8.6 Excellent
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Timber Lake Resort

Mount Carroll, Illinois


8216 Black Oak Rd
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
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Sites: 147
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.05238
Longitude: -89.93915

Elevation: 783' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • 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 yes
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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18 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

It is nice place when we arrived Thursday afternoon, but by Friday evening things changed. The music was too load on Saturday, could not sit out with other campers and talk in the afternoon or evening. Need to lower the volume and point the speaker into the patio, not out to the playground. Campers are willing walk through your site, appears to be no camping adequate at this location. We went to the play Friday evening, great play house and play. Came back to my coach on Friday night to have the back side unit using my space to a game of bags, right next to my fire pit and using my picnic table too. Then setup a work flood light on top of their unit to allow them to play into the night, at least they stopped at quiet hours. Came out in the morning to find empty cans on my picnic table. There was enough room on the back side of their unit to setup the game and not use my space. I would have come back to this camp ground until I saw the Saturday actives are out of hand and way to load. Way to may golf carts running around, could not walk more than 5 minute without having one run up behind us. With the load music could not even hear the golf cart or vehicle coming up behind you. If you like to party hard this is the camp for you, if you want to join the outdoors it is not a camp you would want to stay at. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tips for other Campers:

Attend the play at the playhouse just on the other side of the road, was about a 3/4 mile walk from camp.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $66.00
Overall Rating:

Timber Lake Resort is a very aesthetically pleasing campground with mature oak trees and other smaller trees. The grass areas are very well maintained. It is somewhat hilly and there interior roads are mostly gravel. Upon arrival we were escorted to our site and assisted with backing in. The sites are quite large, but rather irregular in shape. I saw two pull thru sites, but all the rest were back-in. The pads are concrete with a concrete patio on most sites, there are some that are just gravel. But the pads are short. I have a 35' motorhome which stretched from the back to the front of the pad. We did not bring our tow vehicle which was a good thing as there was nowhere to park it. They do not have cable TV and I could only get 4 channels on the antenna. Which, at $66 a night was disappointing. The wi-fi was adequate. The majority of the park are seasonal sites. We rented a golf cart and cruised around, and some to the seasonal sites have magnificent landscaping. The aim of this park is to entertain you. Saturday afternoon they had pool games for the kids. Each weekend has a theme and a band on Saturday night. The weekend we were there it was BBQ cookoff weekend and the band was outstanding. The park is in rural western Illinois and there is not much to do outside the park. But they keep you occupied so there is really no reason to leave. Our site was near the pool and other campers routinely cut through our site and the one next to us. They need to reinforce the courtesy policy of not cutting through other campsites. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
116
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here for quite a few years, loved the place, then they put in the bar. I would not recommend this as a family campground. Not pleased with the atmosphere that has been created, it went from to a family campground to a place to get drunk and drive your golf cart everywhere. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a long Fourth of July weekend, and were extremely pleased. We stayed at a premium site (full hook-ups) right across from the pool and bar. The pool was well-kept, and right next to the bar that had an XM radio station playing most of the day. The bathrooms were also quite clean, and there is a general store of sorts with arcade games, random items (shirts, snacks, camping supplies) and a concession stand of sorts. There were many activities available, some free. Great for kids. Getting to the spots can be tough. You have to follow an employee from the entrance, and be wary of the trees and a few narrow paths. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The owners have a list of standard activities that take place every weekend, like a pool party on Saturday, Karaoke, etc. Not much reason to leave the park at all. There is also fishing in the lake (permit not required), and you can rent golf carts for getting around the rather large park.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Talked with owner he bought in 2003 and has done wonders with the place. New updates every year. Everybody was extremely nice. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really neat resort with lots to do. It is well kept and managed. Pool is just the right size and very clean. The namesake lake seems to be underused, but it apparently has lots of fish and they have boats available. If you bring a kayak you may be the only one out there and it is basically 5 minutes from end to end, but there are other areas in this region to paddle if thats your thing. This resort is a true hybrid, and entertains adults as well as kids. Kids get a pool party and crafts on Saturday. For adults, there is a margarita bar with regular 'bags' tourneys, and on some Saturday nights, a live band playing until around 10 PM. A large proportion of the park is seasonal, but the daily area gets the prime spots near the pool, store, and shower-house. Its not the quietest campground, but is a good mix, and gets much quieter after the band shuts down. Ask about the weekend's agenda, or seek a site farther from the pool to get some distance from the band/stage. We were here on a rainy weekend and the band started about an hour late, so it ran until after 10:30, when the agenda said it would end at 9:30. Not a big deal, understandable I guess. Nearby is Timber Lake Playhouse, a summer stock professional theater that is surprisingly good for such a rural area. We saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. If you are here during the theater season, see what they are showing, they are really quite good. Timber Lake is a one of a kind resort with something for everyone, as long as you don't want to go to sleep too terribly early. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

