7 Parks near Bloomington, Illinois
We did however find 7 campgrounds within 25 miles of Bloomington. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Bloomington in the left hand column.
Oct 2016 - $33.00
Near Bloomington, Illinois right off of I-74. Very nicely maintained and landscaped campground with many long, level pull through sites. FHU with 50 amp. We were at the edge of the park and were still able to get a good signal on their wi-fi. Lady in office was very nice. Nice looking pool which was closed at this time of year. Only drawback was interstate noise which was pretty loud even with the windows closed. We were able to get good satellite reception at our site. Some sites have trees, but there are plenty wide open for satellite. - krb
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Stayed while visiting a child attending ISU. Nearest campground to Normal. 15 minute drive into town. Keep that in mind because there is nothing else around. Conveniently located off interstate 74. Significant downside is the interstate noise. It is loud.
Campground overall was very well maintained. Grass and shrubbery all neatly cut. Sites were gravel and all were level. Facilities were very clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly. There is not much to do at the campground in terms of activities or playgrounds. There is a pool that appeared well kept and clean. WiFi was actually half way decent.
Only other complaint besides the interstate noise I had was the extra charge for kids. I had 4 kids with me and they charged extra for 2 of them. Not a big deal if there were things to do for them, but the only thing they had was a swingset and open field. Why the extra cost? Not a real destination campground, but I would stay again because it is near Illinois State and it is clean and a well cared for campground. I would also stay if passing through the area. - mm1407
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Great people. Good hook up access. High noise level but OK in hard sided camper. Nice dog walk. Very well kept grounds. Plan on bottled water as theirs is cloudy. We will return as an overnight stay headed west. - User1308
Oct 2015 - $25.00
Just needed a campsite for one night so this was a pretty good choice for our 40' fifth wheel. Site was a long pull thru that was fairly level. Easy access to I-39 and not much noise from the highway. Electric was 50 amp, no water at the campsites but there was a spigot nearby. Very pretty campground with some fall colors. - Patricia Sterkowitz
Jun 2015 - $22.00
Overall, we were happy with our experience at Comlara Park. The roads at the back part of the campground were a bit rough, with some fairly deep pot-holes. The bathrooms left a lot to be desired. They are basically just vault toilets, which is fine, but they could have been cleaner.
The staff at the visitor center, and the check-in booth were very helpful and quite friendly. They offer small boat rentals at the launch area. The young man working the rentals managed to keep everyone happy, even though he was by himself and quite busy.
There are lots of fishing opportunities, and the park offers quite a few programs for the young ones. There are lots of kids in the park, so be careful driving through. We had several young children dart out in front of our vehicle. No fault of the park, just a word of caution.
The visitor's center has ice, firewood, and live bait for sale at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, with all the rain lately, the firewood was damp and very difficult to light.
We would definitely stay here again, but will choose a site at the lower campground area as there is more shade available, and more suitable for a smaller travel trailer. Make sure to apply bug spray, and sunscreen. If you're not used to Illinois summers, the mosquitoes might catch you by surprise. Also, drink a lot of water. Even though it may only be 80 degrees, you can quickly become dehydrated when there 70%+ humidity. - subzeroLV
Aug 2010 - $22.00
Young man in office was very pleasant but not too helpful, didn’t even give map of park with directions to site. Slightly expensive for electric only. Seems to be a local's weekend place and probably gets very busy. We arrived 2pm Sunday afternoon, the dumpster was overflowing and there were still quite a few noisy children/teenagers hanging about. Many people left around 5pm (check out is 3pm and is not enforced). The only security we saw was the young man from the office drove through once about 6pm. Water faucets sporadically placed around park, you fill your tank and unhook hose so others can use. No sewer hookups, a dump station is available by boat launch away from campground. Vault toilets which looked newer but dirty and filled with bugs/spiders/cobwebs and one central bathhouse for entire park. Nice lake views, grass/gravel sites, mostly level, extremely long pull throughs which were not level. Nothing to do here but an okay overnight mid-week stop. - paularonson
Jun 2015 - $20.00
We stayed here in the middle of a very rainy period. The site we had was high and dry but many were lower and quite swampy. The drainage in the park needs work.
