It is open year round. There are lots of permanet residents there. The dogs run free but are friendly. The trees infested with carpenter ants. There is only wifi by the office with no shade. We were there over the 4th and firecrackers were going off until about 3 a.m. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our first time camping with our new camper. We did stay over a holiday weekend. The camp site itself was very nice, private and quiet. We did see the pool, but did not use it. The overall campground itself was ok. There were permanents all through out the campground, some were nice and others needed to be taken away. People were friendly and we as a family will stay at this campground again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The swimming pool looks nice (the water was clear and clean) but it was small. The playground was newer but the kind that you would have in your own back yard, not a commercial quality playground. Mostly a seasonal park, and as usual a few of the seasonal areas are nice...but the majority are just "eye sores" that that need to be hauled away and the lot cleared of all the junk. I did see some maintenance work being done and since this park has new owners, there could be great changes coming. Worth checking back into next summer...but not again this camping season. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is now called Four Star campground. It changed hands in March 2007. The new owners seem friendly, yet unorganized. We were assigned an area when we arrived. Each area A, B, and C has about 20 sites. The tag we got for our car just had an area (B). We paid $32 the first night. I only paid for one night because of my first impression. I paid for a second night and was asked to pay $35. Each night, the store had different personnel. The sites themselves are very small. There was enough room in Area A for a 28 foot trailer and a picnic table then the next site started. If the campground were more crowded I would have had a rough time backing into a site with my 25 foot trailer. With little room for the trailer; there is almost no room for your tow vehicle. So the people across the street parked along the street (making backing in tough). At this moment I can't recommend the campground (and probably won't return), but the owners are planning more improvements. The pool is nice and the playground equipment looks new. The sites are just too small for my taste. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The lady who checked us was mildly unpleasant. The park is very untidy and appears to double as a residential area for for many lower class individuals. It was quiet at night and we were not disturbed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Couldn't disagree more about the park being clean. This was a very unkempt facility. Many
of the permament site very messy and not cared for at all. If you like golf carts, this is the palace to go 'cause cart after cart made the rounds at all hours of the day and night. The sites were big and fairly roomy but this was not enough for me or my family to return to this campground We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
The park itself was nice, well kept. The bathrooms needed more attention The pool was
nice, and had a lifeguard. Help was friendly. The best shaded area is in the Outback. Sites were sizeable. There are a lot of seasonal/park homes. We enjoyed our stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The roads are extremely bad. If that was not enough the water stinks so bad that you can not use it. This is a very poorly run camp. Looks to have potential, but will never make it. Do not recommend this camp. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 5 / 10 ]
Stayed 4 nights. Bathrooms are pretty rough and neither shower was working in the closest men's room when we arrived. They did get one of the 2 showers working within our stay, but water is stinky. Management is very disorganized and most events were late starting. The pool was completely unsupervised and there were hoards of people swimming in street clothes, eating in the pool, and leaving trash all over. The fishing pond is a joke, but you can fish in the swimming pond. 2 playgrounds and lots of space to drive golf carts/atvs. About a half hour drive to Starved Rock state park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a campground with huge potential. That potential, however, is far from being realized. According to one worker I talked with, the owner refuses to invest any money in the park. He said that recent events hold out hope for improvement. In the meantime, the roads are extremely rough. The water is very hard; it smells and tastes terrible. The restrooms had new tile and counter tops, but the old fixtures were re-used even though they desperately needed to be replaced. Restrooms were not clean, and there was zero privacy for using the showers which really were not useable anyways. Staff was friendly and pleasant and helpful. The campground itself was quite nice with lots of grass and many trees. Sites were gravel. My back-in was over 60 feet long and had a new sewer connection. Rate is for Coast to Coast. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have been here several times, because our friends are in a seasonal site, and we usually go on Halloween weekends. The roads are terrible. They are very dusty, and have loads of potholes. I know of a kid there who once had to go to the hospital because he crashed, due to the excessive potholes. The water is atrocious, and the pool is nasty. The rates are much too high for the low-quality campground. I would not suggest going at all. Our first visit was in 2009. We traveled in a Travel Trailer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our family camped here and we were extremely disappointed. The roads in the campground are in need of repair. The campground is located near the Illinois River, and in the fall this area is beautiful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we stayed here in late August, the pool was closed to "lower expenses." The Swimming Lake was a