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Illini Campground is ideal for RV campers looking for a secluded spot to camp near St Louis. This RV park is located at the Eldon Hazlet State Park, meaning you'll have lots of nature trails to explore. The campground is also lakeside and provides campers with beautiful views of the Carlyle Reservoir. Pets are allowed at this RV park, so you won't have to leave your pup at home. The campground also features a pool if you'd rather not swim in the lake, and there's even a camp store so you can stock up on essentials.Carlyle campers will have over 300 gravel sites to choose from while staying at the Illini Campground. Sites provide water and electric hookups and support 30/50 amp electrics. Most sites offer back-in access, and the max length allowed is 45 feet. There are also a few amenities that campers will find useful, including laundry services, showers, and restrooms.When you book an RV in Clinton County, you'll be near the sleepy city of Carlyle that offers fun activities, including wine tours, antiquing, and a few restaurants and shops. If you're looking for a big city to explore, you'll be about an hour's drive from downtown St Louis. St Louis is one of Missouri's biggest cities, and it is bursting with fun activities and cultural delights. There are also many beautiful outdoor areas worth exploring, including the Carlyle Reservoir, various state parks, and the Mississippi River.


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Camping with an RV

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.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

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

Let us help

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

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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 owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

While you're camping at the Illini Campground, you're going to want to explore the surrounding state park. Eldon Hazlet State Park consists mainly of wetlands and prairies along the Carlyle Reservoir, and it is the perfect place for a variety of activities. Hiking is popular, and there are over nine miles of trails to explore. You can also go boating in the 40-acre harbor and try some fishing, with catches that include channel catfish, bluegill, and crappie. This state park is also popular with nature watchers thanks to the area's diverse ecosystem, with animals such as deer, bluebirds, and woodchucks living around the park. This park is also a popular area for birding, with roughly 200,000 migratory waterfowl visiting the lake every year.Alternatively, you may want to explore the Mississippi and Illinois rivers during your vacation with an RV rental near Carlyle. One of the best ways to experience these rivers is by stopping at the Pere Marquette State Park. This park covers roughly 8,000 acres of limestone bluffs, forests, and prairies where the Illinois and Mississippi rivers meet. This park is another great watersports location with plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing along the river. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish, including carp, drum, and largemouth bass. There are also 12 miles of trails to explore that will take you up to the clifftops for scenic views of the forests and rivers below. Birdwatching is another favorite activity, with over 200 different species of birds inhabiting the region.Another beautiful lakeside park worth visiting with your campervan rental near Illini Campground is Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. This park is located on the banks of the 19,000-acre Rend Lake, making this one of the best locations for watersports in the region. The lake has a healthy stock of fish, and anglers can catch channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill. There's also a beautiful array of wildlife to see, including bald eagles, great blue heron, and white-tailed deer. You can even bring your four-legged friend along to experience the well-known field trials available. There's also a four-mile paved bike trail if you'd like to take a leisurely stroll.

Exploring the City

While Illini Campground camping, you'll have access to the quaint city of Carlyle, as well as St Louis. Carlyle has some vineyards and shops worth visiting; however, most campers will want to experience St Louis. The Gateway Arch Museum is the perfect way to experience St Louis' famous landmark, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch. Take a trip through time and experience the 200 years of history that helped shape the arch and St Louis.A fun family-friendly attraction to consider in St Louis is the St Louis Zoo. This massive zoo contains over 17,000 individual critters, spread across a 90-acre area. Visitors of all ages will be amazed by some of the creatures on display, such as Asian elephants, hippos, and polar bears. There are also a few activities to enjoy, including riding the zoo train, a sea lion show, and a conservation carousel.If you're looking to experience some of St Louis' culture, consider a visit to the St Louis Art Museum. This gorgeous museum was built in the early 1900s and contains over 30,000 pieces of art spanning 500 years. There is artwork from many world-renowned artists, including Monet, Gauguin, and van Gogh, on display in the museum's permanent collection. This museum is a must-see for any art lover visiting St Louis.


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Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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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.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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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.


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How does check-in work?

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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.