The roads through the park are nicely paved and the lake is very nice.
It was a nice place to stay but I don't think that we would go there again. - Charlie K
Sep 2014 - $20.00
A nice well kept state park on a lake. Sites are gravel and mostly level. The map on line shows no pull through sites, but when we arrived we were directed to site F1 which is a pull through. Only 30 amp electric at the site. Had to fill up with water at one of the faucets scattered throughout the park. Campground hosts were friendly and very helpful. They told us the water was OK to drink, but had a bad taste due to iron. No problem, we drink bottled water. We would stay here again. - Tetrode
Jul 2014 - $20.00
Nice older state park. Not the most big rig friendly but a few of the sites handle one OK. There are only about 6 sites that have 50amp service, the rest are 20 or 30amp. The restrooms and the showers were NOT clean, a pressure washer would work wonders. The spaces are not terribly level, they're gravel with grass growing in them. Lots of big trees with lots of shade. We stayed here while visiting friends in the area. - AstroDave
Aug 2016 - $47.00
The entrance to Timberline RV Park has low hanging tree limbs that drug along the top of our motorhome. Upon arriving at our designated camping site, we found a large tree limb extending half way across our site. I made three attempts to swing wide to avoid the branch and finally gave up, calling the office to get another site. The second site was OK, supposedly a pull through, but the exit side had a downward grade requiring that we back out on the day of our departure.
We plugged our 50-amp power cord into the pedestal, turned on the AC and left for lunch. Upon our return, we found the power was off and the coach was hot. I called the office and they promptly arrived and changed the breaker in the very old pedestal electrical box. That fixed the problem. The sites are fairly close together and there is a fire pit between each site. If you don't like fire smoke, this is not the place for you, because there are many fires at night: and this is in the heat of August.
In summary, this campground is past its prime. In its day, it was likely a very nice campground associated with the Yogi Bear franchise. Evidently, Yogi left and today it is in a state of disrepair. Hint: Trim the trees. Many of the sites are not level. Some sites have gravel, others are grass. Lastly, it appeared to be a good place for kids with swimming pool, bounce pad and pedal cars. - LK23
Jun 2016 - $38.00
As others have noted, this is no longer "Yogi Bear's" but Timberline Campground. We stopped here for an overnight and were very happy. There was a lot going on at the campground. It's huge, it was busy the Saturday we were there, and there looks to be a ton of stuff for kids to do. However, the owner has expanded and has an entire new section that is back away from the front of the campground where the pool, playground, activities, campstore, and (that night) the DJ was located and as requested we were given a "quiet" site in the new area. This East section has large gravel back in sites and huge open lawn areas and was much quieter than the front of the campground. Full hook-up, which is nice, but we noticed several of the sewer openings did not have caps - were just open to the air (yuck). Also rather weird - they sold us some firewood up at the store, but when we pulled into the site we noticed none of the sites in this new area had fire rings/pits. The new section does not have any trees for shade so we baked a bit, but our site was large and quiet and we would definitely stop here again. - R.T.