Well we came back after a 6 year break. No real reason other than we go to other places. This was Memorial Day weekend 2014. We had a full hook up site which was large and hand plenty of shade. The hookups were in good shape and the water pressure was excellent! Back in 2007 I gave this campground a "10" butl I can`t do that this time. A few reasons: the pool was green on Friday afternoon, which kind of shocked me because the owner took pride in his pool area. By Saturday the pool was cleared up, but was freezing. It was not anywhere near ready for the opening weekend. Then there was the issue of dogs running around unleashed! The family next to us had 3 dogs all not leashed. The guy 3 sites over also had a dog not leashed, that one came down to our site and crapped by us. We complained to the campground owner, but they didn't seem to care as they never came over to say anything and the same thing happened the next day. Our friends were in the site next to us and even their neighbors had a dog that wasn't leashed and running around their site! I did not expect this at this, what I thought was, a well run campground! And finally, golf carts! Way to many for this smaller campground. There was no real reason to have them here. I`m not against golf carts, but the size of this campground does not necessitate a golf cart. Not sure I would recommend this campground at this time due to the issues we ran into. Hopefully he gets it straightened out. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed this cg. Upon check in we were escorted to our site. Nice view of the lake and the wonderful new cabins. We would love to even come back in the winter to stay in a cabin. The pool area was wonderful, although closed for the season already. We were there for the first flea market weekend...next year I will bring some items to sell. Not allot of weekenders since it is toward the end of the season. Everyone was super nice...will be back...hopefully early in the season. Recommend this cg. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great camping experience. The owner and his staff are friendly and visible throughout the campground. Weekend activities are tons fun but the campground gets quiet by quiet time. Organized activities include pot lucks, trivia, bingo, fireworks, and pool games for both kids and adults. There is also ping pong, basketball, shuffle board, paddle boats, etc; the panfish are always biting and sometimes a large bass or something. There is no swimming in the lake but the pool is very nice and open 10-10. Cabins are available too which are very nice, new, and overlook the water. Great place to bring the family. We have been here many times and will return again soon. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Very friendly campground host and owner, new owner who bought the campground in 2002. He has refurbished the campground and continues to update this campground as needed. The owner directed us to our site and then he helped us out with backing in and leveling our 5er. Being the weekend was so cold that we ran through one bottle of propane, The other was empty already, we had no heat on Saturday in the afternoon. We contact the owner who came and got both of our bottles to fill with propane.He filled them up for us an then installed them back into the unit. He only charged us $48 for the two 30 LB bottles to be filled+ tax. My DW and I would go back to this camp ground again. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Outstanding Campground. Very clean with great pool. Owner and staff very friendly and make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. Camped there twice in 2008 and was never disappointed. Grand kids loved it. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

It is a nice park, great pool area, with lots of activities. The owner really enjoys interacting with the guests and conducts many of the activities himself. Fishing is good (pan fish). It has a nice playground, horseshoes, shuffle board, and basketball. We stay in an RV but the cabins are really outstanding. We will definitely camp here again! We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice clean campground. Owner was very friendly and always helpful. Brandnew pool and bathhouses. We were here for Labor day weekend 07 and already have res. for Labor day 08! Great place! We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Hard to argue with any of the reviews already posted. This really is a nice camp/resort. I like the fact, that to the benefit of both, the "seasonals" are separate from the "dailies/weekenders". While a bit pricey, the cabins are the best I have seen. This year the owners are going to keep them open for the entire year. That might be interesting in the middle of January! The roads are a bit tight, but with caution there should not be any problems getting around. Large sites, remarkably clean restrooms and bathhouses. The pool was crystal clear. The office, attached deck, lake, just everything was perfect. I urge you to take a ride to the nearby towns of Savana and Galena to get a true feel for the beauty of the Northwestern part of Illinios. I am surprised every single time by the hills, views, colors in fall, farms, etc.. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

VERY nice. One of the best parks we have ever stayed at. The owners are so nice and friendly! A day after checking in they still remembered me by name and what site I was on. Nice lake, great pool, super kid friendly. Lots of pets. Everyone was warm and all had a good time. The road was a little tight, but the owner led us to our site and watched to make sure we stayed wide of the trees. When we got to the site he assisted with backing in and trimmed any branches that might have interfered with our slide. We would definitely go back to this park. Seasonal campers are in a different section of the park than overnighters. We camped at Timber Lake Resort in a Motorhome.

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