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The small town of Oglesby is located right off of Interstate 80, just two and a half hours south of Milwaukee in the northern portion of Illinois. With Chicago and Rockford being less than two hours away, this town is easily accessible for outdoor enthusiasts and RV campers looking to explore Starved Rock State Park.

The origin of the park’s name came from a bloody legend involving a battle between the Illiniwek and Potawatomi tribes back in the 1760s. Nearly 200 years later, in 1966, Starved Rock State Park was labeled a historic landmark and has been protected as such ever since. The park is now known for its environmental integrity. Oglesby has kept the area as unaffected by humans as possible, while still allowing them to enjoy it.

The beautiful Illinois River flows right through the park’s 2,600 acres and has created a haven for tall trees, luscious green plants, and awe-inspiring animals. Explore the deep canyons and glacially carved gorges. Bring your camera to capture the glory of the park’s spectacular waterfalls.

Hikers, prepare for a treat. Hike any of Starved Rock State Park’s many trails and you’re sure to find precious wildlife, colorful flowers, and eye-catching natural landscapes. Book an RV in LaSalle County and start experiencing the sights at Starved Rock!

Getting Outdoors

Once you get your RV rental set up at one of the park’s many campsites, strap on your hiking boots and hit the paths. Starved Rock State Park features 18 canyons and 13 miles of trails. Wherever you end up, you’re bound to see a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats. Watch frolicking white-tailed deer, curious gophers, turtles, and more! Like to birdwatch? Keep your eyes peeled for the local winged friends, like herons, eagles, bitterns, and woodpeckers.

Along your walks, you might need a place to rest. Why not have a bit of lunch near a sparkling waterfall? Of the park’s 18 canyons, falls can be found at 14 of them. LaSalle County campers who come during the winter months get to see these sights take on new lives as frozen icefalls!

The Illinois River isn’t hard to find, and it’s the perfect place to launch your boat. If you’re an angler, you’ll have no trouble finding a nice spot along the river to drop your line. If the urge to swim strikes you, the park advises against doing so in the Illinois River. There’s a strong undercurrent that’s deemed unsafe. But don’t fret! You can use the local swimming pool in LaSalle.

Camping at Starved Rock State Park

Planning to do a bit of RV camping at Starved Rock State Park? There are 133 Class-A premium campsites to choose from. They come equipped with either 20, 30, or 50-amp electrical hookups. All sites have access to drinking water, bathhouses, and flush toilets. Starved Rock State Park campers will be happy to know that the park can accommodate RV rentals up to 40 feet long.

Reservations are recommended during the peak season from May to October, but the park also offers sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Domestic pets are allowed at the park and campground; just make sure to check the pet rules and restrictions.

Exploring the Area

Campers at Starved Rock State Park are in a prime location. Just a stone’s throw east of the park is the capital and cultural hub of Illinois, Chicago. Baseball fans can watch the Cubs play at the legendary Wrigley Field, or catch the White Sox down on the southside. Or maybe you’re one for hoops? Take the family into the city to see the Chicago Bulls in the United Center. With nearly 3 million people in Chicago, there are thousands of restaurants for any price range and experience preference to choose from.

Take a short trip north of the park to the big city of Milwaukee. For a bit of family fun, bring the kids to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. A variety of hands-on exhibits are sure to exercise and expand your child’s mind and keep them entertained for hours.

Is there a history buff in your group? On-site and nearby, you’ll find three nationally recognized historic places: Hegeler-Carus Mansion, La Salle County Historical Museum, and Reddick Mansion. If you’re looking for more of a grown-up experience and you don’t want to drive too far, there are two wineries and one brewery near the park. You’ll find a popular brewery in Ottawa, and two sister wineries, August Hill Winery and Illinois River Winery, in Utica.

When your RV camping trip to Starved Rock State Park and its surrounding area is through, remember to fill your tank before your next destination. There are plenty of gas stations in and around Oglesby. Once you’re ready to go, jump back on I-80 and let the open road lead the way.

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