slough full of weeds and algae. The roads are connected potholes with a bridge that looks like it could collapse at any moment. The store was closed, even though we were here during its limited open period. This looks like it was a great resort in it's day, maybe 20 or 30 years ago. Now it felt like a old run down mobile home park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are in search of a campground to set a "permanent" park model someday in the near future. We loved the fact that it is a HUGE area though we were sort of annoyed that he put us in the same general area with 2 other tent campers instead of on the other side of the bathrooms where there was no one. The one huge family was quite annoying playing their rap music at 3am; the campground did nothing to stop them. A bunch of permanents had young kids riding gas-powered golf carts back and forth at all hours of the night too. Then during the day, they found it fun to try to spin out right in front of our tent and run each other off the road. Maybe the campground should provide a phone# to report such annoyances? Plus, for such a large, quiet, campground, they really should limit the gas-powered use after a certain time of day or only allow battery operated. Also, the adults who drive them are VERY rude. My kids and I almost got run over as we were walking through the grass to our tent. The bathrooms were ok though the women bathroom didn't even have soap so I left my own for them. The men bathroom had a soap dispenser but my husband said it was broken. They do not clean the bathrooms daily, we camped for 2 nights and there was still toilet paper everywhere. The shower water was nice and hot and the sulfur smell did subside(and seemed to make my hair nice and soft). Also, for the good-quality toilets that they have, we still had trouble flushing them on the first try. I found that most people won't flush them twice an no one checked on them. The pool was very small as was the play-park area. We didn't get to go to either because we got rained on and spent most of the first day drying things out. It would be nice to be given a clothesline between the trees or have them set posts for something like this as well. In all, we had an enjoyable experience and will probably return some day but need to meet more of the locals, who didn't seem too friendly to tent campers, before we make a decision to stay as a permanent. We camped here in a Tent.
We stayed at this park for the July 4th weekend and it was horrible. The access roads were one big pothole. The dust stirred up by driving on them, was everywhere. The kids were out of control driving the golfcarts/4 wheelers. One thought it was fun to spin around in front of the bathrooms. We had a sprinkler on the road to try to keep down the dust. The sites we were on, were new gravel so the trailer settled the 3 days we were here. One good thing was that the pool was nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I camped here with a group of friends, so didn't really expect much as far as entertainment and activities for kids. It's a good thing too because there wasn't any. If you're looking for a HUGE campground with plenty of privacy (with the exception of the seasonals which were segregated from the over nighters, it was pretty much dead), this is the place to be. I was disappointed with the restroom facilities. They "felt" dirty and could definitely use an upgrade. Also, the water had a strong sulfur smell. The sites were definitely not level. On the other hand, the staff couldn't have been more friendly. Would I stay here again? Probably not...not that it was a bad experience, I'm just looking for better. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is absolutely the worst park we have ever been in, both in geography and customer service. While there are some sites on the hill with space and trees, to get there you need to cross a concrete pad which can be flooded by the creek/stream below it. We selected and were approved to set-up on one of the front sites: which was bare and boggy but did have utilities and didn't require crossing the "bridge". Four days into our stay we were informed at 6:30pm that we needed to move to another site as they had made a mistake in allowing us to park in this site. We were not allowed to wait until morning and therefore were hitching up in the dusk / dark. We left the park and were penalized on the rate as we hadn't stayed the full week. We went to a Wal-Mart parking lot for the night and then another nearby campground to complete our stay in the area. Can't say strongly enough that you might want to try other campgrounds! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We waited 10 minutes for the "check in" phone to respond when we entered because the number to call was busy. From the entrance our site was about 1/2 mile away and the gravel roads are TERRIBLE. You might be able to do 5mph due to many many pot holes. We found no pull throughs and most sites we saw were grass and some very large so you could manage to pull through. Due to lots of recent rain we were told to stay on one of 5 or 6 back in gravel sites to avoid getting stuck. We had to be careful where we walked due to mud. There are many long term residents and several of their sites didn't look well kept. We were attracted to the CG due to it's being an AOR park for $9 plus $3 reservation fee. Doubt we'll return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We fell in love with this campground. It does have gravel roads, but they were smooth and not dusty if you went the speed limit. The site were grass (not the cement city we've seen before) and huge, the restrooms were clean and had plenty of hot water. The swimming pool was clean and every thing was working (the kids loved it). The store was not open when we went to it, but there was a sign telling us to use the free phone to call a number to have some one come to take care of us and low and behold with in 5 minutes someone was there and took care of us. The only thing that was confusing to us was the place is huge, but once we got a site map we were fine. We camped here in a Tent.
