6 Parks near Beach Park, Illinois
We did however find 6 campgrounds within 25 miles of Beach Park. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Beach Park in the left hand column.
Sep 2016 - $25.00
There is a $5 fee if you use reserveamerica.com - well worth if planning to visit during the busy summer months especially on a weekend. Verizon cell and Sprint Myfi worked well. This is a lovely, large campground inside of a huge state park along side Lake Michigan. There is lots of green grass and big trees with walking/biking trails for miles plus there is the nearby beach/lake. The sites are nicely cleared and level. While the park does not offer water/sewer at the sites, there are many locations to obtain fresh water and there are bath houses and toilets throughout the campground. There are ADA accessible sites, a place to purchase firewood & ice and a large dump station (two lanes) with ability to obtain fresh water. We found the staff to be VERY friendly - not only at check-in but also when we added on days (since we loved it so much) and again when we inquired about how to take the train to Chicago. The Permit Booth has train and L/Bus schedules to help you plan your trip. Because we wanted 50 amp, we were in the paved section but you still have a "camp feel" with a large sites, grassy area, picnic table and fire pit. We were able to obtain a DirecTV signal but some sites might not allow it due to trees. The nearby Camp Host was available and helpful. There are conveniences close by including an OscoJewel and Walmart. We highly recommend this park. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $25.00
This park is right on Lake Michigan it has an area with pine trees that is wonderful. Nice breeze lots of shade.
They seem to be tearing something down close by as there is quite a lot of daytime noise but it didn't really bother us too much.
There is a bike trail right adjacent to the park we are going for a bike ride in a little while. - gypsyrunner
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We stay at this park occasionally when visiting Chicago. Sites are very generous. The beach is small and rocky and some buildings are in disrepair. - jahiggins
2601 E Paul Jones St Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois 60088 (map) | (847) 688-6675
Sites: 20 | Latest Rate: $20.00 | 10 Reviews
Jul 2015 - $20.00
We agree with other negative comments: filthy outhouse, muddy potholed roads, and horrid customer service at the hotel. The base Commanding Officer should address these issues. Bright spots: The view of the Lake is great and other RVers were neighborly and enjoyable. The laundry is in the Marina bldg and is wonderful. We will not return to this base. Would rather do Walmart. - LFClary
Jun 2014 - $17.00
First the only thing this has is the view of Lake Michigan. It's right on the lakefront. Problems: The check in process at the hotel is a joke. After three years they should have it down. Asked on the phone for a particular site and was told we don't reserve sites. Asked about a site when booking in and was told that it was reserved! Which is it? Got to the site and someone was in it. Assigned another and there was a heavy (very) picnic table on the pad. Seems the grass cutting crew put them there and never put them back. It had rained and some of the sites were flooded. Was told it happens whenever there is heavy rain. So step out the door into mud. This place could be a jewel if management would get a grip. - K&J
Jun 2014 - $17.00
Only positive thing about this place is the view (on the lake) and the price. Facilities not clean, had to travel to the gym for a shower. Muddy not level back in sights. The hosts were not present. - pinkarmygal05
Aug 2016 - $45.00
The site was not good. We expected a better looking environment and updated equipment for how much we paid plus the place looked all booked up, meaning they are making good money here. They do not put any of the money back into the campground. It is a dump. We got a 30 amp premium site $45. Nothing premium about it, not even full hookup. No concrete slab. Weeds were everywhere. Bugs were everywhere. One couple left because the tiny stinging bees were so bad.
We did like walking by the animals. The animals looked good except the duck area and peacock area was very dirty and poorly kept. The fun zone is an additional $20/weekend per child. A can of pop was $1.35. We got two cookie ice creams and a generic bumper sticker for $10! The playgrounds weren't playgrounds, it was an old swing set, an old merry go round, etc., in the middle of a weed/mud filled area. The playgrounds were untouchable due to dirt and many had broken pieces and splinters.
