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Clinton Lake State Recreation Area

Dewitt, Illinois


7251 Ranger Rd
Dewitt, Illinois 61735
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 231
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.18364
Longitude: -88.74546

Elevation: 732' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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21 Reviews

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a few days in order to visit colleges in the area. Folks come here mostly to boat and jet-ski. We fished and my boys swam a bit but did find that the water was too warm to swim in especially since the temperatures were in the high 90s with massive humidity. As others have noted, the lake is used to cool the adjacent Exelon Power station. In the early AM they dump the cooling water into the lake and it's steaming hot when released (no swimming etc is allowed in this area obviously). Our site was quite large and backed up to the woods at the edge of the lake. Lots of tree frogs, birds and bunnies. From talking with other campers the ticks were out in force. None of us humans got any and I treat our dog regularly so he didn't have any that stuck but he did get a few bites. Also, poison ivy was everywhere (the entire back of our campsite) so we didn't venture too much into the wooded areas. Pretty quiet campground, filled up over the weekend but was really empty during the week. Beautiful night skies! The Milky Way and numerous planets were visible on the clear nights. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A site 22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. IGA in Clinton was doable for a small town grocery. Wood, snacks, food, ice cream, bait at Boondocks in the park near the boat launch. Nice folks there and food was decent.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This campground charges 150% of their normal fee for holiday weekends. That in and of it's self is pretty bad but other campgrounds do similar. This one tops it off by killing power on groups of sites thus limiting the site availability to those that need power. What's more is that inflated fee only gets you the site, if you want to swim on the beach with your family of 5 for the weekend, it will cost you another $10 per day. No, it's not included. For a state run park that our tax money pays for this seems ridiculous. It makes it look as though the park in only interested in money. With a failing power grid that's outdated and a pay to play mentality, we will not be back here. Very little tree cover and sites are nearly on top of each other. Mowing is done but they mow as little as possible leaving tall grass and pests within feet of the camper and the sites. Find a different park unless you like paying high KOA type fees and spacing with none of the benefits. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a bit off the beaten path but was worth the drive. There are standard "pit" type bathrooms close to the campsites that are the standard for Illinois, but the entrance to the loops had showers and standard toilets that were kept clean. Host was friendly and the place was quiet at night. Not a lot of foliage this early in the season, but our site had a nice view of the lake from the back of the campsite. Definitely going to stay here again. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park and convenient to I-74. Widely spaced sites, easy to maneuver and sufficient spots for bigger rigs. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a bit off the beaten path but worth it, particularly in the off season when you have the pick of many sites. After paying a camp host, we stayed overnight, and we can imagine this park is a popular place during the summer season. We hooked up to 30 amp in loop "I" where the sites are long and level. The lake is not far away and made for an interesting spring walk. We would stay here again. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
I 14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This was an overnight stop for us, so we didn't use anything at the park itself. There are 308 sites, 6 are 50 amp full hookup. Camp hosts were nice (this is their 6th year there). Water pressure was extremely low, but that could have been because we had to actually duct tape the handle to get it to work. Cheap for overnight, and very outdoorsy if you like that type of thing - saw bike and walking paths, a 'beach', marina. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E Loop 5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tried a local restaurant in the state park, at the marina (The Boondocks), because the locals raved about how good the burgers were....we weren't impressed, but the fries were good.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really big campground and, again, to be honest we didn't see much of it beyond the section we were in. There are a variety of sites, ranging from just a few 50 amp full hookup sites, to several 30 amp full hook up spots, to water/electric to electric only.

This facility borders Clinton Lake: a popular area boating and fishing spot. Nearby is a marina and beach. None of the sites in our area, though, bordered the lake. This place is far enough off the beaten track that travelers don't often find it. The locals, though, fill it up on summer weekends, often in family groups who know just what spots are their favorites. The roads are good and the sites are level and spacious.

I was under the impression that the electric is an issue. Our power pedestal began acting up and getting hot. One of the campground employees cheerfully changed out the plug and breaker and we were back in business. I had the feeling that it was a common occurrence. There are a couple of issues you might want to know about. First, the few shower houses with modern facilities are in need of more "TLC." Also, there are several stinky pit toilets supposedly available closer to the campsites. I can't imagine anyone using them. Second, my Verizon signal was fair to poor, depending on time of day. Using the signal booster I managed to do most of what I wanted but at times it slowed to a crawl. All in all, our experience at this campground was a positive one and we will likely return. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Loop F site 17 rented for the week. Stayed 2 nights. 1 shower works out of 4, with one set temperature, shower house was very dirty. Restroom was a filthy outhouse. We will never stay there again or recommend ever. We wasted 280.00 and left early. You think that a state recreation park that charges that much for a site, that they would at least have a clean restroom, and shower house with more than one working shower. They lied to us and told us we could keep our boat in the water, and after arriving and getting robbed for a week of fishing at 31.50 we were told in person that all boats not in rented slips must be pulled out every night. Beware of the false reviews that rate this place above average. Very disappointed on my annual family vacation. Illinois didn't impress my family enough ever to return. What a dump. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
F
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

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! We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is an OK IGA grocery in Clinton, about 8 miles from the campground. Boating on the lake is popular. There is a marina that rents pontoon boats. We had planned on doing this but did not because of inclement weather during our visit.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

I used to camp here with my family when I was younger and had a blast. Now its 20 years later and I took my family there last weekend and had a blast. Sites were not packed together but were slightly uneven. The bathhouse was clean. The park was well kept. We will be stopping here many times. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Nice State Park Campground. Back in sites at an angle, easy to back in. Water not marked on maps, but plentiful throughout the campground. Memorial Day was VERY full and busy, but no one after or before holiday, almost empty. Good power, nice shady area. Some older areas were gravel, some had concrete pads. We will camp here again. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great Park for kids. They have several nice playgrounds and good roads for biking. The campsites are well spaced out and fire pits are always clean. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We picked this campground due to the proximity of a family reunion we attended in the area. We made the reservation at reserve America, the map that we printed from their site took us to a day use area north of Weldon, Illinois. After asking around and about a half hour we finally found the campground just south of Dewitt. Its a big place, very nice. We did have trouble finding a water faucet, there wasn't one at all in our loop, but we eventually found one. The hosts are hard to find as well as the rangers. There was a vault toilet in our loop and a shower house with real toilets not to far away that looked pretty clean, but didn't smell clean if you know what I mean. We'll probably come again next year. We camped at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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