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Shady Lakes Camping & Recreation was rated 5 out of 10 based on 7 user reviews. Phone: (309) 667-2709
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Shady Lakes Camping & Recreation

Camp Information
Sites
243
Date of Stay
June 2013
Latest Rate
$15



Hookups
Electric
yes
50amp
yes
Water
yes
Sewer
yes
Wireless Internet
yes
Cable TV
no
Accommodations
Pull-Thru Sites
no
Big Rig Access
yes
Waterfront Access
no
Shade Trees
yes
Pool Access
yes
Pets Allowed
yes
Tents Allowed
yes
Family Friendly
yes
Latest Review Information
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[ 6 / 10 ]
June 2013
$15
Once you get into the campground, everything was fine. However, getting there is not convenient off the highway and you have travel over gravel dirt roads to get there. Directions are very confusing. Thank goodness there were some signs to follow. Our coach and toad were covered in dust by the time we got parked. No pull-thrus for overnights, so you do have to disconnect. We would not come back, but not because of the campground itself but the wear and tear on the coach getting in and out on the access roads. We camped here in a Motorhome.

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[ 2 / 10 ]
June 2013
$30
Noisy (until 10 pm), smoky, and muddy. Lakes are nice, but most camp sites are seasonal. Not well suited for short stays. We camped here in a Motorhome.

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[ 4 / 10 ]
April 2013
$30
Pluses: no highway noise, quiet, full hook up, level spot, friendly staff. Good for one night. Negatives: very little gravel, lots of mud. Water faucet serves 4 sites, needed extra long hose, on the wrong side. Narrow sites. Free internet at office, otherwise pay. We were close to office and were able to get it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.

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[ 1 / 10 ]
June 2009
$26
Maybe at one time this was a nice campground, but our experience here was not a pleasant one. This park needs some serious upkeep. From the falling down split log fence that borders the entrance road, to the playground that really should be condemned. All of the equipment in the playground needs to go into one of the overfilled and disgusting dumpsters they keep by the entrance, before a child is seriously injured. Stepping into the "store", a wave of cat urine smacks you in the face. Disorganized staff and overpriced groceries seem to be the theme here. Once we arrived at our campsite, we notice that it hasn't been mowed in some time. We also noticed that our 30 amp power supply for our site has been absconded by a junk camper that is located on a site next to ours(but is not on the map.) A quick call to the office from my cell phone brings an extremely cranky elderly gentleman. We inform him of our concerns(the foot high grass and lack of power outlet). His response to the grass was and I quote "I ain't got a mower and I don't mow grass!" He is good enough to bring us a splitter for the power though. I first asked him if I should unplug the squatters cord and he said "You do that and you'll be paying for his groceries!" Apparently this squater is a good friend of someone in the hierarchy at this glorious campground. Moving on. Their website boasts of paddle boats and 9 hole minnie golf. The paddle boats consist of 4 or 5 upside down junk boats covered in weeds with a dock that looks like it would rather be at the bottom of the lake rather than barely floating in it. The minnie golf is another treat. It looks like a minnie tornado ripped through the minnie golf course with greens missing and torn. Par for this campground. One last thing. It looks as though they had some trouble with a dam for one of the lakes and had to rebuild it. The neglected to put up some kind of barricade or guardrail or caution tape to protect people from falling down a 25 to 30' dropoff. This place is just asking for a lawsuit. Now to the positive comments. The pool was nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.

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[ 9 / 10 ]
September 2007
$24
A nicely maintained family oriented park. Nice lakes for fishing and small boats. Convenient for visiting the Bishop Hill Historic Village site. There appeared to be a large number of seasonal rentals. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.

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[ 6 / 10 ]
July 2004
$13
This looked like a good family type campground. We didn't have a lakeside site, but they looked nice. The site we were in was kind of close. It was very crowded. We camped here in a Motorhome.

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[ 9 / 10 ]
2004
$21
This is a wonderful place. It is in the middle of nowhere so there is no noise. Great view of the stars. The fishing is unbelieveable. You can't not catch a fish! You cast and reel one in. It is that easy. The bathrooms were clean but dated. Nothing says good morning like that cold toilet seat either. Plenty of room to maneuver, even the big rigs. You can pull through but if the ground is wet they ask you not to. If you had to I doubt there would be a problem. Many sites. Good size. Most with shade. Every site has a fire ring and picnic table. Also, every site has water/electric/sewer. Owners are here often. Staff is extremely friendly. 5 lake/ponds so it's easy to find a nice quiet spot. This was our first trip in our pop-up in May of 2004 and we will definitely be going back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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