14 Parks near Utica, Illinois
Aug 2016 - $44.00
Directions are good. Get off I-80 at Exit 81. There is a Loves truck stop there so you can fill up, then come out and go north 1.5 miles and take a left. Park is on the left. Access is tight. Only about a dozen pull thru sites and some of those are only good for smaller rigs. Most of the sites are for pull in or back in. Really only 2 good pull thru sites for larger rigs. Lots of beautiful tent sites. Beautiful grounds. Good size off leash dog park. Friendly and helpful staff. Would stay here again. - okdiver
May 2016 - $40.00
Not a destination campground;however, ok for one night. The lower level pull-throughs are spacious but have only water and sewer. There is a dump station on the way out that is on the wrong side, but a long hose is available. We faced a pretty creek, and the trees gave shade. The upper level full hook up sites appeared close together. The playground was old, but good for getting the wiggles out. The bathrooms were clean and modern. - Roadschool
May 2016 - $38.00
We stayed the weekend with a plan to enjoy nearby Starved Rock State Park. This campground is small and has TONS of site options for tenters; not as many RV/trailer sites but those sites are nice. RV sites are close together, but typical of a KOA. Staff was very friendly. Park is quiet with lots of trees and birds (if you're a bird person you won't be disappointed). Sites are very level with lots of older-growth tree coverage which is perfect in the warm weather. We visited 1 week before the pool was open but it looked pretty much ready to go. Not a TON for our kids to do, but the purpose for our trip was to spend time in the state park which is what we did and when back at camp our boys found other kids to play basketball with so all was well. The dog park area is a good size, but no shade and my pup was too hot in there during the late afternoon. Bathrooms looked newly remodeled and were very clean. No garbage pick-up from your site here, but conveniently-located cans throughout the campground and a large dumpster up front. We hooked up the cable but didn't watch TV; the weather was beautiful and we spent all of our campground time outside. - EllenT
Sep 2015 - $25.00
Price does not reflect $5 reservation fee. I only gave Service a low rating because there wasn't any, not because it was bad.
Our loop was mostly an open field with little shade, and the grass needed mowing. The campground has little in the way of amenities and is segregated from the rest of the park. You need to drive about 3 miles to get to the visitor center, lodge or trails where all the activities are. Empty and quiet during the week, but full on weekends. Several pumps provide fresh water, but the single dump station can get backed up (pun intended) when everyone leaves on Sunday.
A couple of TV channels and OK Verizon and AT&T service. The campground was OK, but since it doesn't have water or sewer hookups, and you have to drive to the state park anyway, I doubt I'll stay again. - TheRollingJones
Jun 2015 - $25.00
One of our favorite Illinois State Parks. Friendly staff, clean and well maintained campgrounds, and plenty of hiking and exploring. - Mike Pula
Sep 2014 - $25.00
This park is suffering from a lack of cash. The grounds are not mowed more than once a month. The water pump was broken requiring you to fill tank at host site. Dump station filthy with feces and toilet paper all over and back wash hose broken requiring you to use fresh water pump. Very unsanitary. No ranger at gate shack ever. No security noticed during our 5 days there. Beautiful park but campground almost unusable. - wendie T
Aug 2016 - $36.00
We had a very nice level concrete pad pull-through right near the entrance, office, bathrooms, and pool. It is my impression that this is where they put most transient campers who just need a night. The entire park is well groomed and everything is spotlessly clean in a nice setting that offers both sunny and shady sites. There is no cable and the OTA stations consisted of 3 Christian preachers, 2 Hispanic stations, and one old old movie station. The WiFi was unusable with the park full, which is my main complaint. I tried making online reservation 4 different times using two different devices...to no avail until early in the morning before most others were awake.
