9 Parks near Mackinaw, Illinois
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 - $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
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 2008 - $1.00
This is a Casino that allows you to park overnight and they have a few spaces for rigs and trucks. We asked to stay there because the other campgrounds has been flooded out and were too muddy to enter. Worked for us in a pinch and we did ask permission. - imperial
Jul 2016 - $27.00
Convenient to Peoria, easy to find and access, this park is largely long term or seasonal residents who have boats in the marina. Check in was quick and we were led to our site. Interior roads and sites are paved, and although a bit tight due to large trees and fairly close sites, our 40' motor home was easy to park. No WiFi but good Verizon cell/data, no cable but a fair number of OTA channels. Satellite TV may or may not be usable due to the many trees. Far enough from the highway and river to be quiet, but close to shopping, dining, and a casino. A good value in an area without many options. - Meanderman
Jun 2016 - $20.00
Very good place to stay when visiting the area. I enjoyed my stay there.
I used the washer and drier which were convenient. - mrracechaser
Nov 2014 - $13.00
We were pleasantly surprised with this park. It is simple...not much for frills. But, it got the job done. We had full hook-ups and there was someone at the front office everyday. This is a city ran park so there is also the benefit of roaming police. The officer normally on duty was very friendly and made it a point to wave at us whenever he drove by. This park is in no means a destination park, that is to say there isn't much family fun going on, but at least it is clean and organized and my family and I felt very safe there. We were local for business purposes and if we ever need to return to Peoria we will seek this park out! - EasyE RV
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
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
Sep 2016 - $15.00
Arrived and had to call to have someone come down to check me in. Roads to sites are dirt with dirt/gravel sites. Most sites are not level and need serious blocking to get level. I went the whole park and could not find any type of trash receptacle. The WiFi is not usable and I would never drink the water. I would call this park worth the passport america price but would never pay full price. - easlingn
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Very shady campground on the Illinois River. Lots of standing water because of all the rain, so there were lots of mosquitoes. There are no facilities (no office, no store, no laundry); however, the owner met us and led us to a level drive-through site (sites are not numbered). He was very friendly. There is only 50-amp service and the owner will let you borrow an adapter for free or you can buy one from him for $15. This is NOT kid friendly - there is no playground, no pool, nowhere for kids to play. The 'fishing pond' was not maintained and there was no good place to sit or stand to actually go fishing on the fishing pond. Other fishing was in a backwater area of the Illinois river. There was supposed to be WiFI; however, I could never get service. TV reception was good. - muszynca
Sep 2016 - $18.00
Stayed in a 43ft 5th wheel. Access was good with plenty of clearance. Grounds were well kept and the view beautiful. Access to the river required crossing a slough. - BobsFixIt
Jul 2011 - $30.00
Spent 2 months here. Monthly rate is $450. Close to grocery store, many restaurants and other services. There are no bathrooms or showers. On a busy road, so it can be noisy. No hiking, but Detweiller Park and Forest Park Nature Center are close by and have good hiking. Managers are very nice and helpful. No wireless, but if you go up to the nearby strip mall there are some free ones. - klh0922
Sep 2009 - $25.00
We found this park on Google. It was perfect for us. It's not fancy and parking the rig took some doing but the manager was most helpful. And once we got parked, we had lots of room on either side. It's part of a mobile home park and very quiet. We met a few very friendly permanent residents who are looking forward to our return. We will be back next spring as we have family here. So we weren't looking for a park that offered any more than a place to park. But it's right on Knoxville Ave so it's easy to get all over Peoria. There are also a number of fast food restaurants and an Italian restaurant within walking distance. Ditto a great hair-dresser. All in all, a great find and highly recommended. - mellowmutts