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12 RV Parks near Sandoval, Illinois
We did however find 12 campgrounds within 25 miles of Sandoval. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Sandoval in the left hand column.
Aug 2018 - $8.00
There are no major downsides to this campground... some things are beyond the campground's control and are mentioned in other reviews: -- lots of gnats. -- long narrow roads to get here when coming from the north. -- some sites would be difficult to get level in with motorhome. The cleanliness of the bathrooms is great (I've seen a cleaning lady here every morning). The laundry facilities (2 washers and 2 dryers) are inexpensive at $1 each (although one dryer stopped working). There are a variety of sites (full hookups, electric & water, and electric only). The first come first serve sites are electric only. - Wandering With Us
May 2018 - $8.00
We gave a 10 rating for the park BUT they get buffalo gnats all summer. Now they don't bite but there are thousands of them everywhere. The bathrooms could use some TLC. Fishing is a big deal at this park. - myo
Aug 2017 - $8.00
Site 47 is sloped down from entrance >12" If in a motorhome you will likely need to drive in and use electric extension as well as blocks. Sites 1-8/9 are FHU. Others are Electric only. The 'bones' of the park are great. Most sites are asphalt without any damage. Sites include a fire ring/barbecue combo. This makes it almost impossible to cook and have a simultaneous campfire. Both the picnic table and the power box had an extensive live wasp nest. The camp host couple were a bit cold but otherwise helpful. - Snocap
Jun 2018 - $24.00
Beautiful campground on the lake, with lots of mature trees, lots of space between sites, nice broad, paved, easy to navigate roads, and mostly level paved sites with big patio areas, picnic table, and fire ring. Our second Corps of Engineers (CoE) campground, and we are really loving them. No cable or WiFi, but strong Verizon signal. Power stable for 3 nights. Clean and well maintained campground and facility, with only negative thing to say is that there is no soap dispenser of any kind in the bathroom in Loop 1...huh?!? Shower building was fairly remote nearer to loops that were electric only, so we did not use it. Evidence that in a heavy rain, some sites can be pretty muddy at entrance, and hard to get to on foot without going through a lot of water in gullies between sites and road, in Loop 1 anyway. Big attraction here is of course boating and fishing, and there are no hiking trails of any kind in the CG. Town of Carlyle, about 15-20 minutes away, has Walmart, IGA supermarket, diesel fuel. Lots of other types of CoE parks and state parks dotted around this huge lake that you can visit. Yet another CG that we wished we could stay longer at, and would definitely come back to. - We Roamed and Rambled
May 2018 - $11.00
Very strange experience. Every other COE campground where we have stayed the "Standard Electric" designation implied both an electric hook-up and a water spigot. In this campground the only potable water was at just a few spigots (2?) in each loop and at the dump station. And at the dump station the "cleaning water" spigot was painted the bright blue that every other location uses for the potable water. When I tested the electric pedestal at site 85 my surge protector showed that the L1 circuit had reversed polarity. I tested several other pedestals and found multiple ones with either open grounds or others with reversed polarity. The camp host assured me that the maintenance man would be down to check it out. When he hadn't showed up within an hour I persuaded her to move me to another site. She of course scoffed that there could be any problem because their 'electrical guy is certified'. Sorry, but circuit testers don't lie either. And the maintenance man never did show up though the ranger did come around a couple of hours later to make sure we had power in our new site. Nice campground with huge spaces. Just be sure to get in the first loop if you want a water hookup and check the power pedestal. - INLTApilot
Sep 2017 - $16.00
We passed many 'a cornfield to get here. Electric only on sites. Dump station with fill water on-site. Be sure to check out the local farmer bar with pizza takeout (Deb's Red Rose). There's no official sign except a Bud Light banner swinging in the breeze, but it's on Boulder on your right, just before Wiedle Rd. Not much of a view of the water from our campsite, but the reservoir and swimming beach was only a ¼ mile walk. There is also a boat launch in the park. Bathrooms were very clean, did not use showers. - Unknown_Normal
Oct 2016 - $29.00
We arrived just before Halloween, all parks were full but we were able to secure a spot here. The roads in are in poor shape but passable. The host/owner was very helpful. The bathrooms are old but large and clean, better than some of the state parks we have been in. Although it was Halloween weekend it was very quiet. We gave it high marks because of the host/owner. We would come back to this park. - EricKathy
Mar 2014 - $29.00
Hickory Shores "Resort" -- definitely need to remove the last part of the campground name. This park is a far from being a "Resort" in any context of the word -- bluntly, this "place" is a dump!! We were in the parking lot (by choice) as there was a 50 AMP connection -- one of the few in the "place". The Host was extremely helpful and apologized for the condition of the "place" -- owner appears reluctant to invest in updating all the known issues/deficiencies. We last stayed here in the early '90s and it's not been updated/maintained for years. Mostly folks living here are on a yearly basis -- projects a neglected "trailer park" appearance. - ChiefJohn
