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8 RV Parks near Gurnee, Illinois
We did however find 8 campgrounds within 25 miles of Gurnee. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Gurnee in the left hand column.
Sites: 20 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 14 Reviews
Mar 2018 - $20.00
The campsite is in poor condition, restrooms are filthy, poor directions for shower and dump station, the only good thing is a concrete slab with power. I will not stay at this camp site again and I would not recommend it to anybody. A nice view of the Lake. - Aaron1968
Oct 2017 - $19.00
This is a lovely campground right on the shore of Lake Michigan but sorely neglected. Stuff posted on the bulletin board was over two years old. Website says they only have one 50-amp site; all 20 sites have 50 amp service. The place to get fresh water for your onboard tanks is a squeeze between a building and fence and overhead wires. The dump station also required some extra maneuvering to get into. The sites need are concrete but the road is gravel and there are water issues - there are several pallets around for campers to stand on when it rains and leaves big puddles. The hotel clerk where you check in was argumentative and gave very poor directions. On a positive note, the electric hookup worked fine and the wifi was good most of the time. MWR activities (ITT, movies, bowling, eateries, etc) are nice and close to the campground. Chicago was about a half hour away (an hour during rush hour). - Melodycthomas
Jul 2017 - $19.00
Now $19 per night. Military privileges required. Small campsites with no shade, but a GORGEOUS VIEW of Lake Michigan. The road through this campground is in DEPLORABLE condition. I KNOW it was in terrible shape over a year ago and it has only gotten worse. - KTown Santa
Sep 2018 - $26.00
Nice park. A balance between out of the way and close to town. My favorite part was listening to the waves on lake Michigan. The 300 row is closest to the lake and our A class let us see over the dunes to the lake. It was very full of Mosquitoes. We stayed in our rig as they came at us in swarms. Literally like the old "OFF" commercials they used to play. I was told by another camper that this was unusual, but it was our experience. Sites are only electric. Water and dump station at back of park. - WeGo2See
Jul 2018 - $30.00
Not impressed with stay here. Positives, level gravel site that is shaded with lots of space between sites. Negatives, bathrooms unkept with dead insects on walls and screens. 2 showers in women's bathroom. One appears to be handicapped or family. Someone was washing their dog in that one. Noted no signs prohibiting pets in bathrooms. The other shower is very small. Showers are push button with no options to regulate temperature. Beach area is not very big and is rocky. At 8pm there were announcements over loudspeaker for beach area to be vacated. Parking area unkept and looks like grass hasn't been cut all season. Abandoned concession stands kind of spooky. Paved walking trails. Would not go back. - CindyL
Jun 2017 - $25.00
Very beautiful spot. Spacious sites. Water access. Good walking and biking trail along Lake Michigan. Good mix of tents and rv sites. We were a bit disappointed by the dilapidated abandoned-looking state of the water access trail and ancient abandoned concession stands on the lake with gang griffiti painted over, but other than that, this was a great place. We would come again. Bathrooms old but clean and functioning. Campground has lots of trees -- good place to hang a hammock. No water hookup or sewer hookup, but both available on campground. - Paul and Jeannette
Oct 2017 - $42.00
Planned this trip to visit family in the area. A majority of sites are permanent. The so-called overnight sites are very close and unlevel. I attempted to sit under my awning and the smell coming from the neighbor's sewer hookup (5' away) drove me back inside. We'll be staying at the state park nearby in the future. - laughing.crone
Jul 2017 - $43.00
As others have mentioned, this has a very charming, mid century feel to it. The lake is a wonderful amenity. The staff was helpful and friendly. The majority of the campground is taken up with park models, seasonals and rentals. The overnight section is small. We have a 43 foot motorhome and jeep tow and found this place to be very challenging. To say it is big rig friendly is just not accurate. Low hanging branches at entrance had the tv antennae spinning and the vents and AC units scraping. The check in area across from the lake was very congested. Kids running everywhere and no great place to queue. Found out later that the campground beach and beach amenities are open to the public, for a fee, and not exclusive to the registered guests. After registering, you need to loop back to where you started to find your site. Tight, narrow roads. No good place to unhook your toad, or hook back up. Our back in site was just long enough for the rig, the toad went sideways in the street. The site was uphill, too steep to have the leveling jacks do any good. The right rear jack sunk eight inches into the gravel base. The water connection is located on the site behind you, which you share. No chance for satellite, not even using the portable. No cable. Over the air channels were 8 lousy stations and Fox, and with all of them the picture tiled badly. The only saving grace was the Internet, which was excellent. The charm wore off with a visit to the restroom. They are old, and not in a good way. Mosquito infested. Tried to take a shower but gave up after five bites. Ingress and egress off of busy Highway 12 is a challenge. - VegasVagabonds
Jul 2017 - $45.00
Exceptional well maintained park located near a large metro area. The park is clean, all utilities function well and there is a very large dog park. As mentioned in other reviews, there are many park model trailers but they are very well kept. With lots of features including an 80 acker lake, this is an ideal park to kick back or visit the Chicagoland area. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The restrooms and showers, although older style, are very clean. Stay here again? Yes, definitely! - OldeJohn
