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Big Foot Beach State Park, WI

441 RV rentals

Although relatively small in size, Big Foot Beach State Park in Wisconsin has a lot to offer visitors and campers. The park is located on the banks of the huge Geneva Lake and offers both stunning views and a range of recreational activities.

Big Foot Beach State Park got its name from Chief Big Foot, who was an early Potawatomi leader in the area until they all were forcibly relocated in 1836. The park officially became a state park in 1949, and from then has continued to develop. Today, visitors can find a range of useful facilities while still maintaining much of its natural charm. Many people who rent an RV in Walworth County may also choose to explore the …

Fort Custer Recreation Area, MI

575 RV rentals

Fort Custer Recreation Area is located in southern Detroit, directly between the towns and cities of Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Delton. Covering an area of over three-thousand acres, Fort Custer Recreation Area was once used by the US military as an induction training center. Now the park offers a varied and idyllic natural landscape of lakes, dry-mesic southern forests, and the majestic banks of the Kalamazoo River. Visitors to the Fort Custer Recreation Area can indulge in top-class river and lake fishing, hiking through miles of woodland trails, and nature watching of all kinds.

This plethora of recreational activities makes Fort Custer Recreation Area the ideal place to take an RV rental in southern Michigan. Accessing the …

Green River State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

358 RV rentals

Green River State Park near Harmon has 2,565 acres of untouched natural beauty for campers and outdoor adventurers to explore. Don't worry if you don't own a camper — search for an RV rental in Lee County, then plan a getaway to the state park RV campground.

Chicago sits only about two and a half hours to the east of Green River State Park. Drive over to Amboy and stock up on supplies before setting up camp at Green River State Park. Amboy is about 20 minutes northeast of the park and a great place to pick up a few last-minute essentials for your rental RV.

Harrington Beach State Park, WI

452 RV rentals

This park is found on the outskirts of Belgium, WI, on the far eastern edge of the state. The nearest larger town is Sheboygan, located less than 25 miles to the north, while the nearest large city is Milwaukee, at less than 50 miles to the south. One of the park boundaries is the western shore of Lake Michigan, which is one of the large, five Great Lakes. This location helps to give the park its easy access to so many recreational activities.

Trails for hiking, biking, riding horses, and winter sports, like cross-country skiing, are available here. The large lake nearby offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports, including fishing and swimming. Camping and picnicking …

Holland State Park, MI

555 RV rentals

Spending time on the shores of a pristine lake makes for a relaxing vacation. Many state park RV campgrounds are situated near bodies of water, but Holland State Park in Holland, Michigan has two lakeshores to enjoy. Book an RV in Ottawa County and head over to Holland State Park for some fun on land and in the water.

Kalamazoo is a little over an hour from the park and offers a variety of shopping and restaurants. Rent a camper near Holland State Park and visit Saugatuck, under a half-hour drive south. However, you may not be able to pull yourself away from the beaches in Holland State Park long enough to explore the cities nearby!

Illini State Park, IL

374 RV rentals

There’s no shortage of RV rentals in LaSalle County, Illinois, and no shortage of scenic state parks to enjoy a motorhome camping trip. Illini State Park is in northern Illinois, just 80 miles southwest of Chicago. The 510-acre state park borders the Illinois River, across the water from the small town of Marseilles. You’ll find grassy picnic areas, dense oak forest, and beautiful cottonwoods along the river here. The park was named after the Illini natives that once inhabited the area, and there’s plenty of history to see here.

The Marseilles Moraine, features from the last ice age that flattened most of Illinois, left a little bit of a divot where Illini State Park is located. This changing …

Illinois Beach State Park, IL

505 RV rentals

Fringed by just under seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Illinois Beach State Park is popular with beach bums, avid hikers, and nature lovers of all types. The park is a breath of fresh air and treats you to sandy beaches, clear water, and pristine shoreline. It occupies more than 4,000 acres and is a fantastic place to soak up the Prairie State sunshine, with swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and camping just some of the outdoor recreation activities on offer.

As you explore the park, you'll discover a diverse ecosystem of rolling dunes, lush marshlands, sun-drenched prairies, and black oak forests. Illinois Beach is an important habitat for local flora and fauna, with more than 650 species of plants found …

Indiana Dunes State Park, IN

456 RV rentals

Indiana Dunes State Park, nestled along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, is home to 2,182 acres of beautiful sand dunes, beaches, and natural hardwood forest. This state park is part of the vast, federally-managed Indiana Dunes National Park, covering more than 15,000 acres of stunning wilderness and exhilarating activities. Established in 1925 and later designated a National Natural Landmark, Indiana Dunes State Park draws millions of outdoor adventurers with its natural beauty, remarkably beautiful lake, and tall sand dunes that stretch for miles.

Swimming, hiking, and fishing are among the most popular attractions at the park. Rent an RV in Porter County to explore the dunes and marshes which characterize this breathtaking area.

Kankakee River State Park, IL

373 RV rentals

One of the oldest state parks in the state of Illinois has very humble beginnings. Kankakee River State Park was created in 1938 when Ethel Sturges Dummer donated 35 acres to the state of Illinois to be turned into a park. Now, Kankakee River State Park near Bourbonnais is 4,000 acres of treasured, breathtaking land. RV camping at Kankakee River State Park has become a popular activity, and people from across the United States travel in to spend a few days enjoying the unspoiled setting of the park.

You don't have to own a motorhome to enjoy camping in an RV at Kankakee River State Park. Book an RV in Kankakee County for the weekend and head over to the …

Kickapoo State Park, IL

181 RV rentals

Kickapoo State Park is located in eastern Illinois near the Indiana state line, just over an hour east of Decatur, an hour and a half west of Indianapolis, and a quick shout from Westville. Surrounded by 22 ponds, this park is popular for its water activities.

In 1939, the land was purchased from a mining company, and all 1,290 acres of it was turned into a state park. A lot of the land has since been reclaimed by the lush and strong arm of nature, which resulted in most of the lakes being crystal clear. The rest of the 1,550-odd acres of the park was donated by local residents.

This park has it all. There's no shortage …

Lake Kegonsa, WI

391 RV rentals

Lake Kegonsa State Park is located in the south of Wisconsin, with excellent connections to Madison, Janesville, and Rockford, IL. Sandwiched between the bigger, and arguably more popular Lakes Koshkonong and Lake Mendota, consider an RV rental in Dane County to get away from the crowds.

Lake Kegonsa is one of many lakes that were formed as a result of the Wisconsin Glacier, which covered the vast majority of the state over ten thousand years ago. When the glacier began to retreat north, it’s meltwaters deposited huge stones, rocks, and layers of sand to create the landscapes that we can see in Lake Kegonsa State Park now.

As well as the vast lake, Lake Kegonsa State Park …

Lowden State Park, IL

424 RV rentals

An RV rental in Ogle County is a fantastic way to explore the northern central section of Illinois, and while your there be sure to explore Lowden State Park. This state park, which lies along the shores of Rock River, serves as a memorial to former Illinois Governor Frank O. Lowden who was in office during World War I. The park is home to a large, 50-foot statue that celebrates both Native Americans and, specifically, Chief Black Hawk.

RV camping at Lowden State Park is a delightful way to enjoy its 273 acres of land, which were originally designated as park space in 1945. The park is near decent-sized cities like Rockford, Oregon, and Byron, so when …