Crab Orchard Lake Campground

If you're looking for a campground in the state of Illinois with direct access to both nature and urban amenities, look no further than Crab Orchard Lake Campground. This breathtaking waterfront Illinois campground is situated on the shores of its namesake lake and nestled among trees, offering a solitude so complete you can hear the quiet. At the same time, it is only minutes away from Carbondale, where you can find whatever you need with little effort. This is what makes RV vacations so exhilarating, stepping out of your rental RV home-on-wheels and finding nature right at your feet. You can rent sites here by the day or week and choose from full hookups, water-electric, electric-only, or no hookups, depending on your preference.Once you're here, relax and enjoy the simplicity that this family-friendly RV park offers or spread out and see what's nearby. The campground is part of the larger Crab Orchard Lake National Wildlife Refuge which allows hunting, fishing from boats or shoreline structures such as piers, and other activities. The refuge is an idyllic setting for nature photography, and it has an auto tour taking you through the wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands that comprise the refuge; you'll have access to several observation blinds which are peppered along the autoroute. The refuge offers environmental education and interpretative programs to the general public if you'd like to learn more about the region, its ecosystems, and its wildlife.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

RV rentals in Jackson County are your best bet for finding an RV rental that is perfect for you. Once you've found it, point it towards Trail of Tears State Forest near Anna, IL. Trail of Tears is a multi-use nature preserve that provides timber resources through selective logging, preserves the native wildlife and ecosystems, protects the area's watersheds, and allows for public outdoor recreation. The park has dedicated hiking trails that traverse the hills and valleys where you'll have an up-close view of the vegetation and wildlife, but hiking on the fire trails is also allowed. There are several picnic areas within the park, each having a table and grill, drinking water outlets, and restrooms; there are additional picnic areas located on the park's gravel roads.Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is a unique geographical area located between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and consisting of bottomland forest, swamp, and wetland communities. The result is a diverse collection of wildlife that includes varieties of birds and mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The refuge is open to the public for outdoor recreation with the exception of one section designated for the protection of shorebirds, waterfowl, and migratory birds. You can take this opportunity to observe the birds within the public areas as well as canoe or kayak on the waters; equipment can be rented inside the park. You can also use your RV rental as a type of blind while enjoying a warm beverage.Shawnee National Forest is an outdoor recreational area just north of the Missouri border, near the Ozark Plateau; its geography ranges from wetlands to statuesque rugged bluffs and includes vast areas of forest. It's the perfect place for you to enjoy hiking; mountain biking is allowed on the park's dirt roads, but you should exercise caution as these roads are also used by heavy vehicles (there are no bicycle trails in the park; existing trails are designated for foot traffic only). You can fish in the lakes and ponds within the park with the appropriate licenses, and there are scenic roads allowing you to take an auto tour of the park.

Exploring The Area

While you are here, you should take the time to experience some of Illinois' culture and a good place to do that is Carbondale which is known for its selection of vineyards and wineries, among other attractions. If it's entertainment you seek, there is a stadium where you can watch local high school and university basketball teams and a theater that supports local stage productions. There's a shopping mall if you feel in the mood to browse and numerous restaurants where you can refuel when you're ready.Marion has a historical museum and library housed in a former jail with the original gallows on-site. The staff who manage the site are very knowledgeable, not only about the facts and details but also about the stories that have been handed down from one generation to the next. The town has a mandala garden owned and maintained by a local family and open to the public (you should call ahead, however, to let them know you're coming); a variety of animals wander about adding to the serenity of the area. There is a good selection of places to eat, all of which are reasonably priced and some of which specialize in breakfast. You can choose from Thai or Indian cuisines, steakhouses and barbecue joints, and much more; if you're serious about your dining experiences, you might want to pencil this destination in for several meals.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.