Aug 2018 - $50.00
They will nickle and dime you to death - $5 and $10 at a time. Their web site implies they charge extra for electricity for their monthly rate only, inferring that electric is included for nightly and weekly rates. They put us on a non-sewer site. Charged us sewer site rates with free weekly pump out. Then only pumped out about 1/2 or less of our gray water (verified by shower backing up after only 2 low water usage showers), and tried to charge us $15 pump out on top of it. This nonsense is on top of already high rates, which they get away with because they are the only game in town. As it is on a river it gets extra soggy when it rains. Don't forget mosquito repellent. Try another park. - Sabrown9001
Jun 2014 - $45.00
We paid $42/night, which was reflected in the weekly rate. The park is primarily occupied by seasonals who are here for the access to the Fox River Basin. There is a boat ramp for those with boats. We were in a 40' motor home that requires 13' overhead clearance. The staff had to hold up low slung wires and trim tree branches for us, which they did willingly. Mosquitoes were horrible and prevented us from being outdoors. The sewer system is gray water only and is marginal for that. Pumping service for black tanks is available one time per week. The site we had reserved and paid for in advance was given to a seasonal who arrived ahead of us. You may lose your site if they get a better deal. That being said, we had a long, solid gravel, level site that accommodated our rig, our towed vehicle, and our motorcycle. This park met our needs for a week visiting family in the area. - Biker2
Jul 2018 - $25.00
Rules, rules, rules with a side of rules. This park has more rules than any other we have stayed including Yellowstone. We arrived just after 10pm due to an issue with a flat tire. We had communicated along the way that we would be cutting it close due to the issue. This is the first rule we had to deal with (No arrivals past 10pm). We were greeted by a surly gentlemen who promptly informed me that my wife could go into the office to check us in but I needed to pull my 40ft 5th wheel back around because I was too far to the left. He said I needed to u-turn around the office, exit the park and come back in. Never mind the fact that there was a policeman doing paperwork in the right lane which I didn't want to box in. I refused to move and the man's wife eventually told me that I would be ok where I was. It took my wife 20 mins to check in largely due to the presentation of the rules of the park. There are some 24-27 rules that you need to acknowledge. Pulling in, the sites were tight and getting my rig in was a chore. The sites were not well taken care of either. The grass was long and the above ground fire pit was full of ash/burnt wood and trash. No water hookups and only 30 amp service. The park itself doesn't offer much in terms of activities and would be more aptly named chain-o-swamps as water access is minimal due to the marshy wetland area in which the park resides. Bring ample bug spray or you may need a transfusion when you get home. Pit toilets in the campground. Shower facilities were a hike. - Ben Keethler
Jul 2018 - $27.00
Stayed here while visiting Chicago. People in the check-in building were very friendly. Showers were clean, but the type of shower heads and water pressure was awful. They shower head was too high, so you barely got any water on you unless you are very tall. Also its the annoying push button type. The mosquitos were HORRIBLE!!!! We could not even sit outside. Each night before going to bed we had to kill mosquitos inside our camper. Approx. 10-20.I know the campground is surrounded by water, but surely they could could fog/spray throughout the campground occasionally. Also did not like the gritty stuff on the site.It rained while we were there and it was hard to keep from tracking it in the camper. We will not he returning here. - Gary Stanton
Jul 2018 - $25.00
There are not too many campgrounds available in the Chicago area. We tried Fish Lake once and it was terrible. This is our "go to" campground when we come to Chicago. Its clean and well maintained. Many hiking and biking trails are within the park. The signage on the trails needs to be replaced as the current ones are not readable. Lots of mosquitoes and deer flies. Bring bug repellent. Sites are large and relatively level. Sites are electric only. - Poe Dog
Nov 2017 - $25.00
This is a tiny gem in Chicagoland with a lot going for it. Only five RV sites, plus tent sites and cabins. We have only camped here in off season, $50/nite in the summer is not worth it to us when we only live 6 miles away. But they have a lot of activities in the summer, check the website and reserve early. The good: 1. It is in a forest preserve with an extensive network of hiking trails and a paved bike path. 2. The Metra station is less than 3 miles away, you can be in downtown Chicago in less than one hour. 3. Restaurants and shopping nearby at Deer Park Town Center. 4. Propane, ice, other supplies are also very close. The bad: They need to work on their logistics. Much of the information on the website is wrong, like hours and phone numbers. On some sites, the fire ring is too close to your trailer for a safe campfire. The electric hook up is on the wrong side of the pad (really). No water hook ups (oddly, they have sewer though) and no spigots. You will be hauling water, unless their hose will reach your site. They told when we reserved that we could have it (hose) for our stay but then someone pounded on our door at 9:00 at night and told us that was wrong. He did allow us to fill our fresh water tank before he took it though. This place is geared for giving an outdoors experience to locals. They have classes like Camping 101, they rent equipment like bicycles and snowshoes and even a complete tent set up with sleeping bags. If you are not local, the main reason for going there is to have a convenient way to visit Chicago. - janci
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
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