8 Parks near Wheaton, Illinois
Sep 2014 - $20.00
Maybe I just happened to pick a bad weekend, but this first visit to this campground was completely miserable. Perhaps had I come to tent camp and never expected to leave the campground the whole weekend, I'd have a different opinion. First the good points-- nice graveled campsites (and all have electric), plenty of shade and privacy between the sites in this heavily wooded campground, fairly clean bathhouse, and a nice lake nearby. If you happen to be a resident of DuPage county, the $20/night rate is not bad either. Sadly, the good points end there. The campground is located at the very back of the park and requires driving over 6 large speed bumps to come and go. The campground roads are narrow gravel with tight turns and hills. Most sites are only suitable for tents, pop-ups, vans, or RVs less than 25'. The only available water is from non-threaded spigot pumps. The dump station is small and tilted the wrong way to empty most RV tanks. The campground is only open 2 or 3-night weekends from May through Sept. But perhaps the biggest negative-- both the campground and forest preserve gates are closed and locked just after sunset every night. If you want to enjoy a nice dinner beyond the park boundaries, or visit friends in the area, forget about it! One final negative-- when I visited, the park was literally overwhelmed with mosquitoes. So bad I had to wear a bug jacket to cover my head and upper body! In the future, I'll stay at the Kane Co. Forest Preserve campgrounds-- much MUCH nicer parks that have been built with RVers in mind. - WinnieViews
May 2014 - $20.00
This park is a bit hard to locate. It is actually located in Warrenville. Any RV campground in the Chicago is a rarity so even with some drawbacks we were glad to find this one. It is a large, beautiful and heavily-wooded oasis in a pretty congested area. Staff very friendly. Restrooms were immaculate even with heavy usage on a holiday weekend. The drawbacks are: (1) it is only open for Fri. and Sat. night camping except on holidays, (2) no and or sewer connections and the few water spigots will not allow for a hose to be connected so to fill your tank requires carrying water in containers to your RV. Sites are level and very spacious with site #64 being best located for the restrooms with showers. One unusual plus is that those over 65 get 1 free weekend per year. We would camp here again. - judb
Jun 2013 - $20.00
We've been visiting Blackwell for almost 40 years, but this is the first time we've camped there. We only live about 7 miles from there so it's an easy weekend. This is an oasis in the middle of suburbia. Heavily wooded sites, with level crushed gravel pads and now, electric at all sites, according to the attendant at the gatehouse. There are no water or sewer hookups, but there are spigots throughout the park. There is an adequate dump station, although it is not all that level, so your tanks may not fully empty. I remarked to my wife that whether we traveled three hours to Wisconsin or drove 7 miles to Blackwell, the end result is the same. Quiet camping in a lovely area. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week. Also making reservations entails calling the District HQ and booking over the phone. There is a three day reservation window which pretty much eliminates spur of the moment camping. The camping permits arrive by snail mail, so very last century. Still, it adds to the charm I suppose. We'll be back often. In the summer the crowds in Wisconsin can be frustrating, so this is a nice alternative if you just want a quiet weekend to camp without dealing with all the traffic. - baraff
Jul 2015 - $35.00
We pulled into this campground if you can call it that, and paid for a two night stay. While my husband was inside paying I just got a bad feeling about this place. It felt like a place you would see in a horror movie. The road into it was narrow and full of holes, a man in a raggedy golf cart led us to an area and told us to "pick a site". We got out if the RV and looked for a site with sewer hook ups. Could not find one with water electric and sewer. The sites were just grassy and muddy. Nothing about this place said "camp here, feel safe". We began to wonder if we were in a junkyard or campground. We decided that neither of us had a good feeling, so we drove back to the office aka shack and got our money back. My husband said it was no problem and they probably had it happen before. My cousin said the place was known for drug raids and murders!!! Stay away from this place unless you like living or staying in an area where your life is in danger. Hideaway should be condemned and buried!!! - CaptainKarl
Jul 2015 - $35.00
This place is dirty, looks like a junkyard with abandoned trailers sitting all over the place. The "pond" they say is chlorinated was dirty, fish couldn't live in it, the play ground by the pond was dirty with garbage all over the place. If the city or county ever tested the pond water I am sure that they would shut this place down. We will never stay there again, even if it was free. - Sjmak
May 2015 - $35.00
First off - you should know that 1 star is as low as this site will allow one to rate an establishment. Secondly, 2000 characters is the max and that's not nearly enough for an accurate picture of this landfill. It is not safe here. It is not sanitary, or even clean. A schizophrenic (not hyperbole) owns the place and has a captive workforce of otherwise homeless ex-cons allowed to live in the trailer graveyard that rings the "park". Over half of the trailers here are no longer mobile. The roads are often impassible by all but a serious 4wd. Do not bring a heavy RV here, nor a trailer of any kind, unless you have an offroad capable truck, and a strong one. In fact, if you value your property and your safety, do not come here at all. Finally, this place is adjacent to an outdoor gun range. Weekends are nonstop gunfire, so you don't know whether it's coming from inside the "park" until the Kendall County Sheriff's Dept. arrives, which is often enough that I know them by name. In short, this place is for those with no choice. It's the only park within an hour of the city that stays open through the winter. Still, if you can conceive of any other option - go with that. I guarantee none of this will seem like a joke when you cross the railroad tracks into Hide-A-Way Lakes. - Marc and Tinker
May 2016 - $25.00
Stayed here in May 2016 at the beginning of the camping season. It's a nice little RV campground right where you wouldn't expect one. The people from Kane Country running the campground are very, very nice. The campground is in the middle of a forest preserve, although most of the camp sites are asphalt slabs with no trees around them. None of the sites have sewer hook-up but there are two dump stations, and they are free to use if you're a registered camper. The sites did have 50amp and 30amp service, along with a water hook-up. The price for camping is cheap- $25 if you're a Kane County, IL, non-resident, $15 if you are.
