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The Red Barn Rendezvous, Edwardsville, Illinois

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $15.00
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This is a fairly small area just off highway 55 located on the frontage road. This is a safe, clean and fairly inexpensive place to park your rig with hookups and that is the extent of the park. Open cornfield all around and the interstate about 300 feet away. The RVs are packed in like sardines so you will not have a lot of space to your own. It is inexpensive, safe and fully hooked up if you have a nice rig and want to spend time inside it then this is for you. This is not the place to build a fire and make smores and go for hikes. It is basically a really well appointed parking lot. No WiFi but since the highway is literally right next door you can get great 4G connectivity and everything you need in the way of a store or restaurant or any other service is within a 5 minute drive. If you are passing through this would be a good choice versus a rest stop, truck stop or WalMart parking lot but as a destination to go for a camping vacation not so much. We camped at The Red Barn Rendezvous in a Travel Trailer.

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Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Beaver Dam State Park, Plainview, Illinois

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
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This was our first trip in our new RV. Camp hosts were awesome and gave us all the info and help we needed for our stay. We got help backing in and the sites were all fairly level and in good shape. 30 amp service was provided and there were community spigots where you can fill up your fresh water tanks. There is a dump station at the enter/exit point for emptying your tanks. The place was very quiet even though there were a lot of campers. The entrance to the camping area is a long very steep hill. Once you get in the camping area you come to a stop sign right where the camp hosts stay and that makes it feel pretty secure. There are some tight turns and trees might be an issue if you have a bigger rig, mine is 30 ft and it was not much of a problem to navigate. There is one area off limits if you have anything besides a smaller rig because it is so tight so make sure and check in with the host prior to picking out a site. Shower house was clean as were the restrooms/outhouses in the camping area. Other restrooms in the park were terrible as was the fish cleaning area. The lake itself is beautiful and had some great fishing. There are a ton of ducks and geese and there is a constant ring of feces in and around the lake and parking areas. They did come out with a shovel and do some cleaning but it was quickly replaced, something to consider if you have small kids or pets. There is a marsh that you can visit near the dump station that was very interesting and some great hiking trails as well. There is what remains of an old restaurant that looks like it has been closed for several years and nothing else available in the park that we could see so make sure you have everything you need when you come. The host sells firewood and we were not allowed to bring wood in from home. No individual water or sewer hook ups. Overall very quiet and drama free stay and I will definitely return. We camped at Beaver Dam State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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We stayed in site 8
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Fishing and boating would be great here. There is a baseball field, volleyball area, lots of hiking trails and tons of nature to watch especially if you like birds. No shops or fuel anywhere in the park.

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