10 Parks near Amboy, Illinois
Jun 2015 - $35.00
OK park. It is a typical park in this area in that there are a lot of RVs but no one there until the weekend. Roads are gravel, with ruts. We were there at the time a tornado set down at a RV park about 2 miles away. We spent about 1 1/2 hours in the store as shelter. It had windows and not much protection. I almost could not get out, as the road had some serious drainage issues. Wi-Fi was good. Site was very unlevel. I would not stop again. - bobowill
Aug 2013 - $15.00
Rate reflects monthly rate. This is no longer a Passport America park. This is a get-away park for Chicago folks. Most sites are seasonal most are well kept and nicely landscaped. The residents are neighborly. The owners are on-site and accommodating. There is a restful, bucolic atmosphere here, especially during the week. Things ramp up a little on weekends and there are many activities. Big highlight for my sons was the weekly Sunday morning frog jumping contest. The fishing is good, catch and release for cats and bass; keep panfish if you like. The laundry is adequate. Showers/restroom a little dated but clean and serviceable. Like most of Illinois, there is high iron content in the water - you'll want a new filter when you leave. We would return. - Joann26
Oct 2010 - $15.00
This is a Passport America park that is very popular with locals as there are mature trees and several lakes for fishing or swimming plus themed activities for kids and adults. Families come here for generations from what we were told. Interior roads are dirt/gravel and the sites were mainly grass. Some sites are very unlevel. We were near the office so had a back-in site with FHU and a decent WiFi signal. The owners are extremely nice and very helpful. The grounds in no way compare to modern RV parks we are accustomed to. Showers and restrooms need major work and cleaning. - Bookwormonwheels
Jul 2016 - $57.00
Absolutely disgusting! We arrived around 8:00pm and left by 10:30pm. The place was dirty, run down and had a bad feeling. Our motorhome was scratched by the tree branches as we pulled out. We will never return. We called the manager the following day and he did not return our call. We usually love Jelly Stone parks.
This one does not meet any of the normal standards. - Iowa family 2
May 2016 - $60.00
This was my second visit here. I was with my daughter and her family. They like it for the activities for my granddaughters. We camp in a motorhome and tow a car. The first thing you notice is the extreme angle the entrance has with the road. I guess that's why there very few motorhomes there. Check-in was an ordeal due to the unfriendly and indifferent staff. If we could have gotten a refund, the weekend could have ended at that time. There was another family with us so we had three sites reserved. They had us and the other couple in the wrong sites, but since we were all together, switching them should have been easy. Nope, not without talking to the other family, who wasn't coming to the next day. We went to a fourth site. The lack of cooperation in resolving the issue was something I've rarely encountered.
The campsites are quite large, and there is no designated pad to park an RV on. Also, there are no permanent fire rings, so driving into an old fire pit is possible. Although they had quite a bit of rain the day before we got there, the ground was quite firm. The water and electric hook-ups are nicely elevated, so connecting is easy. The sewer is not right next to the water which is desirable.
There is no cable TV and even a digital antenna won't get a strong signal. We did not come to watch TV, but the nightly news and weather would have been nice.
Wi-Fi is available, but there is a hefty fee to get Internet access. They had a coupon for 4 hours free, but when I inquired about it at the office, I was met with more indifference. But, by this time I was used to it.
We were there in the spring and it got cold one night. So much so, my daughter emptied a LP tank. They have a very short window (½ hour) that you can get a tank filled, which of course you would not know about until you try. When she did go during the window time, at first she was ignored.