There are several walking trails in the preserve. The big one is gravel and about 2.5 miles around the loop. We saw deer, otters, and hawks while walking the trail, which took about an hour. There are some smaller walking trails that meander through the prairies and woods.
I'd highly recommend coming, but if you have kids just understand that this isn't a KOA. There's no pool, no activities, or anything like that. It's just a place to hook up your RV and enjoy the preserve.
Although I gave value, service, and cleanliness 5 stars, I gave the campground an overall rating of 8 stars only because outside of the walking trails, there wasn't much to do, and the RV sites were sort of close together with no trees to screen you from your neighbors. Also, the fishing pond was pretty weed infested and we didn't see or catch any fish. - ualdriver
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Loved the park. Wide open, lots of space between the sites and asphalt pads. Work campers very friendly. GC very neat and clean. Only complaint is the water. It is full of iron and very metallic tasting. We recommend you have a very good filter for your water or fill your water tank before you go and don't use their water. - Peter K
Aug 2015 - $25.00
We love this park. The sites are large & level-all asphalted. It is quiet & peaceful here. Satellite & over the air signal are easy to get. It is about the only campground in the area. The closest other campground is about 30 miles from Elgin. We lived in the Elgin area for 50 years & staying here makes it easy to visit friends & family. There are two drawbacks. There is no sewer hook up so we have to move to dump when our tanks are full. Your stay is limited to 14 days in a 21 day period. We stay here every summer. - Connie's Co-Owner
Jun 2016 - $25.00
This is a young park, meaning the trees are not big enough to give shade yet. You drive in and find a space you are comfortable with and the attendant will stop by later to collect the fee and pertinent information. It is a large, clean park with a comfortable amount of room between sites. All of the sites are 50 amp, so we used an adapter - and we lost power a couple of times with the AC going most of the time during the first heat wave of 2016. There are pull thru and back in sites on gravel with grass between each site. We stayed three nights, very quiet and comfortable. The park has water and electric only. Dump stations on-site. We would stay again. It's a long ride from I-80. We stayed in a 28' motor home with a tow. - Thirdtime
May 2016 - $15.00
Would have been a 10 if they had sewer hook-ups. This is a campground, as opposed to an RV Park. Very few amenities, but a nice quiet spot on the prairie with miles of walking and biking paths in the adjacent forest preserve.
Large campsites well spaced. Well laid out. As noted before the water connections are a bit far from the spaces, need a couple extra length of hose, but not a big issue as you have to move to dump your tanks anyway, so fill the fresh water tank when you do.
Limit on stay of 14 days out of every 21 days. Campground is part of Kane County Forest Preserve.
A bit far from the interstates for an overnight stop, but convenient to US 30. Since the campground is only a few years old the trees are all small saplings, no shade whatsoever! Will be better in a few years.
