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Rockford, Illinois

Blackhawk Valley Campground

Rockford, Illinois



Rockford, Illinois
Phone: (815) 874-9767

Sites: 150
Recent Rate: $35 5/2016

Latitude: 42.1841425
Longitude: -89.0463441

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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26 Reviews

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KSAM14

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely beautiful campground for all RV's! We arrived early- 10 am- office did not open til 10:30. They had open sites posted for after hours , so we thought we would take one of those, but a nice gentleman mowing the lawns saw us and came to check us in. Very accomodating. Sites were spacious, level and pull through. Lots of seasonal campers here with sites along the river. What impressed us the most was the way ALL of the seasonals kept their sites well groomed, clean and homey looking. The grounds are beautiful and it has a beautiful big playground area. We were only here as a stopover for one night, but would definitely come back if we were in the area again. Really nice campground. We did not use any laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, or rest rooms. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

We Golfed at Sandy Hollow Golf Club. A tough par 71! Municipal course, but one of the best groomed courses we have been on recently. Greens were meticulous! We ate at John's Italian Restaurant. Excellent! We highly recommend it!

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Tallboy

Review Count: 163
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $31.00
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Price reflexes eight day/night stay on a 50 amp full hook up angled back in site with grass between the site and a concrete patio. Other sites are straight back in and straight pull-thrus. The pull thrus are interesting as one side the RV door will face each other and others are back to back. Lots of sites share the water hook up. Could be why the water pressure was so low. Sites are on gravel/grass. Lots of trees. Some need trimmed back. Wi-fi hot spot in the office, but we were able to get it at our trailer with our Alfa Network Antenna, most of the time. Slower to limited connection after 4 pm and on the weekend. Was able to get some some cell phone service with Verizon, but not all the time. Have to go to the top of the hill by the storage lot to get better reception. Received eight TV stations on the antenna. Allows campfires. Easy in & out with a HDT & trailer (60 ft. combo)

Some of the rules. No use of washers in RV and if using second A/C there will be a charge. Visitors, there will be a charge. No power bikes or motorcycles can go past the office. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Showers

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Ntrainman

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
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The park itself was very nice: nice, well kept, neat. However, they need to get with the program and put WIFI at each site rather just at the office. Also they need to get cable TV. 2 nites would be my max at this park. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Money2Burn

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $14.00
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Wonderful place to stay, very large sites with fire rings and picnic tables, we used Passport America for the low rate of $14. Did not use any restrooms. I Believe they are closing for the season in mid October. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Oriana

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $35.00
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The entry to the campground is down a very steep hill, with a couple of bends and trees both sides. Check-in was quick and staff pleasant. Roads are gravel and generally in good condition, although not overly big rig friendly. We were in a full hookup, 50 amp pull-through. The sites alternate front to back, so 2 adjacent RVs are door side facing each other - different. Services are good. No Wi-Fi and only had 1 bar on a 3G Verizon signal, so Internet access was non-existent. It's OK for a 1 or 2 night stopover, but no longer. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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ShoreXplorers

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $32.00
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This is a beautiful, spacious campground. The trees are trimmed high, so the sites are shaded and you don't have to worry about the branches hitting your roof stuff. The campsites are large and many are along a river. About 2/3 of the campsites are for seasonal people. There are some sites for short-termers along the river. There is a huge central area with many games and open fields. The grounds and campsites are beautifully maintained and scrupulously clean. We arrived after hours and our paperwork was left out for us. An employee stopped by as we were getting it, and made us feel welcome. The dump area is well designed and easy to use (I never, ever comment about the dump, but this was a good one.) The campground is about 5 miles off the highway and was a serene stop over for us on a very long drive. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Oregon91

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
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Nice, spacious place. Could use updated/expanded shower restrooms. Site is on river, but most of riverside sites seem to be taken by long termers. Don't get charged for visitors. Plenty of room to relax. A bit off main thoroughfares, but we planned on staying a few days. We weren't disappointed. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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lburas

