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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A beautiful, heavily-wooded oasis in an area where RV parks are otherwise non-existent. Previous user pretty much covered this park. I would have given a 10 rating had there been water and sewer hookups. Signage at entry is small and easy to miss plus there is no street address and the park admin did not know GPS coordinates. It is (41,83668/-88.17969). One great plus is that over 65 get two free nights per year so our stay was free (this site will not let you enter a "0" for nightly rate, so I put in "$1" We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We came across this park by accident, and I am glad we did. What a hidden gem. The campground is in the Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage County, IL, and it has some very scenic views. There are a lot of picnic shelters, and they seem to be used daily. The grounds are maintained beautifully. My husband was in awe of the wonderful way the park incorporated the wild plant life and the grass around all the sites. There are 64 sites, with about 16 sites for RV's. Most sites would be perfect for a pop up, but go online and talk to the staff prior to booking if you have a larger unit. Most sites have shade, but the sites from about 1-14 have none to speak of. It seems like it would get pretty hot in that section without the trees for shade. The lake is fantastic, and there are boat rental's available and fishing from the shoreline is available. The campground only has camping on Friday and Saturday nights, and non over night guests need to leave by 9 pm since the preserve closes at sunset and the campground closes the gate at 9. The Ranger is stationed at the gate all night, and it does give a sense of security with the locked front gate. Even though we did not use the bathroom facilities, they were spic and span, and we would not hesitate using them. The dump station is easily accessible ,and since there are only about 16 sites that would be utilizing it, the process is very quick. We will be back for sure!! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.