I do not have to stay at this campground; I will not again. - Martini
Aug 2014 - $65.00
This park has a lot to offer. And it could be great if management would actually enforce the rules they have posted everywhere. Rules when you make a reservation, rules on the web site, rules in the front office, rules on the map, rules on the schedule of activities. BUT - most people who camp here break the rules. Quiet hours. What's that? No golf carts during quiet hours? Lie. Map say 7 MPH, signs in the campground say 10 MPH - right! It's the Chicagoland Speedway for all the numerous golf carts! And the dust. WOW. We found the staff to be on and off. Sometimes very friendly and helpful. Othert imes, just acting like we were bothering them. There are a lot of seasonal trailers in the park, and they are very well maintained. My issue is that if I pay $65 a night for a campground, I expect to be wowed. And not nickeled-and-dimed for every event. The mini golf was $3. The course was debris-ridden and on some holes, in disrepair. The mini-golf was typically unmanned. The weekend we camped, there was a fireworks show and that was pretty good. It was longer than I expected and very nice. This park is LARGE. Be prepared to walk. Everywhere or spend $60 a day to rent a cart. - NetteK
Oct 2014 - $35.00
We were going to stay here and ended up not due to the creepiness of it. The beautiful pines that cover this campground are only beautiful on the road in. Once you get inside, they are all half dead and oozing sap on everyone's tents/campers. The seasonal campsites are cluttered with so many lawn ornaments they look like an episode of Hoarders! Creepy place. - Valerie C
Jun 2008 - $27.00
This campground has no business letting "outsiders" in. This establishment only caters to the seasonal camper. Rules of the campground are not clearly posted anywhere. There did not seem to be any organized activities. There were no tents there at all when we camped. Staff was rude and refused our attendance on their "hayride". The only bath house was lacking attention and extremely dirty. Doors falling off of hinges and cobwebs everywhere. The swimming hole looked like a mucky swamp infested with bacteria. Fishing pond was also lacking attention. Not much in way of a store with camping supplies. Sites were tight for the more modern campers with slides. Only nice feature was the beautiful pine trees. I would not camp here again. - musuru24
Jun 2008 - $27.00
Unbelievable. Most terrible camping experience we've ever had. The owners were rude and belligerent. Do not come here and do not bring your children. The owners screamed and yelled at us and my children, threatening to throw us out of the campground for singing children songs on the hay ride. My 5 and 7 year old were in total fear...screaming, crying. I argued with the owner after we were threatened and accused of using profanity...something we never did, nor did anyone else on the hay ride. I cannot explain their behavior, but they did call the sheriff to have us thrown out. This is a place for regulars...yearly and seasonal guests. I suggest if you consider coming for a weekend stay, that you do not. You will be an outsider and they will throw you out for any reason they wish, truthful or not. The bathrooms and showers were disgusting. I felt that my family was in danger staying there. Signs all over the grounds read "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". The playground sign reads "if you are older than 6 years old, and caught playing here, you will loose your playground privileges" How can they even prove age? Do they ask for the child's drivers license? The pond is considered "great for swimming". I wouldn't let my kids put one toe in that disgusting water. - PineView worst trip EVER
Jun 2016 - $39.00
This is an older campground that the previous owners have let it go into disrepair. The new owners purchased this about three years ago and are trying very hard to bring back to life. The new owners are vary personable and reach out to new campers that are there. They came over to our site and introduced themselves to us on Sunday which I find outstanding and asked if anything needed to be done.
I did mention that some trees need to be trimmed to provide for additional clearance for large rigs. We might come back in a year or two to see what other improvements, that they have made to this campground. - Jim W1
May 2015 - $50.00
Stayed at the Green River Oaks Memorial Day Weekend and had a blast. Owners and staff were incredible. Sights were large and clean and park was amazing. We had stayed there years ago and the owners have since changed and have done a great job. - BenFranklinC
May 2015 - $50.00
When we first arrived water was leaking from the hook ups, I let them know. There were holes in the ground I asked to be covered up so my children wouldn't get hurt and the play areas are outdated and old and I even asked to have that addressed, I didn't want a kid to get hurt. Although it's under new ownership, they were extremely rude and the place is the worst we have been too. What horrible owners. We won't be back and I suggest you look elsewhere. - john voiles
Aug 2016 - $28.00
Very nice park roomy sites but close to I88 so traffic noise all night. Great water pressure! Most sites appear seasonal and transient is nearer the Interstate. Site was sort of pull through as I was directed to drive out trough another site in front of me. - Edd505
Apr 2014 - $26.00
Excellent campground with beautiful lake view. Owner exceptionally kind, w/FHU, no WiFi, and limited service through AT&T. Need to find an excuse to stay here again. - rob4mepls
Jul 2012 - $26.00
Very nice park with a large pool and a swimming pond with a fountain. Great internet and very level sites. We stayed here on PA. Lots of shade trees, but we were able to get satellite. - dd2some
