Kate B.

Hillside , IL

Joined February 2017

North Unit

Our campsite was up the hill and away from the lake as those sites are quite ‘busy’ and we usually look for sites with more privacy. This campground is huge and offers many different kinds of sites depending such as open sites in a pine forest, down by the lake, or tucked away in the trees and bushes. We found several decent choices on a busy fall weekend without a reservation. We enjoyed the spacious campsite that had a couple of it’s own mini-trails and plenty of opportunities to hike in and around the area. I don’t fish, but it seemed like the popular thing to do for many other visitors. The vault toilets were okay but there is a nicer bathroom down the lake.

Access to Lake Superior

This campground has trails from most sites that lead directly to the lake where there is a nice breeze so it reduces the bugs in the spring & summer. Due to the rocks, logs, and plants along the water it is difficult to “stroll down the beach” so you kind of have to pick a spot and chill. The place is full of small trails so if you like to explore, that is a plus. Some sites offer more privacy than others and there are only a handful that have a lake view. The outhouses were meticulously clean and well water is available. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 15-30 minute drive, depending on how far you’re going.

Way up there

Lots of walks and hikes directly from the campsite. The waterfalls are incredible. Overall clean area with very little litter. Bathrooms were meticulously clean for vault toilets. There was water but no sinks. The sites vary, but there are some larger ones with privacy. We wanted to stay two nights and could only register for one night in person although our site # was available for the next 3 nights. Meanwhile someone reserved it the next day so we just left rather than move down one.

Bike ride or walk to brewery

This is a small, rustic campground with water and vault toilets. The outhouses are in need of some TLC or just a once through with a leaf blower. Most sites offer privacy with the over growth of trees and bushes which is lovely but in warmer months, it also means lot of bugs. There are drive-up sites, walk-in sites and a group campground. The drive-up sites are next to the road so you do hear cars all night/day and it is a tiny space so voices carry. It’s proximity to the brewery and the restaurants, shops, and bars of New Glarus, can’t be beat. Also on the Sugar River Trail so bring your bike!

Great trail system close to Chicago

I didn't camp here and I'm not sure I'd want to but they do have a great trail system if you want to hike around for a day.

First to Review

Very small, on the river, vault toilets, seems like people "live" there and run a generator all night long. Good if you like free, being close to the ferry, and or fish.


This is one of my favorite spots. I had no service and it was pitch black at night. The only amenities are a vault toilet and water. Plenty of hiking right from your site. 10 minute wAlk or 2 minute drive to the river where you can hike, swim or wade. Even if it seems crowded, just walk down the river a ways for some privacy. No problem finding wood.

Amazing views

This place is amazing in every season but fall provides the most colorful scenery. Campground is small and the area sees a decent amount of visitors even if they aren't camping. There is water, plenty of downed wood, and many hikes within a short drive. I would be nervous to bring small children because of the sheer drop of almost every side.

Cave in rock

Electric and primitive sites are spaced so you don't have to listen to a generator all night. Not super private but never that busy either. Bathrooms are clean and showers are free!