[ 8 / 10 ]
I have read the prior reviews and cannot believe they are from actual campers. Yes the campground has gravel roads, but well maintained, though dusty if you speed. Buildings area all well maintained, and freshly painted, bathrooms were clean and functional. We came in early Friday and while no one at gate or welcome center, there is a sign the clearly gives instruction on the use of the free phone and cell number to call staff. We used the phone and the staff responded quickly and were friendly. Bathrooms were clean with plenty of hot water, playground equipment while not new or modern well maintained and functional, no kids so we did not use. We discovered over a hundred vacant wooded acres to hike with our dog and loved the place. Also, in talking to seasonal campers found out fight going on with contiguous RV subdivision and the developer so bad reviews are probably from them. Lastly, I went to their web site and watched their video stream, when at the campground, found it accurate and not doctored. Do your own review before discounting this hidden gem. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 1 / 10 ]
The previous reviews are so on target. It felt like being in the twilight zone. We found this resort online. The description said it had a special 4 days/3 night rate of $59. We pulled up to the gate and the place looked deserted. We drove our van around to check out the place. The welcome center and other buildings were very run down. We saw no one around. We couldn't find any campsites. We felt so uneasy we turned our coach around and left. We would never recommend this place to anyone. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well I just wanted to update this campground and again say "resort" the road has had the pot holes filled in and the pool is full but other than that this places is substandard. The swimming pond did not look nice enough to let my dog swim in it and the playground equipment looked like left over from a Steven King movie. I was told by a local that this place is great to party on the weekends for underage kids on "the hill" which is the center of the day camping with no shade in any direction. I drove out as well and saw enough to leave as fast as I could. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I live about 45 Min. from this "Resort" I decided to take a drive out and check it out before making reservations to stay for a weekend. Thank GOD I did! Anything I would type about it would just repeat what the other reviews have said. I would not stay here. It looks like the "resort" is a thing of the past. The place is like a ghost town, the swim pond is nothing but algae and weeds. There was no one around that looked like they were actually "running" the park. The office and guard shack and store/trading post were all closed and dilapidated and looked like they had not been used in years. I tried to drive to the rear of the "resort" to check out the overnight sites, but the road was so bad that fearing for the alignment of my Van, I finally just gave up. Do yourself a favor, find a different place to go. This place is a thing of the past. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I don't normally post bad reviews, but this campground should be avoided. I read the other reviews and they are correct. The road into the campground is awful. It took us about 4 minutes to go a quarter of a mile. There is a Welcome Center that is vacant, and a guard shack that has a phone for you to call to tell someone you have arrived. We only found this out by choosing the wrong road and being told by a permanent camper that we were in the wrong place. There are no signs to help you. The pool was under construction. The swimming lake is small and I would never swim in it. The two playgrounds we saw were very old, missing swings and rusted. The area is heavily forested, but the sites that are for day campers are cleared of trees so there is no shade. The campground was so rundown and in poor condition that we asked for a refund. Be aware that when I asked for a refund, the cashier had to call the owner because as she put it "he doesn't normally give refunds". We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The roads are nothing but pot holes and dust and the workers are not friendly and when I was there was was vandalism and a lot of under age drinkers. Also I did not see any security anywhere and if there was it was workers, and I noticed they were drinking. Now I don't think if they are being paid to watch the park they should be drinking, and I would say it's not for kids. I will never go back there. Their web page is nothing but a bunch of lies. They don't rent golf karts or horses and from what I seen in there they are nothing but a bunch of party animals. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a membership park (we stayed under AOR)that has a few RV sites. It covers a large area but is mostly a ownership park with park models. There are only 6 full hookup sites and only 2 of them were 50 amp. The road through the park to get to the RV area is 1.25 miles of horrible dirt roads. The road is solid potholes (actually more like craters) - the worst we have ever seen. This park is very, very run down. The office was not open during the week. We had to call to advise we were there & then someone came around and collected the money. None of the amenities that the book said they had existed, with the exception of the pool. The pool was not real clean and the chairs were all broken. The water in the showers was not even lukewarm, not to mention dirty. We had to ask the management to mow around the RV sites. The rest of the park had been mowed. We were here for 10 days only because we had met another couple here. It is by far the worst RV park we have stayed at in our 2.5 years of full timing. The only plus was that we were in site M3 which had 50 amp. The full hookup sites were very close together and not