The staff was friendly and efficient, and the park would be a favorite if it had better WiFi & a few cable stations. Still a good spot to spend the night. - Camaraderie
Aug 2016 - $20.00
I called for same day reservations. Stayed two nights at the Passport America rate. Office staff were wonderfully professional. Asked for shady site and got a nice, long, level gravel pull thru under mature trees. 50 amp full hookup utilities on our site were all conveniently placed. Some sites have concrete pads. The few longterm residents kept their sites tidy. Overall the park is neat and clean - grass is trimmed, tree branches are trimmed high for big rigs, sites look clean, no trash outside of dumpsters. Internal roads are gravel and big rig friendly. Wifi was good enough for email and news. Water pressure was a little weak tho. Nice pool and playground. No off leash dog park but plenty of space to walk the dogs. Right by the interstate but we didn't hear it inside the motorhome and had a couple of good nights sleep. Good bargain especially if you have PA. So glad we found it since we'll be traveling this route a couple times a year. - Flippitti
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Wow.. a nice find on our journey from TN to WI. Quiet, nice pull thru, electric never flickered, we watched a movie on the internet, peaceful and beautiful. The owners were awesome, so friendly and accommodating. We may see you on our way back home... Don't miss this stop! Highly recommended! - Frisbie
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Needed a place near Starved Rock to camp for a few nights. Everything about the experience was smooth - booking a few months in advance, calling to double check the reservation, checking in, paying, setting up, and departing.
Know what you are getting:
-shower room is little more than a plywood box/shed
-private property/basically in the yard of the owner
-near the road
When we arrived the owner drove over on his golf cart and helped us back into the spot. He is very kind and helpful. He brought over a 10 foot board to help me with the sewer line angle. - daa10496
Jul 2007 - $35.00
Mainly a seasonal park, but they do offer a few Overnight sites. Grounds are not maintained at all and the majority of the seasonal sites look like no one has been out to them in years. No swimming of any type (pool or lake). Nice newer playground and entry with a keypad locking gate. I asked if they had fishing, the lady said yes they had a stocked pond but in her own words it was pretty "grown up" I guess she was not kidding because I could not even find the pond! Weeds - Yikes! I don't think we will return, the place seems deserted and creepy and offers nothing for recreation. - cdm74
Jul 2016 - $20.00
The shower house was clean but needed better ventilation, it stank.
The roads are asphalt in good shape. The sites are gravel. The views are good for campers, but none for tents. One host is quiet and friendly, the other nit picky. There's an ice cream shop in the park at the ball field.
30 amp at camper sites. Shared water that needs flushing each use, lots of rust in line.
No OTA TV, satellite iffy.
Several tree need trimmed on the roads and sites. - Hhtjr
May 2016 - $20.00
The sites are very spacious and level. We had plenty of room in our site to spread out. The fire pits are small and raised off of the ground. There was wood available from the camp host at a reasonable price. For those of you that are early-birds, keep an eye out for the barges passing right next to your campsite! - Bertaventure
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. - smitty12
Jul 2015 - $40.00
The campground was very poorly maintained with very rough and pot holed roads, the roads were very dusty and heavily traveled with speeding golf carts and off road ATV type vehicles, woke up the next morning with 1/8" of dust on RV and truck. Fire works all evening until they either ran out or got tired of them. the sites were very close, for what should have been maybe 3 sites they had 6 if there had been a camper beside us we could not have put out our awning. There appeared to be no rules; when asked another camper said others have been told if you don't like it leave. Well I will not be back. Keep on looking. do not stop here. - Chief Dave
Jul 2015 - $32.00
The "guard house" was abandoned, the roads almost impossible, the site electric threatened electrocution, the water stank, and we didn't feel safe leaving the coach for an excursion. Very rough people as "greeters", no site map, and we feared for our safety -slept with the pistol loaded right next to my head. - Frances and Sparky
Aug 2014 - $32.00
Was just staying the night. Camped near entrance gate as I didn't feel like spending the time to drive back to regular camping area. (Long day, 427 miles.) This was my choice as staff offered the regular lots for me to use. Staff was friendly. Had water & electric. Wi-Fi never worked where I was located. Looked like the router I was connected to needed to be re-booted to the Internet. If Wi-Fi worked and maybe if I had seen rest of campground I would feel comfortable with a 7 or 8 rating. Would stay again and would probably go to regular camping area. - Tireman9
