The state of Illinois is home to Beaver Dam State Park, which covers 750-acres of hickory and oak woodlands, perfect for a state park RV camping trip. Located very close to Carlinville, Bunker Hill and Gillespie, check out these cities on your motorhome camping trip. Search for an RV rental in Macoupin County, to gain convenient access to the park and its surrounding towns and cities. Known for a range of recreational opportunities like fishing, hiking, camping and picnicking, Beaver Dam State Park serves as an ideal getaway to unwind in the midst of nature for a couple of days.
The 59-acre lake that is a part of Beaver Dam State Park was a popular fishing spot in the late eighteenth century, and soon it was turned into the Beaver Dam Lake Club. Years later a hotel was built on a part of the land, serving people alighting at the railroad stop nearby. In 1947, the government acquired the land, and the state park came into being. Today, the park is popular for much more than just the lake and fishing opportunities.
Camping with an RV is convenient at Beaver Dam State Park, giving you easy access to all the outdoor activities around. Fishing is one of the main attractions of the park. With a maximum depth of 10 feet, and offering a little less than two miles of shoreline, anglers will enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, trout, bluegill, sunfish and channel catfish. While no motorized engines are permitted in the lake, electric trolling motors are allowed, and a boat launch and docks are available to take your boats out to the lake.
Hiking enthusiasts have over eight miles of hiking trails to explore. The trails encircling the lake offer scenic views during your hike, while the trails through the wooded areas are ideal if you want to explore the flora of the area. Get hold of a map that highlights the trails, so you know exactly where you’re going.
A highlight of the park is the Archery Range, located close to the lake. Bring your own bows and arrows, and make use of the archery range. Remember, the use of Broadhead points is not permitted. An adult must accompany youngsters below the age of sixteen.
Hunters can try their luck hunting squirrel, turkey, and deer, permitted at designated parts of the park, during regulated seasons. Be sure to read up on all hunting rules and requirements before you head out hunting.
While you are camping at Beaver Dam State Park during the winter months, you will get to enjoy ice fishing and ice-skating when the conditions are suitable. If there is adequate snowfall, then cross-country skiing and sledding are other options too.
Camping at Beaver Dam State Park
Beaver Dam State Park camping areas come equipped with 30 and 50 amp electric service, dump station, water, flush toilets, and showers. With 59 sites available, 40 sites can be reserved, while the rest are on a first-come-first served basis. There’s a designated pet area, picnic shelter, and playground for kids to run around in. If you want to pitch a tent, there’s a separate area that is equipped with restrooms, and water nearby.
If you want to camp in an RV near Beaver Dam State Park, head to the Beth-Mar RV and Mobile Park in Bethalto. With 44 sites equipped with full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewers, a dump station, restrooms and showers, it’s an option worth considering. The park is pet-friendly.
The Lankels Lazy Days RV Park in Litchfield is about 25 miles from the state park. It’s a big park with over 100 sites. Facilities include pull-thru sites, full hookups, water, electricity, tent camping, sewers, a dump station, restrooms, and showers. There’s a large playground for the kids to play in, while the beach is close by. Your four-legged friends are welcome at this park but do keep them on a leash.
Exploring the Area
Renting an RV is one of the best ways to explore the areas around Beaver Dam State Park and Macoupin County. After your visit to the state park, consider stopping by in the nearby city of Litchfield. The city, located in Montgomery County, is close to the historic US Route 66, also known as the ‘Mother Road." Take a step back in time as you visit the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center that commemorates the town’s unique history. Check out collections of postcards recording the town’s history. There are a few classic cars on display, along with a whole lot of memorabilia highlighting the history of Litchfield. Take a stroll through the downtown area, oozing Midwestern charm. Salons, antique shops, and cafes populate the sidewalks. Architecture lovers can check out the Library Park and Litchfield Carnegie Library Building, a classic revival style architectural gem, along with an 18th-century fountain nearby.
Reserve an evening for the Sky View Drive-In, a 1950’s drive-in movie theater, and the only one of its kind still operating on Route 66. Cool off at the Milnot Beach where a relaxing day awaits you and the family. Soak in some sun, float by or play a game of volleyball.
Make time for a historic meal at Ariston Café, the oldest continuously running restaurant on Route 66 that is on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Route 66 Hall of Fame!