all 6 would accommodate a large rig. I would not camp here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this campground for two reasons. Close to home so that I can commute to work and the river sites with their view of the river and barges. Nothing can beat the sun coming up over the river with a barge in site. The river sites are in the Great Falls area sites 1-20. We give the park a review of 8 because of the quality of water (we bring our water from home) and the fact that only 20 of the sites are on the river. If I was coming to the area to visit Starved Rock State Park, I would choose this campground and use it as my home base. There are a number of restaurants in the town of Marseilles a short drive away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent a lot of our early camping days at this park and have always loved it. Watching the barges and activity on the river is always fun. The sites are big with plenty of room between sites, and there are plenty of huge old trees to provide shade. Also, relatively easy off/on to I80 even though its a mile or two away from the interstate. Now the bad news. The park seemed to be much more run down than we remembered. The bathrooms/showers were awful - dirty and smelled like egg water. When I checked the showers, the egg water smell got worse, so I'm sure the smell comes from the water dripping from the showers. Showers also on a push button system. I pushed the button and - I timed it - 9 seconds later the water went off! Can you imagine taking a shower where every 9 seconds you have to push a button? The 30 amp power was also geeky. Twice our power went out for no apparent reason. Came right back on, but still. We now have a 45' motorhome and we encountered a few low hanging branches - nothing major though - and some turns were tighter than we normally like, but we were able to get in and out of our site and the campground with only a little bit of extra maneuvering. I sure hope Illinois comes up with some money to update this campground because despite the negatives, we still like this place! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a great park with many sites right on the river where you can watch the barges go by day and night, along with other boat activity. This would be a 10 if they had water hook ups at the sites. Site was easy to back into and easy to level our travel trailer. Some sites are close together, but most are a nice size, and there is plenty of grass area between the back of the sites and the water. We will definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a state park. The grounds are well cared for but recently they have had problems with the plumbing. We understood that the re-opened park has a temporarily sewerage solution so it might fail again. The sites on the Illinois River are really great: most are quite large. There are lots of trees but, if you are careful, you can still get satellite access. There is only electric for hook-ups. There are water spigots that can be used communally, if you’re close enough or have enough hose. We weren’t, but it was not a problem. The showers and restrooms were acceptable for daytime use. The lights are on a very short-cycled timer, which was a bit disconcerting, after dark. It can get a bit busy on week-ends. They were kept clean. There is also playground equipment and a snack bar with ice cream! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice looking from the initial drive in. The lady at the front desk was nice too, though we told her we were pretty new at the backing in, seeing that this was only our 2nd voyage. She gave us a pick of 2 sites since I guess people do not do much fall camping. The problem was the sites were so unlevel and I'm not sure why she didn't put us closer to the park seeing that we had 4 kids with us. After propping the one side up on blocks, we did the best we could and still ending up unlevel. The sewer looked to be recently installed and didn't have a screw top so the sewer line just sat there. Found out the last day that it was clogged so we ended up dumping all our waste from 4 kids and 2 adults onto the clay. My husband said the bathrooms were clean but had no towels or blow dryers of any kind in the men's restroom to dry hands. The kids' park was awesome, the kids loved it. The people seemed nice, waving HI each time they'd pass. Not sure if there is a pool because it was too cold to swim. In all, a nice place. If they could fix their unlevelness and sewer, it would be even better. We'll most likely come here again because it's near Starved Rock were we like to go hiking. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground hosts were very friendly, polite and professional. Large shady or sunny sites depending on your preference, also sites available on the river. There are a number of stray cats in the park, some are sweet and some just avoid you. The facilities were clean and functional, however they could use updating. There is a strong sulfur smell in all the water, If you put it in your camper the water in your camper will smell. I used their water to rinse out my water bottle before filling it with spring water, the sulfur smell made the water undrinkable. We may stay here again, however, we would bring water with us. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful place to camp! Family friendly, quiet, clean and an overall pleasant stay. We will be coming back again. I cannot say enough of how well maintained, and clean this campground is! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground provide the quintessential camping experience. Large heavily wood sites with minimal facilities. It also provides a good experience for those of us with large RVs. Easy access back in sites that are large enough for the biggest rigs. Many sites have satellite TV access along with a river view. The reservation system, however, is a bit confusing. Only even numbered sites can be reserved, but nearly all of the best riverfront sites are even numbers thus without a reservation, no riverfront site. There is also a second campground with no views but electric sites and mixed trees and sun with big rig access. Sites are fairly level with gravel pad, fire ring, and table. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice, clean state park. Peaceful and quiet. Loved watching the barges on the river. Park hosts were friendly and watchful of the surroundings. Bring your own water though...it tastes/smells HORRIBLE here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped for 14 days in the electric area to the East of the bridge on site 25 for one day moving to site 27 for the remainder. Some of the sites are VERY close to each other and all the electrical is old. The 30A breaker at site 25 could not carry our loads while the one at site 27 could. We agreed with the rules for the campground but, they are not enforced. Multiple boats/cars on a site is common - especially on the weekend. Likewise, multiple families on a site with vehicles parked on multiple sites. The water has a rotten egg smell likely caused by sulfur. If you stay long enough to require a refill of your fresh tank, be sure to use an odor and sediment filter before it goes in. The shade is very nice. Trees everywhere. The river view is beautiful with lots of boaters, jet skis, barges, and wildlife. The sites are relatively level but, with rain they do tend to pond a bit. We were under a flood watch, but the river was never a problem. I would stay here again, but only during the week to avoid the crowds. It's much quieter during the week. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our "home" campground. We store the RV near here and camp here 3-4 times a year, always in the main loop on the east side. Watching the barges on the canal is nice. It's a pleasant small park for a weekend getaway. If you're travelling through it's about 3-4 miles off I-80 and in my opinion is preferable to the local private campgrounds. The dump station is easy to access and water fill-up is available near the camp host sites. Gas in Marseilles is consistently cheaper than the Chicago area. The last 2006 post which gave a "3" rating must have been about one of the private campgrounds as there is no pool here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
It was great. I would go back there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
All even number sites are reservable in the front part of park. Back of park is first come first serve. Sites are good size and will fit larger RVs. There need to be some upgrades done in this park. When it rains sites become water logged because of lack of gravel. Restroom were still closed when we visited. You can get a nice view of the river to watch boats and barges go by. Would return again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Stopped here for the night on the way home. I80 traffic won't be a problem as this well off the road with several turns to get there. I asked for shade and I got it. Clear in the back (outback they call it) and past some pretty shabby looking places. I asked the guy that parked me if maybe they had something near the front close to the pool. He told me I wouldn't want any of those sites because they were pretty uneven. Said he tried to get "them" to let him fix them but shrugged his shoulders. I took where I was and had to unhook just to drive back to the pool. Thats when we noticed several pretty nice looking shaded lots just down from the pool the other direction. Lady in the office said she was sorry when I explained it to her. Lots of seasonal units here and some that had been at one time. The pool was pretty nice. I would pass on this place next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This could be a beautiful park, if kept better. It needs more gravel in the sites. When it rains your sites will fill with water. There are 3 separate campgrounds. One you can see the river and the other 2 have no river view. They have a couple of host on duty daily. The shower house only consist of 2 showers which is not fesible for that many campers. On busy weekends be prepared to wait in line and it closes at 10:00 am for cleaning. You can see the barges, and boaters if you are by the water and it is a nice view. There is also one campground cabin that you can rent also and it has a view of the river. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This state park is located on the south bank of the Illinois River, by a dam adjacent to the rapids. There is a barge canal in part of the river, and you can watch barges going through the waterway. The sites are spacious and shady. We stayed in the Great Falls campground, right on the river. There is also a Whitetail campground a little further west in the park in a forest, but it has no river views. The town of Marseilles is just across the bridge, and it has a small grocery and a few gift and antique shops. The I & M Canal state trail also goes through the town for biking or hiking. The campground restrooms were o.k., clean, but could stand some updating. This campground is about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, off I-80. It's a nice place to camp. We will return here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Mainly a seasonal park, but they do offer a few Overnight sites. Grounds are not maintained at all and the majority of the seasonal sites look like no one has been out to them in years. No swimming of any type (pool or lake). Nice newer playground and entry with a keypad locking gate. I asked if they had fishing, the lady said yes they had a stocked pond but in her own words it was pretty "grown up" I guess she was not kidding because I could not even find the pond! Weeds - Yikes! I don't think we will return, the place seems deserted and creepy and offers nothing for recreation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.