7.3 Good
     
Savanna, Illinois

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Savanna, Illinois


16327A Il Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
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Sites: 241
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.144363321282
Longitude: -90.168597837265
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 no
  • $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 no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • 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 no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • 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 no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

"Average" for a State Park camping experience, in my opinion. We reserved ahead through the Reserve America app, host was friendly and had our info ready to go when we arrived. She offered firewood, and asked about water before sending us on to our site. Navigation in the park was a little tricky but we made it with only 1 wrong turn. The camping loop itself was pretty typical for a state park in the Mo/Il region. back-in spots with electric only, lots of big trees and a decent amount of breathing room between spaces. If you have rooftop solar you probably won't get much use of it here. Had to drag the heavy the picnic table out of the parking spot before backing in, and clean up trash left behind by the previous occupants. It was a holiday weekend and very full, with lots of large camper units and children running around. The evening and night however was very peaceful, with a few sites hosting groups of people outside showing movies projected on large screens. We never used the public toilet/showers so cannot comment on that. Leaving in the AM we chose the dump station inside the park and didn't have a wait. As we passed the entrance station however, there were several rigs waiting in line and one nearly blocking the exit for everyone else. Luckily our 21' Class C was small enough to navigate the other roads in the park and we were able to drive up to the overlooks and trails over the river valley. I wouldn't want to try the roads in a larger rig though, due to some low-hanging branches and the twisty steep descent to the South Entrance. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

Head for the interior dump station if it's been a busy weekend. Don't try to drive up the road to the overlooks in a big A or 5th Wheel / long trailer!

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We chose a non-electric site as the electric sites were jacked up to $30 (from $20) for the Labor Day weekend. This could be a nice park with more staff and more maintenance. They also need more bathhouses and more regular cleaning (hubby found "doo" in the shower. Lots of bugs (not mosquitoes but annoying). We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Use the park map as none of the toads are labeled as to which sites are where.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is showing its age and the effect of budget cuts. Staffing seems to depend on campground hosts manning the check in booth. Ranger and police presence was very limited. Like all Illinois State Parks, alcohol is prohibited. RV sites were very level and covered with a nice layer of limestone. This formed a driveway ridge and patio area separate from the grassy areas. This ridge became critical and perhaps present by design. We had lots of rain and the campground was covered in pools of water. Being up high at least gave you the opportunity to keep your feet dry. Look for level when choosing a campsite, some of the tent sites looked to be completely on the hill side. RV sites seemed to much better designed.

Because of the rain the hiking trails were impassable, but looked very good. Trains were common but far enough distant as to not be annoying. They do use their horns at the nearby crossing at all hours and you will be come acquainted with the two long, one short and one long that will sound with each passing train. The latest I read was 43 trains per day. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop 30-50
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

A restaurant and marina next to the boat landing is now closed. The mini market store is a thing of the past and does not appear to have any future. Nearby Savanna has seen better times, once a railroad center and then dependent on the now closed Ordinance Depot. Savanna's current claim to fame is bikers, there can be hundreds or more in town on a weekend. Some stay in the campground, some pass on the highway and some are loud.

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Review Count: 180
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Attractive, sprawling, park-like campground (trees but no undergrowth between sites), very spacious grassy sites with gravel parking pads. CG was surprisingly quiet and about 1/2 empty on this weekend before Memorial Day. Rates will be going up this summer, after new state legislation was passed. About 1/2 the sites have electric hookups (20/30 amps); mix of shower houses w/ flush toilets and clean, well-vented pit toilets scattered around the CG. Small camp store in the park & camp hosts in residence; for other needs, the small town of Savanna is about 5 miles south. There's a boat launch & fishing area along the river, across the road from CG entrance. Hiking trails in the woods, some with overlooks along the Miss. River. We really enjoyed this park, and would happily camp here again, even at the new, higher rates (rumored to be $25 later this season). We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground. We camped at site 196, which is a pull through site. The site is at the end of one of the roads, so it was very quiet. The campsites are wide and shady. The bathhouse was very nice and clean. There are easy to moderate hiking trails in the campground area. The more difficult trails are on the south side of the park. I would highly recommend this campground for couples and families. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2006 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. Very spacious sites and very scenic. It's about 1/2 hour drive to Galena. Across the street from the campground there is a free boat launch, bait store and restaurant. There is also a small camp store on site. The hiking trails are wonderful. The campground is very large and usually has sites available for the summer weekends if you arrive on Friday evening. The grounds are very nice for biking and long walks. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2005 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent State Park. Very clean and relatively quiet. Wide open spaces between sites and the grounds are well cared for. The other side of the state park has a bunch of great trails that my kids loved. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2005 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park. Big shadey sites, with electric. Small concesion on site. Close to Galena. The only problem I saw was that on Memorial Day weekend the bathrooms were not kept clean. It was very crowded but every time I went into the bathrooms they were dirty. Besides that though the place is very well maintained with a very good ranger presence to keep the riff-raff out. Close to but not on the Mississippi river. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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