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Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $17.00
We love this campground for two reasons. Close to home so that I can commute to work and the river sites with their view of the river and barges. Nothing can beat the sun coming up over the river with a barge in site. The river sites are in the Great Falls area sites 1-20. We give the park a review of 8 because of the quality of water (we bring our water from home) and the fact that only 20 of the sites are on the river. If I was coming to the area to visit Starved Rock State Park, I would choose this campground and use it as my home base. There are a number of restaurants in the town of Marseilles a short drive away. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $20.00
We spent a lot of our early camping days at this park and have always loved it. Watching the barges and activity on the river is always fun. The sites are big with plenty of room between sites, and there are plenty of huge old trees to provide shade. Also, relatively easy off/on to I80 even though its a mile or two away from the interstate. Now the bad news. The park seemed to be much more run down than we remembered. The bathrooms/showers were awful - dirty and smelled like egg water. When I checked the showers, the egg water smell got worse, so I'm sure the smell comes from the water dripping from the showers. Showers also on a push button system. I pushed the button and - I timed it - 9 seconds later the water went off! Can you imagine taking a shower where every 9 seconds you have to push a button? The 30 amp power was also geeky. Twice our power went out for no apparent reason. Came right back on, but still. We now have a 45' motorhome and we encountered a few low hanging branches - nothing major though - and some turns were tighter than we normally like, but we were able to get in and out of our site and the campground with only a little bit of extra maneuvering. I sure hope Illinois comes up with some money to update this campground because despite the negatives, we still like this place! We camped at Illini State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
What a great park with many sites right on the river where you can watch the barges go by day and night, along with other boat activity. This would be a 10 if they had water hook ups at the sites. Site was easy to back into and easy to level our travel trailer. Some sites are close together, but most are a nice size, and there is plenty of grass area between the back of the sites and the water. We will definitely camp here again. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $30.00
Great Campground for a state park. Lots of hiking. We have spent many a family weekend hiking, biking and fishing at this park. The views are amazing!!! We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $20.00
This is a state park. The grounds are well cared for but recently they have had problems with the plumbing. We understood that the re-opened park has a temporarily sewerage solution so it might fail again. The sites on the Illinois River are really great: most are quite large. There are lots of trees but, if you are careful, you can still get satellite access. There is only electric for hook-ups. There are water spigots that can be used communally, if you’re close enough or have enough hose. We weren’t, but it was not a problem. The showers and restrooms were acceptable for daytime use. The lights are on a very short-cycled timer, which was a bit disconcerting, after dark. It can get a bit busy on week-ends. They were kept clean. There is also playground equipment and a snack bar with ice cream! We camped at Illini State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $30.00
Nice looking from the initial drive in. The lady at the front desk was nice too, though we told her we were pretty new at the backing in, seeing that this was only our 2nd voyage. She gave us a pick of 2 sites since I guess people do not do much fall camping. The problem was the sites were so unlevel and I'm not sure why she didn't put us closer to the park seeing that we had 4 kids with us. After propping the one side up on blocks, we did the best we could and still ending up unlevel. The sewer looked to be recently installed and didn't have a screw top so the sewer line just sat there. Found out the last day that it was clogged so we ended up dumping all our waste from 4 kids and 2 adults onto the clay. My husband said the bathrooms were clean but had no towels or blow dryers of any kind in the men's restroom to dry hands. The kids' park was awesome, the kids loved it. The people seemed nice, waving HI each time they'd pass. Not sure if there is a pool because it was too cold to swim. In all, a nice place. If they could fix their unlevelness and sewer, it would be even better. We'll most likely come here again because it's near Starved Rock were we like to go hiking. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
The campground hosts were very friendly, polite and professional. Large shady or sunny sites depending on your preference, also sites available on the river. There are a number of stray cats in the park, some are sweet and some just avoid you. The facilities were clean and functional, however they could use updating. There is a strong sulfur smell in all the water, If you put it in your camper the water in your camper will smell. I used their water to rinse out my water bottle before filling it with spring water, the sulfur smell made the water undrinkable. We may stay here again, however, we would bring water with us. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
This is a wonderful place to camp! Family friendly, quiet, clean and an overall pleasant stay. We will be coming back again. I cannot say enough of how well maintained, and clean this campground is! We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $15.00
This campground provide the quintessential camping experience. Large heavily wood sites with minimal facilities. It also provides a good experience for those of us with large RVs. Easy access back in sites that are large enough for the biggest rigs. Many sites have satellite TV access along with a river view. The reservation system, however, is a bit confusing. Only even numbered sites can be reserved, but nearly all of the best riverfront sites are even numbers thus without a reservation, no riverfront site. There is also a second campground with no views but electric sites and mixed trees and sun with big rig access. Sites are fairly level with gravel pad, fire ring, and table. We camped at Illini State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $17.00
Overall a good campground, but water has a bad sulfur smell and had problems with the breaker on the power pole. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $22.00
Very nice, clean state park. Peaceful and quiet. Loved watching the barges on the river. Park hosts were friendly and watchful of the surroundings. Bring your own water though...it tastes/smells HORRIBLE here. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $22.00
Liked seeing the barges but bring your own water can't drink theirs. We camped at Illini State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $15.00
We camped for 14 days in the electric area to the East of the bridge on site 25 for one day moving to site 27 for the remainder. Some of the sites are VERY close to each other and all the electrical is old. The 30A breaker at site 25 could not carry our loads while the one at site 27 could. We agreed with the rules for the campground but, they are not enforced. Multiple boats/cars on a site is common - especially on the weekend. Likewise, multiple families on a site with vehicles parked on multiple sites. The water has a rotten egg smell likely caused by sulfur. If you stay long enough to require a refill of your fresh tank, be sure to use an odor and sediment filter before it goes in. The shade is very nice. Trees everywhere. The river view is beautiful with lots of boaters, jet skis, barges, and wildlife. The sites are relatively level but, with rain they do tend to pond a bit. We were under a flood watch, but the river was never a problem. I would stay here again, but only during the week to avoid the crowds. It's much quieter during the week. We camped at Illini State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $7.00
It was great. I would go back there. We camped at Illini State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $15.00
All even number sites are reservable in the front part of park. Back of park is first come first serve. Sites are good size and will fit larger RVs. There need to be some upgrades done in this park. When it rains sites become water logged because of lack of gravel. Restroom were still closed when we visited. You can get a nice view of the river to watch boats and barges go by. Would return again. We camped at Illini State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
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