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Zion, Illinois

Illinois Beach State Park

Zion, Illinois



Zion, Illinois
Phone: (847) 662-4811

Sites: 241
Recent Rate: $25 8/2016

Latitude: 42.43039388227
Longitude: -87.809858322144

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • 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 no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • 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 yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • 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 no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

26 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is right on Lake Michigan it has an area with pine trees that is wonderful. Nice breeze lots of shade.
They seem to be tearing something down close by as there is quite a lot of daytime noise but it didn't really bother us too much.
There is a bike trail right adjacent to the park we are going for a bike ride in a little while. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
250
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Convenient grocery store. The park is really right in town. It's a small town but still everything is nearby.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is one of our favorite places. Sites are shaded and large enough for our trailer. Love being on the lake. Normally we see several deer but this year we have only seen two. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
276
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Events on the beach. Resort restaurant has good food. Trail to walk or ride bike.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay at this park occasionally when visiting Chicago. Sites are very generous. The beach is small and rocky and some buildings are in disrepair. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
234
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

We like to go to downtown Chicago and you can take the train from Waukegan station. It is a long drive especially with traffic.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this park. Short walk to the beach at Lake Michigan. Plenty of trails to ride our bikes, or walk. Easy access to local retailers for those things you forgot.

We'll be back after we work through the west! We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
201
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

There were no water or sewer hook-ups. The water from the entry way main spigot smelled really bad. Had trouble with electric outlet at 2 of the 3 sites we were renting. The beach right next to the campground was not suitable for swimming and the concession stand nearby was closed down. Lots of biting flies at the campground. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Beach is nearby but best to drive to next to the lodge to swim as the swimming nearby the camp sites is not good.

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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

With no water or sewer you are forced to use the dirty, nasty showers and restrooms. Fill up your water tank before parking. The only positive is our big rig site on blacktop was level. Did not enjoy and won't stay again. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The park was easy to get to from I-94. The staff at the contact station was very nice and helpful. Electric but no water or sewer at the sites. Dump station is on the way in. Roads are paved sites are not. Our site was pretty level. No vegetation between sites so all the neighboring sites are visible. Lots of trees for plenty of shade on our loop however, there was a tree on our site that kept us from deploying our awning. Shower building was outdated and could use some remodeling. Plenty of hot water but the men's showers were small requiring a person to get dressed with no privacy. Lots of hiking and biking trails with easy access to Lake Michigan shoreline. We used the park as our base camp for outings in Chicago. It's about an hours drive to downtown Chicago. For what we used the park for we would stay here again. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
259
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

About an hours drive to Lake Shore Drive and the museums.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for Memorial Day weekend. It is a state park so we got what we thought we would, a campsite on Lake Michigan. Our site backed to the small dunes that lead out to the lake. Good size sites and fairly level. Nice trails from the back of the sites to the lake. Our site was across from the community water spigot, so between me and a friend in their trailer we had more than enough hose to keep our tanks filled for the weekend. We didn't use any of the bath houses so I can't say how good or bad they were. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Bike trails from the park, so bring a bike. Also when looking at a site on the map, look for one near a water spigot.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We were very surprised when we arrived to not have a water hook up. When making the reservation on line, it looked as though we would. We stayed anyway, but then found that the big rig sites that they offer are on an old parking lot they have converted to sites. The grounds were very grown up, lots of mosquitoes due to swampy water standing around every corner. Seemed neglected and left to the tenters. Restrooms and showers very outdated and not sure they had hot water. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Pro: Pleasant setting with many trees; easy access to Lake Michigan; walking & biking trails; ice & firewood available; with TLC and some investment this could be a great park. Con: Many smokey fires burning late into the night; many sites not level; few restrooms & not clean; showers with no temperature control & firehose volume -- press a button on the wall to get blasted for a set amount of time; officials patrolled but did not seem to enforce quiet time rules; park is open to the public and access is never restricted; camp host was never seen. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a tough park to rate as we were ambivalent about it. The lack of hookups forced us to use the bathrooms which were nasty and crowded. We stayed in site 357 which is more or less an asphalt parking lot with RV spots on it. We were forced to pick this site because no other regular sites were available. We thought we would hate it but found it okay for a couple days. The asphalt can be hot in warm weather. Site 357 and adjacent sites have satellite access. At night the campfire smoke in this park can be stifling. We have stayed here before in other spaces on dirt and found some of them challenging to back in or level the motorhome. Ambivalence is the correct word that we found to describe this park. There is a lot of area for walks inside the park. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Back to nature place to spend a long weekend away from Chicago and suburbs. Bathrooms are okay. Reasonably clean. Water pressure is great in showers. Water on floor around toilets is an issue. Sites are wide & pretty level. No water at sites, but spigots located thru-out the campground. On the shore of Lake Michigan so beach is a plus. There have been issues with inconsiderate campers, but the park is patrolled by IDNR rangers. If you have an issue report it. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We love this place and stay whenever our travels take us to Chicago. Although the park is very wooded, it is possible to get satellite reception on the west side outer row. This is a nice state park with clean bathrooms and a wonderful Lake Michigan beach front walk. The park is a short drive into Zion and plenty of shopping and other facilities. One mile away is a Chicago and Northwestern Rail Station which will take you to downtown Chicago on an hourly or half hourly basis depending on the time of day. After a day walking around the Loop, it is nice to just hop the rail and ride back to Zion. We will return. The park is open all year. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We opted for an asphalt site to test out our newly acquired used motorhome. Because the park was lightly used on weekdays before summer, it was delightfully uncrowded. We had cruised the grounds looking at various sites before reserving (you can get a free entry pass to do just that), and noted that there are a lot of difference between sites in terms of levelness and overhanging branches. Did not use park toilet or shower facilities and so cannot comment on those, but the electric (50 amp) worked well, the front staff were very friendly and helpful, and there are great trails (hiking and biking) around the area and along Lake Michigan. Good value pricing. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is lovely campground. The park staff was informative and extremely pleasant. The campground has many walking and biking trails. The are several types of sites from open, wooded with oak and elm and also sites surrounded by pine. The beach is close. The beach isn't the greatest as the sand is coarse. There are some old abandoned buildings in the older area and the nuclear power plant is visible. However, the children loved skipping rocks and playing in the tide. We saw lots of wildlife, including a raccoon that scouted our camp for snacks late at night. Rangers evicted a loud group across the way for loud profanity. If you are looking for a quiet, family friendly campground and like exploring the beach and nature preserve, you will enjoy this campground. Note in the summer the public beach can get busy and there are no lifeguards. The campground is secluded, with security and and no drive throughs are allowed in the campground which helps reduce the amount of traffic and non-patrons in the area. Weekdays are much less busy. Speed limit is 10mph and strictly enforced. We will definitely return to this campground. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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