The lake/beach was a swamp. The beach area is very tiny with dirty mud type sand. There are weeds everywhere. The pool is very small and cloudy. I cannot believe the price at this place. I really wanted to like this place. - Yellow Submarine
Aug 2015 - $45.00
This was our 3rd and last visit to this park. The staff is very rude and less then helpful, the camp host was even worse, very mean vulgar man. We requested a site we have stayed on twice before only to have them move us to the no motorcycles allowed part of the park, we told them we had a motorcycle and asked for the site we requested, they told us they were saving it for a group of people who were camping together and wanted adjoining sites who had yet to arrive. We were instead told to park it by security and walk the 1/2 mile down a very steep hill and back up a very steep hill to our site. Being handicapped I cannot walk this distance yet they refused to put us on a site where motorcycles were allowed and if we didn't want to do that then we could leave. They do not have any handicap parking or accessibilities in many aspects of the park. There is a fee to everything you do here. Showers are 25¢ extra, facilities are dirty. $48 camping fee which is 50 amp and water, NO Sewer is for 2 adults ($12.50 per night per person extra) and 4 children under 18 ($2.50 per night per child) and 2 vehicles, the one your driving and what your towing is considered 2, $5 per day per vehicle, day guests are $5 per day. They offer a bouncy play area for kids, also $20 each person for the weekend with limited hours and open from 3-7 on Friday and from 11-7 on Saturday. The pool was so dirty we preferred to swim in pond for free. If staying in this area check out Bong Rec area instead and have an enjoyable experience vs staying here. Site was a steep uphill slope. - rob4mepls
Aug 2014 - $43.00
We have been here a couple times. Our site was located near a cut through trail. Numerous times campers cut through our site, which was very annoying. Fences would certainly help as a guide. The campground could do a better job with enforcing quiet hours as well. The plumbing worked, the Wi-Fi was fine, the area seemed clean. - NorthernIllinoisPlumber
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This was an experience. First I'll say the staff is a 12 on a 10 scale. Our situation required some patience and extra effort from them: they came through with flying colors. The park is as others have described a throw back to the 50's & 60's "at the lake camping experience."
The park is mostly permanent residents (at least seasonal) in modular trailers. Each site personally decorated/landscaped by the owner. And awards are given with a proudly displayed wood carved plaque "Super Site 1999" etc. Thus you have that area kept up nicely by both the maintenance crew and by the owners.
We were assigned a vacant seasonal spot as the standard RV sites were booked. Ultimately, due to narrow roads in the park at my site, coupled with our pulling a 33' Fifth-wheel with our crew cab, long bed, 4x4 one-ton truck (with a turning radius of a half-block!), they used a hitch equipped tractor to get my trailer into the space. Well done.
My only complaints of substance are first: that since this is a very heavily wooded (beautiful) park our satellite would not work, and they had no cable in our site. And there is WiFi only at the office area, not throughout the park. Odd.
Yes, we'd stay here again: but likely in a dedicated site for RV's. - TPDBOB8687
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is a fantastic park outside Chicago. Stayed here while visiting family. Yes the roads are narrow and sites can be difficult to maneuver, but it is 70+ years old. The setting is beautifully treed and the winding little roads gave it character. It actually reminded us of the 50's or early 60's...just made us smile as we walked around. Even though we were camping there over a busy weekend, we never felt that close to our neighbors, who were all very respectful and quiet. It is approx. 90% full-timers in (mostly) very cute park models. There are lots of things for kids to do including the lake and beach, miniature golf, the pool, basketball... The staff is fantastic. Our dog had developed hives from some type of allergy and they recommended an excellent (very reasonable) vet. Will be back, maybe next year. - SAU51
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This campground/resort is an unexpected surprise. It has a feeling of summertime in the 1950's and 60's. Most sites are shaded by lovely trees and very roomy. Actually the entire place is in one big grove of trees. There is a smaller lake to fish. The grounds are large but feel comfy. Home to seasonal manufactured trailers with a good size area for RV's. For the size of this place, it is very clean and well maintained. Clean pool, nice play areas, paved roads for bike riding. The staff is excellent. They are not on constant patrol like some campgrounds. The patrons are very respectful and it is really quiet here, day and night. We are here in September though. We will definitely be back. Have met some nice folks. - Billy2015
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Love the place, hate their parking policy.
