Josh M.
Brookfield, IL
Joined May 2019
Parking on Asphalt But Beautiful Scenery

Located just up the road from Peak One campground the Pine Cove campground is a great back up if no walk up sites are available at Peak One. The campground is situated on an asphalt parking lot however the hosts are very nice and it is located right on the lake.

Not a ton of amenities other than pit toilets and water, however it is worth staying nearby the National Forest.

Beautiful Scenery - Challenging Reservations

This was a great campground for a night however you must take into account the less time needed to reserve online or else you need to do a walk-in site. If it’s filled check out Pine Cove which is down the street.

Quiet - Lakeside Camping

Great little campground that is right on Lake Superior. We camped in the "walk-in" sites which were a short walk from our cars. These were definitely the best sites for tree cover and privacy with a separate trail to each campsite.

The amenities at the campground are basic and it is a bit of a drive to the main trailheads of the State Park but worth the effort.

Great Trails and Paddling

Campground is super basic but the access to trails and paddling is amazing. This park is severely underfunded so don’t expect much for amenities. That said it’s a great place to setup for a weekend on the trails.

Beautiful Terrain - Bit Crowded

Overall this is about as good as you’ll get for Northern/Central IL.

Campground is ok, and a bit underwhelming but he park and hiking trails are wonderful!

Primitive Camping at its Best!

Great little spot for some primitive camping and/or backpacking trip training.

Great trails within this park and tons of unique terrain for IL!

Great Little Campground

We stayed here during the winter while visiting my brother who was in college nearby. He and his friends seem to camp here quite often and it was a great choice. Even in the winter the sites were quite clear and clean and it provided great access to nearby trails and hiking.

Due to the somewhat rural location you could not beat the view of the stars at night.

For climbers, there is a ton of nearby trad and sport climbing. The main wall stays wet for a while so if it has recently rained you may need to find somewhere else.

Beautiful Trails and Scenery

Came here for a trail race in October. The park is home to some beautiful water and trails to enjoy. The park is quite clean and they have very nice facilities for campers and daytrippers alike.

Great Access to Dunes

We have only camped here in the winter as it’s a fun place to bring our dog for runs. The campground is always clean and there is fantastic access to the dunes as they are literally on the backside of the campground.

The campground is definitely set up to favor RVs as all of the sites are pads (with grass surrounding) with power however we found that there is still space to set up a tent when needed.

Great Camping, tough to find availability

Devils Lake’s campground is a well situated campground within the park. I have only been able to camp there once after trying close to 10 times. This park tends to fill up months in advance and Reserve America requires a two night minimum during the high season. If you are able to lock in a site it will be well worth the effort however book well in advance if you plan on staying there.

Easy and close to park

Wheelers is a great, well established campground close to Devils Lake State Park. The camping comes with flushable toilets and warm showers.

Only negative is that the bugs can get unseasonably bad there due to some of the low lying areas with water… certainly not their fault.

Great Camping and Trail Access

We’ve camped here a few times and it is always a great experience. Each site comes with a free bundle of oak firewood which is nice to use on the fire pits.

What’s great about this location is the access to the miles and mile of MTB and hiking trails just out the front step of your campsite.

We live 15 minutes away so like to take midweek camping trips to break up the work week.