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Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

106 RV rentals

Just eight miles southeast of McLeansboro, Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area spreads across 1,683 acres of breathtaking nature. One of the biggest attractions is the 75-acre Dolan Lake, perfect for water sports enthusiasts camping with an RV. You can search for an RV in Hamilton County and enjoy any of the park's outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Three miles of shoreline surrounded by gently rolling hills make Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area an ideal getaway for any Norris City or Carmi camper. If you're planning an RV camping …

Giant City State Park, IL

131 RV rentals

With excellent hiking and beautiful natural scenery, Giant City State Park is a wonderful destination for anyone who loves immersing themselves in the great outdoors. Located about half an hour southwest of Marion, Illinois, this 4,000-acre park is home to the Giant City Streets, which were formed more than 10,000 years ago by imposing bluffs of sandstone.

Several miles of hiking trails wind their way through this patch of untamed wilderness, while fishing, hunting, rock climbing, and horseback riding are also on offer in the park. Best of all, Giant City Campground offers 85 Class A campsites where you …

Pere Marquette State Park, IL

147 RV rentals

Pere Marquette State Park is an outdoor playground set on the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Whether you're paddling on the river, admiring the fiery fall foliage, or marveling at hundreds of migrating bald eagles, Pere Marquette State Park promises outdoor adventures for the whole family. The park occupies more than 8,000 acres and features a patchwork of hiking trails, hunting grounds, and picnic sites.

On the banks of the Illinois River, historic Pere Marquette Lodge is a handsome building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. You're welcome to warm up by the enormous 50-foot-high …

Starved Rock State Park, IL

361 RV rentals

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 …

Marshall State Park, IL

220 RV rentals

Rent a camper near Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area, and you can enjoy some of Illinois' best outdoor scenery. This picturesque refuge is centered around the Illinois River and includes the bottomlands and bluffs that line the riverbanks. The park is close to the city of Lacon and is part of the Mallard Flyway used by migrating bird species. The bluffs are lined with hardwood trees such as oak, hickory and walnut, shrubs, and wildflowers lightly decorating the ground. The riverbanks are populated with vegetation that thrives in moist areas such as cottonwood trees as well as silver maple …

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 …

Rock Cut State Park, IL

422 RV rentals

Rock Cut State Park in northern Illinois is chock full of natural beauty and recreational activities to keep you occupied. Two lakes, Pierce and Olson, accompany the 3,092 acres of rolling plains. From fishing and hiking to scheduled events and RV camping, Rock Cut State Park has plenty to offer visitors.

Scots and Canadians occupied the area of Winnebago in the mid-1800s and built a settlement. Eventually, with the construction of railroads, a crew cut through natural rock to make a suitable roadbed. Rock Cut State Park earned its name from this event and soon became an attraction to many …

Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL

109 RV rentals

Ferne Clyffe State Park is located in the state of Illinois and serves as a perfect getaway for a motorhome camping trip. Located near Illinois Route 37, the park is even accessible by the US Bicycle Route 76. On the outskirts of Goreville, which also happens to be the closest town to the state park, you’ll find renting an RV one of the best ways to explore the region. Not very far from the cities of Marion and Harrisburg, you’ll want to book an RV in Johnson County to explore the state park and cities nearby with ease. …

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 …

Apple River Canyon State Park, IL

186 RV rentals

Even though Apple River Canyon State Park is a smaller park at only 297 acres, there are still several activities to enjoy, including motorhome camping. Even if you don't own an RV, you can still spend a weekend at the state park campground. You can book an RV in Jo Daviess County and head over to the Apple River in northern Illinois.

Apple River Canyon State Park is just over three hours west of Chicago. Before pulling into the state park for a weekend of fun, stop into Stockton, only about 20 minutes from the park. You can …

Beaver Dam State Park, IL

135 RV rentals

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 …

Clinton Lake State Park, IL

149 RV rentals

Clinton Lake State Park near DeWitt is a popular destination for aquatic activities and RV camping in Illinois. This state park encompasses 9,300 acres with a 4,900-acre lake where visitors can boat, fish, or swim.

Pull your rig into the park’s campgrounds for a weekend of camping with an RV. If you don't own a vehicle, book an RV in DeWitt County for a few days of relaxing state park RV camping. Peoria is just over an hour to the northwest of Clinton Lake State Park. Stop into the town of Clinton and stock up on supplies before heading over …

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 …

Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

423 RV rentals

Established in 1945, the Rice Lake area was originally a refuge for migratory wetland birds, while a portion of land served as hunting grounds for those who donated toward the purchase of the land. Today, Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area protects 5,660 acres and now includes multiple bodies of water: Slim Lake, Big Lake, Pond Lily Lake, Goose Lake, and Lock Pond.

While most of the park's regular visitors come from Canton, Mapleton, and Peoria, the park also attracts RVers, anglers, hunters, and nature lovers from all over the United States. If you want to …

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 …

Shabbona Lake State Park, IL

411 RV rentals

Shabbona Lake State Park is located just minutes away from the sprawling metropolis of Greater Chicago. Conveniently located around a seven-mile drive from Interstate Route 39, Shabbona Lake State Park serves as the perfect natural getaway for anyone coming from Bloomington or Rockford.

Steeped in history, the park owes its name to Chief Shabbona, the leader of the Potawatomi tribe that originally settled here. It was not until 1965 that the state decided the land would be used to create a man-made lake and recreational area, ideal for those needing to escape the hustle and bustle of Chicago.

With ample …

White Pines Forest State Park, IL

408 RV rentals

White Pines Forest State Park is a beautiful place to visit no matter the time of year. Be it when the flowers are in full bloom, when the forest has a golden hue in autumn or when snow covers the floor, visitors will always find something to do. The park is located in the heart of Rock River Valley and covers 385 acres. There are plenty of recreational activities available within the park such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and camping, to name a few. The landscape is very picturesque, with gushing freshwater streams, dolomite rock formations, and fjords which allow …

Moraine Hills, IL

446 RV rentals

Moraine Hills is an outdoor recreation area near the city of McHenry in the state of Illinois. Much of the area was created by glaciers that filled the area thousands of years ago, leaving behind boulders and other rocky debris. The debris is known as "moraine,” after which the park was named. It was opened to the public in 1976 after taking five years to fully cultivate; the park is centered around Lake Defiance, a glacial lake that is still largely undisturbed and natural as there has been almost no development around it.

A large section of the park consists …

Mississippi Palisades State Park, IL

161 RV rentals

If being in the outdoors is what gets your adrenaline pumping, then a camping trip to Mississippi Palisades State Park is something worth considering. Located in the northwestern part of scenic Illinois, the park is known for its unique rock formations and steep cliffs. Just north of the town of Savanna, you can also check out the towns of Freeport and Sterling that are a little over 45 miles from the state park.

This 2500-acre state park stands right by the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple Rivers, making it one of the most scenic state parks in the …

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