May 2016 - $34.00
Large Park...now Timberline Campground. Many FT campers. Large site for pull thru. Rainy while we were here, but drainage was good. Lots of grassy places to walk dogs. No Good Sam discount now, so they gave us military....even though we aren't. No WiFi or cable TV, but good satellite reception. Pool just opened, lots of play areas for kids. Off the freeway, but no noise. Small pond for fishing. - Jodie S
Aug 2016 - $37.00
The staff people are very helpful and friendly. They escorted us to our site. The roads are a little narrow but manageable as long as the trees are kept trimmed. However the interior road are very dusty even when driving at a crawl. The park is about 90 percent full timers. It seems they all have golf carts and drive around the park all the time kicking up dust even as slow as they go (less than 5 mi per hr) The sites our not level. There are plenty of shade trees and still able to get roof mounted satellite to function. I would have rated the park higher except for the dirty interior roads. Even with the park cons as stated above, I would stay again. - Roy Fleming
Aug 2015 - $30.00
The desk host was friendly and very helpful. We wanted a pull through as we're on the way home and only stayed one night, but didn't need 50A electric. They let us pull through a 30A site to get an electric/water site and saved us $6. Lots of trees so satellite won't work in many sites. We had a picnic table. The WiFi was weak so we used our smartphone hotspot instead, but Verizon cell phone service was good. - Ned
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Just one night stay passing through. Had read the other reviews and thought the gunfire would not be an issue as my husband is a competitive shooter, but it did if the AC was not running. Fortunately it rained and shut them down. I agree with all the good things the other reviews say. We actually enjoyed walking around the permanent sites and seeing their creativity in adding screened porches, roofs, decks, and rooms to their campers. - winde
May 2014 - $30.00
This is a nice campground. Pros: The grounds are well kept, there are two stocked ponds for fishing, hosts are friendly, bathrooms were very clean. There are many activities scheduled, such as bingo, fish feeding, and a country Opry show. This campground has two playground areas. One is average and the other one is fantastic! The entrance to the playground is a giant slide called 'Big Red.' The playground at the bottom of the slide is very nice. The campground was generally quiet during the day, and just about silent during quiet hours (10 p.m. - 8 a.m.) Cons: The area of the campground we were in had very, very, very small sites. There are really no attractions nearby. It was fine for a weekend, but any longer of a stay and we would have been bored. All in all, we were very pleased and plan on returning. - rollinrollinrollin
Aug 2013 - $32.00
This is a nice campground located about 25 miles from Peoria. It's an older facility, but well-maintained. Sites are level and roomy. There are quite a few seasonal campers here, but during our midweek stay we didn't see many people. The bathhouses are rustic and reasonably clean (not spotless). Off air TV reception is good and my Verizon 4G worked okay for a web connection. This property runs public country music shows every Saturday night during the summer, and since we're here at midweek I don't know what impact that has on the ambience of the park. - DrLewie
Jun 2010 - $30.00
We arrived at the CG on June 1. We had called a month in advance and ask if they could accommodate a 35' Motorhome pulling a trailer and they said they could. As soon as we arrived, the elderly lady at registration was rude and wanted to know if we had a reservation. I told her I did and that I had called a month ago. The lady told me, "Well, I don't think I can fit that big rig in the sites we have." I told her she had originally told me she could, all she could say was, "I don't think so but you can look." As she showed my husband the site she said she didn't think we could stay any longer than 3 nights even if we wanted to. The whole process was terrible and the staff was rude. - tow
Aug 2016 - $25.00
The park was clean and quiet. It seems most of the campsites are set up in a circular arrangement- almost like a cul-de-sac- but the sites are very spacious. Although the camping sites were well manicured- it goes right up to thick brushy, grassy undergrowth, very popular with rabbits! There is no view of the water from the camping sites that I could figure, so to see the water, one must go to the beach or the marina. We only stayed one night, so our visit was limited, but I would go back...especially if I had a boat! - Doxie Mom
Jun 2016 - $20.00
The rate is for an electric-only site. This Illinois State Recreation Area gets primarily local visitors, as it is not close enough to a major byway to make it convenient for most people traveling through. (We are an exception and are willing to go significantly out of the way to stay at state park campgrounds.) You see lots of friends and family groups staying near each other. During our weekend stay, we arrived without reservations, and it was not a problem as the campground was only about half full. When you arrive, you must first check-in with one of the two campground hosts. He gave us a map and let us choose our own site, then go back and pay. There are some full-hookup sites but they were all taken, so we chose a site with 30 amp electric only. There are some sites with 50 amp hookup available. The best place to fill with fresh water is at one of the two dump stations. Also, note that loops H, I, J, and K are designated as no-alcohol loops. Most sites seem to be fairly level, most with gravel, but some with concrete pads. Some sites are shady and some in the open. We chose a shady site. We did get satellite by using our portable dish. The park is well groomed and clean. We had weak, but usable, Verizon voice and data. The only negative that we had was a large family/friends group camped nearby that talked until two in the morning. We would stay here again if passing through, but would not go out of our way to visit again. - TheJim
Jul 2013 - $25.00
Very nice spacious lots. Plenty of room between units. Lot was not completely level but was easy to level camper. Lots of shade trees. All utilities worked great (water, sewer, electric). Utilized hiking trails and beach. Did not have boat for lake but lots of other people did. It was a great time and already have reservations to return. - CyberRanger