Oct 2014 - $35.00
We had called this park twice before arriving, and had not received a call back. We went anyway. Roads throughout the park were bumpy, muddy, full of potholes. There were many permanent residents in broken down, trash strewn places that should have been bulldozed. Crowded, non-level, barely paved sites obscured by fallen leaves. I saw a Pitbull, off leash, and mentioned it to the owner. I saw things happening that led me to believe that "anything goes" and if there are any rules in place, they are certainly not enforced. We drove through the park a couple of times, with the owner and another fellow. I feared for the safety of our rig and our small dog. Luckily we found another place to stay and left. - mrsweeble
Jun 2011 - $35.00
It is open year round. There are lots of permanet residents there. The dogs run free but are friendly. The trees infested with carpenter ants. There is only wifi by the office with no shade. We were there over the 4th and firecrackers were going off until about 3 a.m. - hap
Jul 2010 - $35.00
This was our first time camping with our new camper. We did stay over a holiday weekend. The camp site itself was very nice, private and quiet. We did see the pool, but did not use it. The overall campground itself was ok. There were permanents all through out the campground, some were nice and others needed to be taken away. People were friendly and we as a family will stay at this campground again. - fairfield5
Oct 2015 - $38.00
Park was generally clean but the "comfort station" was old and in need of updating. Showers were hot but cost $.25 for 7 1/2 minutes. More than enough time for a shower. Sunday night other campers were loud late but ceased around midnight. Last part of the season, so no big deal. We would stay here again. - Camping Hoosier
Aug 2015 - $46.00
This is a nice campground. The owners have a lot of attention to detail and quickly responded to, and solved, a sewer drain problem (was clogged by previous campers). My "8" rating is based on a few minor criticisms, some of which are out of the campground's control.
Getting into the lot was very difficult, requiring a lot of back and forth movement, due to the tight spacing of the lots. Fortunately, the owner recognizes that and personally aids the campers in backing into the spaces. However, prior to departure, I asked the neighbors to move their vehicles so we could leave without disturbing them early in the morning.
Use of the lake/pond is included in the camping fees, but the water visibility was probably no more than 6 inches. The owner claimed the water tests all come back excellent and that the visibility is likely due to sediment as it is supposedly clear in the mornings. The lake/pond was very busy when we were there, so the sediment may have been the issue, but it was the worst I have ever seen in a lake/pond.
Use of the pool (which was very clean), costs $1 per person per day. I suspect they charge that in order to limit the number of persons using the pool as it is not very big and, after looking at the lake, many people may prefer the pool. Since the rate on the campsite was reasonable, the extra charge for the pool wasn't necessarily that bad, but I hate feeling like I am "nickle and dimed" when I go to a campground, so that fee was a bit of a turnoff for me. I would prefer they raise their rate slightly and have the pool use included.
The Miniature Golf was fun, but it also requires an extra fee. As above, I would prefer to not have to pay extra for the amenities, but I suppose if someone were only going to camp overnight and not use them, then that allows them to stay less expensively.
I would consider staying here again if I were in the area. I commend the owners for their hard work and attention to guest safety and comfort. - JB in Indy
Jul 2014 - $50.00
Beach was nice. Outside of that everything had issues, like not enough bathrooms; after 10am most were backed up. Our son had to drive 10 minutes away to a gas station to use their facilities. We were charged to use our air conditioner, but our site only had a 20 amp connection. Even with an adapter we did not have the current to run the AC, but we were charged. Site was very difficult to access; owner admitted he never put a pop-up on the site. The site was for primitive camping, but again overcharged. Plus, issues like charges to use showers, pool made this park very costly. We also rented two cabins and the owner made refunding security deposit very difficult stating "well, the fire pits were dirty". The cabins were infested with spiders, making most of our group refusing to use the cabins. We will never return. - Bob & laurel
Jun 2013 - $35.00
We stayed here in a 40Ft rig. Most of the sites are taken up by long term seasonal residents. Management is good, have on-site security, and have worked hard in cleaning up the trash. Our rate for the month of June is $500 which includes electric. However we have found some people are charged less. We stayed here because of family in Montgomery, IL. which is close by. They do not have a website, but if you do a search you can find it on the web. - User3006