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $15.00
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Rate reflects Passport America rate. Campground is down in a valley so there was no wi-fi or cell phone service. No full hookup sites available for us as most of the sites are seasonal sites. Mosquitoes were very bad at dusk. OK for a one night stopover. I would look for another campground if longer than one night. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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OliveOil

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $30.00
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Agree with the nice things other reviewers have said, but 30 bucks for a no-sewer space? It's not that nice. Unless you're getting the Passport rate, look elsewhere. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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User2396

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $17.00
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Rate reflects Passport America discount. Very nice park with a lot of distance between sites. Many are seasonal campers but are nicely landscaped and maintained. Park is also well maintained. Hookups excellent. Park is located on a nice river; large common area; great play area for kids; no pool; lots of trees but easy to drive through. The restrooms are very clean, but the paint does show some age and need of fresh paint. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Yeager

Review Count: 129
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $22.00
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This is a good park for Passport price. The Passport connection is not advertised and was only by a casual comment that I was to get the discount. I am still waiting for the credit. The campground is split into three sections, monthly and creek side which have sewer available, and the rest which is a big treeless field on a lower level. Since we were staying several days and wanted sewer, we were assigned to a fairly narrow site with the monthly renters. Was like being in the middle of park models. I checked out the laundry and decided to wait a few days. There is also the issue of the steep entrance. I would like to try another park if I were to return to Rockford. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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TheDoghouse

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $29.00
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We came here for the 4th of July weekend with a group of 8 other travel trailers. The road down to the office is very steep. Sites are grass, but mostly even. More seasonal sites than weekenders. There was no sewer hook-up & 4 days cut it close for capacity. Our sites backed up to the Kishwaukee River, which was not buggy. You can rent a tube at the office for $20 ($15 deposit returned), drive up river & enjoy a 3 hour meander back to the campground. Canoeing nearby also. Bathrooms were clean, but very old & need updating. The showerhouse by office was not as moldy smelling as the ones in the middle of the grounds. Fans need to be installed. Wi-Fi was not working or very weak where we were. Only USCellular & Nextel phone service, everyone else had to drive up the hill to get service. Office personnel were polite & interacted with guests. Dump station was easy to get to. We'd come back. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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lyndx

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $29.00
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We spent a night at this large campground which has many seasonal and monthly sites in addition to about 40 transient sites. There are two very large open areas with pavilions, a tent area, playground, mini-golf, shuffleboard and other activities. WI-FI is free, but some of the sites are too far to get a useable signal. The Kishwaukee River runs behind the grounds and some sites back up onto the river. Showers were well located, clean and hot. The campground was clean and quiet. Blackhawk Valley is a little off the beaten path but easily located with GPS. Nice place to stay! We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Steve Ham

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $33.00
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We had a great time in this campground. We had a sewer connection even though it is supposed to be just for seasonals, which were all around us. Nice people in the office and in the campground. Very clean and well organized. Nice relaxing, quiet place for a restful stop. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

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Andy Asberry

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $31.00
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I started to not rate this campground but there are travelers like me who might appreciate a heads-up. It is basically for permanent seasonal users. Decks, fences and vegetable gardens take them out of the camper category. They can mow the grass and clear the brush but this is still a river bottom with humidity and mosquitoes. There is no satellite (trees) and no phone signal. A boring stay indoors. I gave it a neutral rating because of the hosts' attitude. They think if you have a router signal, you are connected to the internet. The largest font size on their website is WiFi. No internet on Monday. Host said it would be up shortly. Not to be. Monday, a week later, still no internet. Call it free if you want but if it is included, I'm paying for it. That is like saying "sorry, we are out of water." Maybe this is a wilderness experience for some but I can think of a lot places that are not shared by 1000 others. Again, some may like it but I won't be back. We camped at Blackhawk Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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