Aug 2009 - $31.00
This campground sites were very small. I have a 31 foot motorhome, we could not put up our awning due to a tree in the way. My slideout was about 1 to 2 inches from another tree on other side. The water & electric hook up was on other side of camper so we had to get out a garden hose for water. They had a very nice pool. The office/store closed by 3pm most time sooner than that. There was a pond with no fish in it one of the permanents said he there was fish in there but he had not seen anyone pull any out in a long time. Carlyle lake is near by its a huge man made lake looks like a smaller lake Michigan. There are lots of water things to do there. The campground was loud at night because cars and trucks. All in all this was a no thrills campground I would not drive out of my way to stay here. Lake Carlyle cool, Hickory shores resort not cool. We will not be going back. - rv1
Jul 2018 - $9.00
Very nice COE park with lots of shady spots that are VERY long. We stayed across from the main campground for only one night. It is listed in Recreation .gov as a back in, but is in fact a pull-thru. This may be an older section that is very small, about 10 sites. The pad was asphalt, had some ridges from underlying roots, but was level. - mroswell
Jun 2018 - $9.00
Great park for fishing and other water activities. The park is beautiful and well cared for, sites are spacious and large. - RJ56
Aug 2017 - $18.00
Beautiful campground on huge lake. Many sites right on or across road from lake. Great value at $18/night for electric. There are a handful of full hookup sites also. Most sites pretty level and fairly to very spacious. Most are asphalt, some gravel. Most have some shade, although some along lake-front are pretty sunny. Two-way road through campground easy to navigate. Over-the-air TV and Verizon signals strong. Laundry machines in main bathhouse. - aowcarol
Sites: 328 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 5 Reviews
May 2018 - $22.00
Beautiful old state run campground on Carlyle Lake. We stayed in site #7 that had a view of the lake. Lots of shade, but watch out for your falling branches. Park was quiet when we were there but understand that it fills up in the summer. The only issue we had was no sewer, you either have to use the public showers/restrooms if you are staying long or pull out and pump out at the general pump station. We would stay again but for a shorter time due to that. Cell service was excellent (Sprint and AT&T) but we could not get our DirecTV satellite to come in due to all the trees. - LindaO
Feb 2015 - $20.00
There were limited campgrounds open in Feb so not a lot of choices en route from north to warmer climates. We were the only campers in the park. Host was very friendly and escorted us to our site. This park would be a beautiful place to stay in the summer as it is wooded and overlooks a beautiful large lake (which was frozen when we were there). No water available so had to use the public showers - they were not as clean as I would have liked but perhaps hadn't been used in awhile? Some leaves had blown in from outside. Only a couple of pull through sites. Our 37' RV with car attached barely fit. Would be tight for larger rigs or you would need to stay in a back in site. Drive slowly as you enter and exit the park as there were lots of deer, some ran out in front of our rig. - Nautical Wheelers
May 2013 - $15.00
Nice park and setting. Bathrooms incl showers moldy, musty, dirty - wouldn't shower in one. - cmclark
Apr 2017 - $6.00
Nice location, close to town. Lower section has shared water. All first come sites. No reservations available. Sites are large, lots of shade. - Chuck McC
Oct 2017 - $25.00
Chalk this up to bad research on my part. I selected our MH length (36'), water and 30A electric on reserveamerica.com, and site 10 popped up. I didn't realize it was about the only site in the reserved area with its own water supply. I also didn't realize that it I'd be unable to connect to the electricity no matter how I pulled the coach in because the pedestal was so far away. After 45 minutes of trying to make it fit, we decided to walk around the empty park to find another site. We happened upon what must have been the camp host site with 50A power, water, sewer and cable (we didn't use the cable, just saw it). The camp hosts were leaving for the year as we pulled in initially, so we didn't feel bad taking their spot. Even with the dedicated host site, the water was so far away we had to use an extension. (Most of the water spigots say not to remain connected. Site 10 and this site didn't say that). The few occupied sites were constantly driving back and forth. We realized it's because the reserved area has only outhouses while the first come area has a bathhouse. Bottom-line, this is probably a great CG for boondocking and smaller campers. Not for MHs. As others stated, the approach from the south is not bad. We exited to the northwest and were on some pretty sketchy roads for a few miles. - TedandElle
May 2017 - $20.00
Good: Inexpensive, well-shaded Bad: electric only at the sites, and power posts are one per two sites. This campground seems targeted to serve boaters, hunters and fishers. General condition was good but not stellar. The campground is heavily forested, and generally quiet except for the powerboats on the nearby lake. Camp roads are asphalt and sites are gravel, generally flat and even, with electric but no water or sewer. Because power posts serve two adjacent sites, you'll need extension cords to connect if you're on the wrong side of the power post. (On our loop the power posts were on the correct (left) side for backing into the even-numbered sites.) 54 reservable RV sites, 61 first come, first served, and another 4 cabins/shelters. Mid-week in May, there was no problem getting a site without a reservation. Verizon service was good. - OlderGoat