Other than the parking issues, this is a lovely campground set off the beaten path. A great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. - DMAC57
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We have never had a bad experience at this campground. It's a well run State Park and the staff is always friendly. We camp here at least 3 times per season. There is so much to do... Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Biking and Walking Trails. Or just set up camp and relax! The sites are nicely sized and have a fire ring & picnic table. Give this place a try if you haven't been yet. - VJean
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Stayed during Labor Day, and park was almost filled to capacity. There was a 20 minute wait to check in. The hosts were friendly (probably the nicest hosts I've ever met). Long, winding road with a few tight corners and low branches that might make big rigs a little nervous. Even with it being VERY busy, the bathrooms were clean (but had a rest area feel) and the campground was clean as well. We backed in to one of the last spots they had available, and while it was a bit tight backing in, the useable area of the spot was wide, clean, and surrounded by trees & brush, almost to the point where you couldn't tell there were other campsites. Noise after quiet hours was acceptable, but there was music coming from a bar a few miles away, but it was tolerable. If you like trains, there was a far-off rumble (was nowhere near close to the camp, just that noise that lulls you to sleep). - Medford
Sep 2015 - $52.00
This park has the highest cost for what you get as any I have ever stayed at. There is no sewer or water. Electric site was 42$ plus a 10$ vehicle fee. Staff was OK and park is OK but way over priced. - bwl
Aug 2015 - $19.00
We had to pay an additional $30 for a Wisconsin park entry pass. We stayed in the Sunrise Campground on the east side of the park, in the 200 loop. We were impressed by the size, spacing, and privacy of the sites here, which is the main driver for our high (8) rating. Most sites have a thick stand of trees and shrubs between them for nearly complete privacy, yet have plenty of grassy area left over for camping. There were a couple areas along the road where scraping against low-hanging branches was unavoidable. We also had to back up our 37' motorhome all the way to the wood blocks at the end of our site in order to fit our car in front. We did spot a few sites that should support longer RVs. In almost all cases the camping area was behind the site rather than next to it---picture a lollipop where the stick is where you park your RV. Usually we don't prefer this arrangement, but it worked out well for us here. Our site #223 was close enough to one of the water spigots that we were able to refill our fresh tank halfway through our stay using three hoses (75'). The spigots inside the campground aren't threaded so a water bandit or other adapter is needed. The campground host (Randy) was very friendly and helpful. The showers were pretty old, run-down, full of bugs, and the water was lukewarm at best. After our first shower we decided to just take navy showers inside the RV for the rest of our stay. There are miles of trails in the park, though we ended up turning around early due to mosquitos during our attempt at walking the trail. AT&T and Verizon both worked well. We would stay here again. - LifeRebooted
May 2015 - $17.00
Bong has two campgrounds: Sunrise, which is relatively near the entrance on 142, and Sunset, which is all the way across the park on the western end. Only Sunrise has electric sites. We camped in Sunrise campground in site #224 two different weekends in May 2015.
The sites all have gravel pads upon which you must park. Each site also has a fire ring with a very nice grill grate and a picnic table. The sites have some small trees and shrubs between then but mostly Sunrise is open, grassy sites other than a small strip in sites 145-150. There is not much privacy when you are on your site. We had friends on adjacent sites 222 and 223. 223 has the least amount of privacy of the three. All 3 are maybe a three minute walk to the bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. The ladies restroom had a lot of vandalism in the stalls that the park had clearly tried to cover/remove several times. The restroom floors are terrazzo and were wet and slick both weekends we were there. Shower pressure was OK but not overwhelming. The water is warm but temperature is not adjustable.
We had to deal with rangers because my MIL has difficulty walking and uses a golf cart. We called in advance of going to the park and were told the cart was OK. Once we arrived, one ranger woke up my inlaws to tell them not to use it and then later told us his boss had said to wait for us to use it and issue $300 ticket. No where in its campground rules does it say golf carts are not allowed but don't bring one even if you are disabled. - We_love_truck_camping