Sep 2007 - $10.00
Nice park for hiking and picnicing, but the campground is not ideal. Most sites are very unlevel and on grassy hills within a tall pine forest. The size of the sites makes most of them unsuitable for trailers/RVs, yet the unlevel terrain makes them unsuitable for tents as well. Also, the rangers did little to keep the noise down from other campers. While the bathroom had flush toilets and showers, there were far too few of them for the # of sites, and they were crowded and dirty as a result. I'd not camp here again, but will do a day visit. - WinnieViews
Aug 2006 - $10.00
We stayed here in August. They do have water available and a dump station. The shower building is fairly new and well maintained. There are trails to hike and a playground for children in the picnic area. There is also a lodge in the park with cabins and a restaurant. There is a creek flowing thru the park and fishing is allowed. The only negative is the train tracks at the back of the park. - corgi lovers
Jun 2010 - $30.00
We have spent a wonderful weekend at Lake Ladonna. The staff was very friendly and helpful. This park has a new owner and great improvements have been made through out the park. The bathrooms are all new and very clean. The kids had a great time at the beach and the entertainment was a blast! My family will be spending more weekends at this campground this summer. I would highly recommend this campground to all families! - espo9999
Jul 2009 - $27.00
Great family campground!! Been going here for years. - Jo1977
Jun 2008 - $30.00
Not really impressed with this campground. The trains are too close. - Jo Ro
Aug 2016 - $20.00
Park was neatly mowed and very clean. Sites spaced a little closer than we like but average for state parks. No sewer or water but dump stations on site, as well as water. Appears to not have a lot of 50 amp service available. Phone service good. Hard to get satellite signal. Lots of trees. Sites 57 and 28 best for Sat (direct) service. - Billy47
Jun 2011 - $20.00
Campground was clean with lots of shade. Grounds were freshly mowed. Several hiking trails could have been better marked. Camp hosts knowledgeable and friendly. Would camp here again. - Bob F
Sep 2016 - $28.00
Stopped here for an overnight stay.
Convenient to the I-88
Very accommodating owner / managers.
Lots of friendly seasonal campers with spaces for overnighters. - happyflyer
Jun 2016 - $20.00
Have been coming here for years when the kids were small, before full-timing. This park is a top camping draw for families from The City and fills almost every Summer weekend, during the week not even a tenth filled.
This park features a big fishing and paddle sports lake, no motors over 10hp. Buy a license! DNR Police are active here.
The day-use and camping sections are separate and distinct. There is a restaurant at the day-use side and a great camp store with fishing and camping supplies as well as food and ice cream treats on the camping side.
There are boat rentals at each location.
There are 150 camp sites, FCFS and ReserveAmerica. They are all back-in, electric only, level is debatable. The park works hard to keep the woods at bay and is constantly pushing it back, but the sites are still very woodsy, many are in twilight all day. The State Park has a booster club and many supporters. See this web site, not Illinois DNR, for lots of info about the lake and park, as well as pictures of the camping sites and lots of fish pics:
This is a camping park mostly tent camping, pop-ups, and travel trailers. Motorized RV are probably truck campers and small rv's. Check the photos in the above noted web site. Large Class A's and 5th wheels would have a chore getting in. There is a fire ring and picnic table at every site and there is plenty of grass around before giving way to the woods.
There are good hiking trails, including a formidable one around the lake.
Families and children play all day and never stop exploring the woods. This is not a quiet place...it is not supposed to be.
Besides the usual outhouses there is a single shower and bathroom building which, though cleaned daily, is severely taxed when the park is full. It is rather Spartan, at best.
Four host couples, scattered about the park keep things running smoothly without spoiling the fun. - Jack B
Jul 2015 - $15.00
Lived in the area before full-timing and know this park well. 150 sites: 60 FCFS, 90 Reserve America. It is a park all about a big lake for fishing, kayaks,canoes, and sail boards. No motors over 10hp. There is a day use area with cafe, boat rentals, and camp store. The camping area is separated from day use and also has a camp store and boat ramps. This is a park for tents, pop-ups, and small trailers. All sites are back-in, level is no way guaranteed. Many sites are very short, not designed for big Class A's or 5th wheels. The park is very heavily forested and camp sites cut into the woods. Camp sites are clear by constant use. Summer weekends are almost always full. Many miles of walking trails are mowed clear. Only one brick-and-mortar bathroom with two toilets and showers, the rest are all pit type outhouses. If possible, drive this park first and note the good sites. Because of its size there are five host couples on site and will help whenever they can. This park is basic but very nice. - Jack B
Jun 2014 - $25.00
We loved this campground. Beautiful, wooded sites, (for the most part) clean bathrooms. Large lake for fishing (no swimming) and boat rentals. Nice playground and volleyball court by the dock and camp store, hiking trails. Great place to unwind. We will camp here again and I have recommended it to others. - rollinrollinrollin