May 2013 - $20.00
A very nice wooded state park and recreation area surrounding a 585 acre lake. The lake has several fingers and is popular for fishing and boating. The campground has access to the marina via a short trail from the end of the reservable loop, and then by walking across a floating bridge. One of the two boat ramps is located there. The restaurant at the marina was not yet open for the season, but they were getting ready to open. The campground itself is very shady, and the sites were clearly defined and surfaced with pea gravel. That said, the electric hookups are doubles and shared with the neighboring site. So you had best come prepared with lots of extension cords if you pick your site unseen from the online map. Water pumps are dispersed throughout the campground and are for communal use. There is one shower house with flush toilets, but 6 sets of vault toilets. One camping cabin was available to rent. The other two first-come, first-served loops have a staircase down the steep slope to the lake with a small floating dock at the bottom. However, the one next to our site, was blocked off and closed. The lake would be ideal for exploring via kayak. Hiking was available, but it was wet and muddy, so we didn't check out the trails. - midcenturynana
Jun 2018 - $36.00
Lots of deferred maintenance, very tight turns, pot holes in the roads. We had a tight pull through. The 50 amp plug was broken and the park person said 'well, we haven't had any problems.'. We stayed here only because friends had made the reservation. It is a serviceable place to stay but we would not come back if other campgrounds were in available. Restrooms were clean but had a rather 'home made with plywood look.' - Skip Pratt
May 2017 - $35.00
Incredibly tight roads with warning signs. Very narrow tight spaces. Our awning would hit our neighbor. Appear to be a number of long term families with small children. It's a lovely wooded area and the surroundings are nice. The spaces are unshaded and quite tight.
We're likely to look at other options next time we pass through. As with many parks, the pictures on the web paint a nicer picture than reality. - Ken Camp
Sep 2016 - $32.00
Where do the high ratings for this RV Park come from? When we pulled in here my Wife said, "Wow, they sure hired a good photographer for their website." The photos on the website are real, but they look so much better than the place does in real life. This is a campground in a rural setting a mile off of a major interstate that has 90% residents and 10% overnighters.
It would not be possible for us to describe this CG as a nice place and good value. Perhaps, it's best described as adequate or maybe serviceable.
Some examples of the issues here would be the subpar roads within the park. There are many "tight turn" signs and the trees lining the entrance roads are all scared from past scrapes with RVs. Just walking into the CG office gives you a feeling you've chosen the wrong CG for the night. You'll also find slapdash construction of plywood structures (multiple such structures) that give a decidedly shoddy appearance to the place. This includes bath houses with only one very old and well-used toilet and toilet/shower stalls made of plywood. Oddly the stalls had doors that were only ~20" or so wide.
After having stayed here we have no idea how it got rated as highly as it has but we can't agree with them. - Creativepart
Jul 2018 - $35.00
A great place for an overnight. About a mile off the Interstate. The site was level and convenient. There's a small pond on the property and some nice rocking chairs about. - har-fl
Jul 2018 - $35.00
Very friendly owner and extremely convenient to interstate. Easy in/out and sites large enough for short stays. - WayBro
Jul 2018 - $33.00
Good location off I-57. The park is loaded with construction workers and there are trucks parked every which way. Spaces are tight and you share a power pole. Opened door of my trailer and guy next doors truck was five feet away.
There are two bathrooms and showers for the whole place. They were clean but good luck getting in. Would not stay here again. - Moose boy
May 2018 - $23.00
We have stayed at this park numerous times over the years and really like it for an overnight stop. There are many permanent residents but, for the most park, their sites are neat and well-kept. The large pull-thru sites at the front of the park do not have sewer hook-ups but the dump station is convenient on the road leaving the park and there are sites that do have sewers located back farther in the park. The owners are super nice - actually, a young couple have just taken over from the former owners (parents, I believe) and were very friendly and helpful. We were escorted to our site. All utilities worked well but there is no cable and we were unable to get wi-fi at all. The road leading in is gravel but relatively smooth and level. We will definitely stay here again. - SandyA
Aug 2017 - $23.00
This is mostly occupied by permanent, weekend get-a-way campers. A decent overnight stop with easy enough highway access and a very helpful manager. A lot of trash/junk/brush piles scattered through the park.
Quiet during the week but the crowd shows up on Friday evening. Feels a bit like you're crashing someone else's party. A few too many 'wife-beater' shirts and confederate flags for my taste. - GretasDad
Jul 2017 - $23.00
Met us at road to assure we went to correct site. - budwang