Fairly convenient to Aurora where you can catch the train into Chicago. Handicap sites are paved versus gravel. All sites are nice sized, the pull through are quite long. - Dennis M
Oct 2015 - $15.00
We are local who use this spot to get out of the Chicago area hustle and bustle. Lovely area with lots of open fields and trees. Close to a railroad track but not overly noisy. Just a few years old. We wish other counties in the area would copy this park. They do not have showers, saying the insurance liability is too great. We would give it a 10 if it did. - travelboundnbertha
Apr 2016 - $42.00
This park has very unlevel, very close, sunny/open grass only sites. Very rude people as well as workers living there. Not worth the time or money to put up with drunks throwing things. Very scared! It was better to leave. - Sheilagramm
Jul 2013 - $28.00
This park is old, but the staff tries to keep it working and the grass mowed :). It is very close to I-80, many sites are not level, and the park is full of pipeline workers staying for several months - they were very friendly though. - Bay Area Early retirees
Apr 2013 - $30.00
Martin’s has been for sale for several years. While it lasts, it is the best option for a full-hookup campground near Chicago and its south suburbs. The utilities are well maintained and the grass is cut, but it is definitely not a luxury campground. Many of the sites are less than level. At the time of our stay, the campground was full due to the presence of pipeline workers who were engaged in a local project. This necessitated that we take a site without sewer until a full-hookup site was available. The owner was very helpful in meeting our needs. While a really good overnight stop just off I-80, it is less inviting for longer stays. - seeyajohn
Jul 2008 - $1.00
This campground is now closed. Park is only for day use. - WinnieViews
Jun 2006 - $15.00
This was okay, but we were driven away by a bunch of tiny flies. No biting, just swarming all over everywhere. Pit toilets, no showers, best for self-contained only. - Janjanjan68
Jul 2016 - $36.00
What a find! We wouldn't have considered camping at an casino but all the state parks were full. we're glad we stayed! Nice clean restrooms with fabric shower curtains. Level sites, picnic tables, mostly treed sites. Water and sewer at each site. Nice water park within walking distance if you sneak through some trees. Simply walk to the hotel for a free breakfast with fruit, oatmeal, eggs, bacon, etc. Fun bonus! Staff at hotel were polite but gave us little information about the nearby bike trail, how to get to Joliet and other basic questions we asked. But everything else was wonderful. - Silvana CLark
Jun 2016 - $40.00
The cost has gone up $10 per night since our last stay. This is another casino RV park (Not Campground) that no longer staffs the RV park office forcing the RVers to go to the hotel to check in. Most sites are back in but there are about 15 pull through sites. The are water and electric hook ups and a dump station behind the casino hotel. There is no cable TV but many sites (all the pull through and some of the back in) are satellite friendly. The 2 stall bathrooms are inadequate for a park with no sewer and were dirty during our stay. This is probably because of there being no RV park staff. The internet was unreliable. There are no recreational amenities in the park. - Jerry S
May 2016 - $45.00
This place is way over priced. They have both pull-through and back-in sites. It was a lake when we stayed in early May. We had water over our shoes around the coach for two days. Park appeared rather shabby. We have a 40-foot rig. - illini777
Jun 2016 - $36.00
This is an amazing campground for a single night of for a long-term stay. Although we did not take advantage of them, there were activities galore. The owners/staff was excellent. We were in site 144 and had an unobstructed view of the lake. The campground needs improved signage to lead people in of either I-80 or I-55. Once on Frontage Road it's a piece of cake to get to the campground but finding Frontage is a bit winding route. The internal roads are wide but can be a bit dusty. Surprisingly, we were amazed that everyone seemed to obey the 10 MPH speed limit. Our one complaint was that when we arrived at our campsite, it was littered with cigarette butts! Campers should be advise to clean up after themselves and sites inspected after campers leave. We would go back here in a heartbeat, however! Well worth the value. - dandd
Jun 2016 - $36.00
It is easy to get in/out of this park. Roads are dirt and very dusty. Must be a Good Sam member to stay here. You park on a concrete pad but stone leading to it. Small concrete patio with picnic table. Utilities worked fine. WiFi worked well for us but there were not many people around. Verizon signal good. Our site was just big enough for our 40 ft fifth wheel. Clear line for satellite at our site. Gated park and you are issued a key card when checking in. Nice beach on a separate little pond from the lake. Saw quite a few people fishing in the lake. We would stay here again. - cwier
Oct 2015 - $35.00
Let me preface this review by saying that we got here on a cold, windy, raining afternoon and I did not get a chance to walk around this large park until it was almost dark. So, my comments are not all going to be backed by a clear visual inspection of the facilities and amenities. Like the other fellow who reviewed this park in October, our stay was during the off season when the park was fairly empty and many things were no longer in service. We had a long, fairly level, gravel, FHU site. Most sites are FHU, but there are about 50 with just W&E on the north and south sides of the park. We had to pull all the way forward in the site to get satellite service but that made the sewer unreachable. Once we are ready to leave in the morning, we will just back up and dump then Most sites are back-ins and apparently seasonal/extended stay sites. There is no cable TV, but there are about 10 over the air channels. We had no problems with their 802.11 network. As others have noted, there are a ton of recreational facilities: a very large pool, a fishing lake with piers and boat dock, a swimming pond with a beach, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a large recreation center, playgrounds, a large pavilion, and a mini-golf course. I cannot vouch for the condition of these facilities because of how dark it was when I finally saw them. I had no issues with the man (owner?) at check-in. We had no issues with too many rules (No long list was mentioned when we checked in - what problems are 2 oldies going to cause in the off season?) or dusting roads (It was raining!). This park may deserve a higher rating, but I couldn't see the park well enough or experience the park when it is going full tilt. I do agree with the prior reviewer that staying here would be a completely different experience/park in the summer. I saw no sign of recycling in the park. Once again, we did not "camp here. We stayed here in a RV site. - Jerry S