access to fishing. The host was non-existent I.e one site was completely trashed and they never made themselves known. If it wasn’t for the water access I probably would not have stayed here.


Camp sites aren’t actually in buffalo rock, they’re across the street at I&M canal. You have to walk a bit to get there but the sites are great. If you’re looking for privacy this is it. There aren’t toilets tho or running water..

Kid friendly

Great for kids! The water attractions are great for the kiddos and the cabins aren’t half bad either!

Marshall SFWA

Went Friday 6/19. Made the mistake of not checking the weather and thought it was going to be nice enough to fish the whole next day, ended up storming. Great camping spot #10 very close to the Illinois river and great views. The host was like non-existent, the site by the vaulted bathrooms were trashed and right behind you is a very busy rural highway. Wouldn’t recommend if you have young kids.

Great for kids!

Tent sites are right across from a park with a back drop creek that runs through the camp. Fish are very abundant. When the lake is open it’s great to bring kids for the water sports. They have dances every Saturday night. It’s mostly an RV park, but really great for the family.

River views

Stayed here 6/12-6/14. There are campsite super close to fishing access. Water access basically through the whole park. Sites aren’t private unless your close to the rivers or on “T” sites on the outskirts. Was kind of loud and rowdy but I didn’t kind it as much.


Great park for the newer"primitive camper". Beware the sites that are on an incline. Vault toilets very accessible through out the park It's pretty cool that you have to drive through the crik to get to the campground. Fishing was lackluster, but it was also the second weekend after quarantine. Camp hostest is super nice!