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  Campground & Shelter Reservations  

 

IDNR and Reserve America have joined together to bring on-line camping, cabin, group camp, and shelter reservations. The new system is available by using the Reserve America website www.reserveamerica.com and using a Visa or a MasterCard.

IDNR camping and shelter reservations will no longer be taken through the mail or over the phone.

Reservations for regular campsites and group campsites require a $5 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. For more information on our fees, please review our camping fee information.

Payment of the entire camping and utility fee amount will guarantee that the reservation will be held for the entire length of the stay.

Campsites can be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights per 30-day period and reservations must be made between three to seven days before the campsite is needed, depending on the facility - see the chart below (Days in Advance for Reservation).

Reservations for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends may require a two-or three-night minimum stay reservation. Some facilities will require a three night minimum stay for Columbus Day.

Shelter reservation fees are $25. Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in
the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Those who fail to do so will be charged a disposal fee of $50. Shelter users who fail to pay the disposal fee will be denied future reservations until the fee is paid in full.

 

Additional Information:

  • Most campsites may be reserved from May 1 through October 31. Some parks accept reservations year-round; please review the information about the campsite you are wanting to reserve on the Reserve America website. http://www.reserveamerica.com.
  • A campsite may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights.
  • Reservations will be held for the entire length of the booked stay.
  • A reserved campsite must be vacated by 3 p.m. on the last day of the reservation period.
  • Most campgrounds have first-come first-served sites, please contact the park for availability of these sites.
  • Additional permits may be required for large groups. Please review our permits section for more information.

Costs

The reservation fee is $5.00, plus the entire camping fee for each camp site reserved. This $5.00 reservation fee is non-refundable unless the campground is closed by the Department of Natural Resources. The non-refundable shelter reservation fees are $25.

Remember:

  1. The $5.00 reservation fee will NOT be refunded. The camping fees will be refunded if cancelled on the website 7 days in advance of your arrival.
  2. Reservations will be held for the entire camping reservation.
  3. Campers must comply with all other Department camping rules which are posted at each site.
  4. Reservations must be made on the website at least seven days before the campsite is needed.
  5. All cancellations must be made on the website.

 

Listing of IDNR sites taking Reservations:

Northwest
Site Name
Types of Reservations
Available
Days in
Advance for Reservation
Apple River Canyon State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Argyle Lake State Park
Camping & Shelter
3
Big River State Forest
Shelter
7
Castle Rock State Park
Shelter
5
Delabar State Park
Shelter
7
Franklin Creek State Natural Area
Shelter
7
Illini State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
5
Jubilee College State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Lowden State Park
Camping
7
Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area
Camping
7
Mississippi Palisades State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Morrison-Rockwood State Park
Camping
7
Prophetstown State Recreation Area
Camping
7
Rock Cut State Park
Camping & Shelter
5
Shabbona Lake State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Starved Rock State Park
Camping
3
White Pines Forest State Park
Camping & Shelter
5
Northeast
Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park
Camping
3
Chain O' Lakes State Park
Camping & Shelter
3
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
Shelter 
5
Kankakee River State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Moraine Hills State Park
Shelter 
7
William W. Powers State Recreation Area
Shelter 
7
East-Central
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Eagle Creek State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
3
Fox Ridge State Park
Camping & Shelter
3
Hidden Springs State Forest
Shelter 
5
Kickapoo State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Lincoln Trail State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Moraine View State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Spitler Woods State Natural Area
Shelter
5
Walnut Point State Park
Camping & Shelter
3
Weldon Springs State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Wolf Creek State Park
Camping & Shelter
3
West-Central
Beaver Dam State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Edward Madigan State Fish & Wildlife Area
Shelter
7
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
5
Frank Holten State Recreation Area
Shelter 
7
Horseshoe Lake-Madison State Park
Shelter 
7
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Nauvoo State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Pere Marquette State Park
Camping & Shelter
5
Randolph County State Recreation Area
Camping
7
Sand Ridge State Forest
Camping & Shelter
7
Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Siloam Springs State Park
Camping
7
Washington County State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Weinberg-King State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
World Shooting Complex 
Camping 
7
South
Dixon Springs State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Fort Massac State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Giant City State Park
Camping & Shelter
7
Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Horseshoe Lake-Alexander State Fish & Wildlife Area
Shelters
5
Lake Murphysboro State Park
Camping
7
Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Red Hills State Park
Camping & Shelter
7 / 1 (Shelters)
Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7
Trail of Tears State Forest
Camping & Shelters
7
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
Camping & Shelter
7

 

For additional information only, contact:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Land Management
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271


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