9 Parks near Vandalia, Illinois
May 2007 - $12.00
We stayed over Memorial Day weekend and of course the campground was EXCEPTIONALLY busy. There was lots of traffic in the park, but overall it was a great place to stay. The 'sites' aren't actually sites at all. You are allowed to park any way you like as all of the camp is grass. Nearly all of the electric sites are situated near the lake. The campground is nice, and for the number of people there exceptionally quiet. We truly enjoyed our stay. In fact, we are planning a trip back two weeks from today. One downfall however, when we stayed the water that is available from the faucets is well water. This water is high in iron content, and although I was assured it was safe, appeared green to me. So bring plenty of fresh water! - Stlheadake
Jul 2016 - $27.00
Zero over-the-air TV available and no cable. Only had water/elec site available. Easy access. Pool looked clean. Long term rental site not well kept. Our site was adequate so did not have to disconnect truck from travel trailer for our overnight stay. Owner was pleasant. - USA#1 RVr
Jul 2016 - $28.00
Overnight stay while traveling. Newer owners so they are working to make improvements.
When they get the pond in shape, they will have a great fishing spot. No over the air channels and no cable on our site. Pedestals need upgrading. Quite a few long term campers on the side we were on. As stated before, they are making improvements. - 2dogsandacatfulltime
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Nice park, new owners last two years, easy in & out, close to highway but you can't see it. Owners very nice & they are actively improving. - chasing60
Aug 2016 - $23.00
Don't let your GPS take you "overland" to this campground! Stay on I-70 to the Mulberry Grove exit. Very nice owners. Many seasonals. Nice pool. Utilities worked fine. Sites were long enough for MH and toad. We would stay here again. - SusanRon
Aug 2016 - $20.00
This is a very quiet campground, mainly in the shade surrounding several ponds. We called after 6PM on Sunday and left a message and expected the office was closed. Shortly after the owner returned our call, and said she had a site for us, but we needed to be there before sundown and gave us excellent directions to find the entrance. Once there, you follow a well maintained gravel road to the office in the back, watch for the office signs. We were greeted by name, and escorted to our site. There is a dump station along the exit road. - Trailbuddy
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Very nice park. Clean, well kept, and friendly.
Majority of sites are seasonal campers, a few for transients. One hour from St. Louis. - niftynickers
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
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Short term sites are very close! We had to be careful opening our slide without bumping into our neighbors awning! Our end site was bearly long enough to accommodate us. It was quiet allowing for a good nights sleep. Very tight turns but doable if you swing wide as the signs state. Verizon and Direct were good. - Full timer with dogs
Jul 2016 - $32.00
Nice park with a very clean swimming pool. Tight turns but they work if you swing wide,
Only issue is there are Pitbulls in this RV Park! Very worrisome to walk our dog. - Traveling Rojo
Jul 2013 - $20.00
We stay a few times a year here at Ramsey Lake state park. It is a beautiful park and very well maintained by their friendly crew there. They even have a equine campground area that it supposed to undergo renovation. No complaints, love this park. - dreamer51
Sep 2010 - $15.00
The only thing this park had going for it was a very nice 9 hole golf course about a mile away. The course has very friendly owners and inexpensive rates. One other plus was that it is close to a grocery store and gas station. There were no garbage receptacles anywhere close, I had to carry to the dump station which was quite a ways from the campsites. - ibar45
Apr 2006 - $15.00
This is a 1,960 acre State park that is open all year long. The park is located in a rolling hill type setting, off US highway 51, just 2 miles north of the town of Ramsey. Of the 91 class A camp sites located in the White Oak section, approximately 40 of these sites are reservable. There also is one rental cabin in the park that enjoys a lake view. The one down side to the park is that there is only one camp shower/rest room building in the entire park, but water hydrants are located throughout the park. There also are two dump station located close to the main park entrance. The one hiking trail is 2 1/2 miles long, and quite hilly in spots. The Park also has an equestrian section, located in the Northern part of the park that has about 15 miles of wooded trails for the horse people. For Info Ramsey Lake State Park P. O Box 97 Ramsey, Il 618-423-2215 - mpfireman
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
May 2007 - $23.00
Very pretty camp with lots of shade trees. The big draw back is it's distance from main highways. Park needs some restoration. They did have WiFi but the modem broke and they did not repair or replace it. I was directed to a site which was a nice choice but narrow on a winding road. The manager did not follow me or show me the site or help with my backing up. I was traveling alone so had to get in and out of the truck to check distances and obstructions. They need a lesson in park management. I just stayed over night and left the next day instead of staying longer. Park was empty except for two of us. Getting out of the site next day was fun due to the close confines and 360 degree tight turn to exit the area. - murph164
Sep 2014 - $16.00
This is an excellent COE campground. We stayed in site #5 that is a wide, paved site that looks out onto the marina. It has full hookups and is quite spacious. The utilities all worked well, and the views are great. We had originally reserved another site, but upon arrival learned that there had been a cancellation on a full hookup site. It was a great decision! I will stay here again. - SargeW
Sep 2014 - $8.00
This is a nice Corps of Engineers park but not quite as nice as others we have stayed at. The sites are electricity only and we were able to secure one with 50 amp service. There are water faucets spotted around the park to fill your tank. There is absolutely no recycling of any kind in the park; shame on you, Federal Government. We were able to get a great DirecTV signal from space 50 and our Verizon Wireless signal was adequate as well. We would stay here again. - Kent and Margaret
Jun 2013 - $12.00
This campsite is along the COE Carlyle Lake Reservoir, about 12 miles south of I-70, and about 60 miles east of St. Louis. It has both electric and full-hookup sites. I stayed in an electric site and then moved to a full hookup. Electric sites are in woods along lake, but I could not get satellite. Full-hookup sites are newer and more open with asphalt pads and grass. There is a marina and boat launch. I would easily stay here again. Price is senior rate for COE campgrounds. Electric only site was $8. - judy_online
Jun 2016 - $15.00
The campsites are very spacious and well maintained. I cannot remember our site number, but it was in the 70's, I think. The fee is an estimate, too. I know it was less than twenty dollars a night.
The bathrooms and shower houses were clean and well-maintained. There is a nice beach area for families to access the lake.
We'll definitely be back! - mizsec1
Jun 2015 - $12.00
We only stayed one night on our way north but wish we could have stayed longer. We had a pull thru with sewer and a great view a bay and the beautifull park across the bay. I wish I would have had time to kayak on the lake.
It is a bit out of the way but worth the journey. Will stay here again when we head north again. - Lainee131
May 2015 - $12.00
We stayed 1 night before the Memorial Day weekend and had no problem getting a site. The sites were large and spacious. Verizon reception was OK and no problem getting a signal for DirecTV. Good 50A service with steady voltage around 120V. We had a full hookup site with good water pressure. We were just passing through but would have liked to be able to stay for several days as it was a very nice campground and our site had a large shade tree with a great view of the water. - Ramblin On
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