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Camping at Our Preserves

We proudly opperate campgrounds at Illiniwek Forest Preserve and Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. 
  • Illiniwek reserves camp sites on a first come, first serviced basis. Details below. 
  • Loud Thunder accepts online reservation. Details below. 
The camping season is generally April 1 through October 31 of each year as weather permits.The 2020 camping season will open April 8th, weather permitting. Water access is weather dependent at both Illiniwek and Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, and will not be available until night time temperatures stay above freezing. 
Advanced notices of closures will be posted as soon as practicable.

Important Information

Illiniwek Forest Preserve Camping

Camping at Illiniwek Forest PreserveIlliniwek Camp Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM-1:00PM and 4:00pm-10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 8:00AM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Camp host is available after 5PM on Sunday and on weekdays until 4PM. Office hours are extended during holiday weekends.
Camp Office: (309) 496-2620
Maintenance Building: (309) 203-1404

Camping is available from April 1- October 31, weather permitting. The campground is currently closed and weather permitting will reopen April 8, 2020 for the 2020 camping season.

Why is the Illiniwek Forest Preserve location so great for camping? We think it is because the park is set on the Mississippi River and is ideally situated for a combination of recreation, both on land and in the water. This means you can spend the day fishing and eat it for dinner while you camp overnight.

Facilities available at Illiniwek include 25 primitive camping areas of which 17 are riverfront campsites, 60 pads with water and electric hookups to serve RV's and other mobile camping options, two shower houses (one of the shower houses is ADA Accessible), and a dumping station. Other amenities include boat launch ramps (ADA Accessible), hiking & biking trails, a reservable picnic shelter, and a wooded bluff scenic overlook of the Mississippi River.
Campsite reservations are available only for organizations such as scouts or youth church groups. All other campsites are first come, first serve.
Illiniwek Campsite Maps
Camping Rules and Regulations

Camping Cost

Illiniwek Forest Preserve Primitive Camping Camping on RV Pads with Water and Electricity Hook-Ups
County Resident $14 ($18 for River Site) $20
Non-County Resident $16 ($20 for River Site) $22
Senior Citizens (Over 62) $13 ($17 for River Site) $19
Youth Group (Per person) $1 $1


1Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Camping 

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Camping

Camping at Loud Thunder is open from April 1 through October 31, weather permitting.  The campground is currently closed and weather permitting the campground will reopen April 8,  2020 for the 2020 camping season.

Camp the way you like. We understand that some people like to pitch a tent and cook over the open fire, and others just don’t. That’s okay with us because we have campsites for both. There are five campgrounds located within the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. District policy does not allow staff to issue refunds of any kind on reservations.

 North Shore – located next to the Mississippi River
  • Riverview Campground – 30 primitive campsites (non-electric) along the Mississippi River with boat ramp access to the Mississippi River, hiking trails, bathroom & shower building, water access, and picnic area
East Shore – located on the East side of Lake George
  • Silva Campground - 19 primitive campsites (non-electric) surrounded by natural area with access to a boat ramp and docks on Lake George, pit toilets, water access, picnic area, and pavilion
West Shore – located on the West side of Lake George
  • Horse Corral Campgrounds – 12 primitive campsites and 9 equestrian only campsites with a horse corral, dump station, horse trailer parking, flush toilets, water access, and picnic area.  The Horse Corral Campground is expanding with 16 newly constructed water, electricity and sewer hook-ups campsites for equestrian campers is coming soon!  Check the Loud Thunder Facebook page for updates. 
  • Indian Meadows – 22 primitive campsites with shower building and water access
  • White Oak Campgrounds– 26 RV campsites with electricity and water hook-ups and shower building, please note only one campsite, campsite W-26, includes water, electricity and sewer hook-ups
  • Deer Haven - 35 new campsites with water, electricity and sewer hook-ups coming is under construction and coming soon!  Check the Loud Thunder Facebook page for updates.
Reservations may also be made by calling 309-795-1040 or in person at the camp office.  Reservations are not mandatory, however if you do not have a reservation then campsites will be available on a first come, first serve basis but you must stop at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Office and secure a campsite before setting up camp.  District policy does not allow staff to issue refunds of any kind on reservations.


Camping Rules and Regulations

Camping Cost

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Primitive Camping White Oak Campground Camping Area on RV Pads with Water and
Electricity Hook-Ups (White Oak Campground-only W-26 has a
sewer hook-up)
County Resident $14 $20 (Campsite W-26 is $24.00 includes sewer hook-up)
County Resident, Two-Tent Campsite  $28 Not Applicable
Non-County Resident $16 $22 (Campsite W-26 is $26.00 includes sewer hook-up)
Non-County Resident, Two-Tent Campsites  $32 Not Applicable
Senior Citizens (Over 62) $13 $19 (Campsite W-26 is $23.00 includes sewer hook-up)
Senior Citzens (Over 62), Two-Tent Campsies $26 Not Applicable
Youth Group (Per person) $1 $1