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Gun Creek Campground - COE

Whittington, Illinois


12165 Golf Course Drive
Whittington, Illinois 62897
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.07819
Longitude: -88.92986

Elevation: 487' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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36 Reviews

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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

You can reserve some sites on recreation.gov or try for a “walk in” site. The office opens at 3pm but a sign says look for a site and come back to pay. We opted for one of the full hookup sites which are more expensive versus an electric-only site $16. Most of the full hook up sites were full, but there were plenty of other sites. The campground is located on Rend Lake and is very scenic with some sites right on the lake. Sites are mostly back-in, asphalt and not many are level especially closer to the lake. There is a picnic table and fire pit and pole to hang a lantern. We saw nice trails, playground, showers, boat ramp and a golf course/resort nearby. The roads around the campsites are one-way and narrow, easy for your rig tires to go off the asphalt. A easily accessible dump station is available. Overall a nice park. We would return. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Site 32 - AKA (also known as) - The Boat Ramp / Water Slide. This site was OK for hookups, but man was it sloped. See the pic. Had to drop the hitch all the way to the ground to get level. Didn't see the host about. Area was clean. Hookups all worked well. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
32
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We have camped here several times. Twice on this space because we are afraid of the leveling on others. The grass is always tall but we do camp here in October and do not stay more than a day or two. Very quite, lovely view of the lake. I'm certain the back-in and leveling of sites must have caused more than a few divorces. It is awful. Fix your sites please. No one should have to spend that much time trying to level a camper; they should be enjoying the campground. Which is clean and well kept except for the long grass/poison ivy. Be prepared to level and perhaps get divorced. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
076 Eagle
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Traveling through and needed a one night stay. We like COE parks in general and this was another nice one. There are a number of different loops in the park area, which is situated around Rend Lake. The closer you get to the lake, the less level the sites. We had a good and level site, with water, sewer and 50 amp. Nearing the end of the season, but still nice and green. Lots of outdoor activities, and a god size town only a few miles away. We would use again, and would like to try in the summer. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We spent one night here. We stopped here so we could see the George Harrison Billboard Guitar mural prepared by John Cerney in Benton. These are great murals all around the country. This one is on I-57 southbound side. A very nice COE Park. Had full hookups which is unusual for our experience with COE parks. Was very busy for a COE park. Staff and campers were very friendly. Lots were not real level side-to-side. Many were very steep front to back and many campers were almost on the ground in the front and way high in the back. Drive around to pick out your best choice. Our lot was on relatively level ground front-to-back, and off level side-to-side. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is a large lake in this recreational area. Golf and lodges for large gatherings. Plus the Cerney Billboard once you get back on the interstate, headed to Benton.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Some of the sites in this COE have full hookups. We were in a beautiful back in site (#029) right on the water with full hookups. The site was quite sloped, and difficult to level our 40' fifth wheel, but we managed with being a little off. The beauty of the site was worth a degree or two off-level. Neighbors were far enough away that we had plenty of privacy and quiet. We put our dish near the water and had no trouble accessing DISH TV satellites. AT&T cell signal was okay. Interior roads were adequate to navigate. We loved this campground. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
029
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nearest grocery stores and gas stations are about 15-20 minutes away. Good idea to make sure you have all you need before you get here.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park on Rend Lake. Many sites have a view of the lake. While the sites are paved, they are not all level. Fortunately the one we had was fairly level. We only stayed one night as we were passing through, the campground is just off the highway, so it was very convenient. We would stay here again. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Stopped in on our way back to WI. This is really a nice little campground. There are both reservable and non reservable sites. Awesome lakefront sites and views. Evening sunset is awesome. Large clean showers. The other campers we met were very nice. Eagle nest on the waters edge. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Attached golf course

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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

As with most COE campgrounds, this one is well-maintained. The picnic tables are large and in good shape. The fire rings are cleaned as soon as a site is emptied. Trees are trimmed so that you don't scratch your camper. We had a great view of the lake from our site. There are a lot of trees, which is good for shade, but not for grass. It was pretty thin. Also, we were not able to use our satellite TV (Dish) because of the trees. Our neighbor couldn't get TV on his Direct satellite, either. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Most sites very unlevel. Nice COE especially during the week when it is quiet and peaceful. Weekends is extremely busy. 3 sites across from us had a total of 7 tents, 3 rv's, 3 trucks pulling boats and other vehicles. this was a common site on the weekend. Don't know what the "hosts" do. Would not stay here again on the weekend. Price is right. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Uncrowded this time of year and we had a beautiful view of the lake. Our site was pretty unlevel but manageable. The woman at the gate was chatting with some guy when we got there so we had to wait. And wait. And wait. I would advise you to just interrupt her. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
EAGLE 084
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Loved it!

Most sites are electric only, many are pretty level concrete. Bike path nearby is good for a ten mile out and back total. Has dump station and clean water available. Use your National Parks card for 1/2 off!!! We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
99
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Rend lake golf course is a block away.

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Review Count: 189
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

I liked this park, but there are 32 seriously bad sites out of the 100 available. Sites are asphalt & well spread apart with paved interior roads. Most back-ins have a good angle with the road to make for an easy in/out. There's a gorgeous lake here for water sports plus plenty of room for kids to ride bikes & play. Sites have a fire pit & picnic table. There's no wifi and satellite access is unlikely due to trees. We picked up ABC & NBC on antenna. Verizon had a strong signal. There's one nice bathhouse and a couple of small out-buildings with toilet only. Some sites are 50A electric only while some are full hook up. You can see that info on their recreation.gov web page when selecting a site. There is a dump and several water spigots in the electric only sections. Pedestals are deep in the back of each site. Now for the caveats. Some sites are so wildly unlevel that I felt compelled to tally what I saw. Generally level sites: 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 37, 38, 42, 45, 46, 60, 62, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 78, 80, 87, 92, & 96. Front to Back down-sloping sites: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 49, 50, 58, 67, 70, 79, 82, 83, 85, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100. Front to back up-sloping site: 41 Two pull-thrus (51 & 59) are okay in the middle but sloped up at both ends. I wouldn't take any of the following sites in a moderate sized fifth wheel or larger. A small travel trailer or pop-up might be okay or maybe you have mountain goat in your blood. Side to side sloping sites: 47, 64, 88, & 90. Both sloping down and side to side sloping sites: 22, 35, 43, 52, 53, 54, 61, 63, 66, & 75. These last few are laughable & unusable as they are better suited as ski jumps or skate board ramps: 1, 12, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 39, 48, 55, 56, 57, 65, 77, 81, 84, 86, & 91. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

A very clean park with spacious sites. There was a central water spigot for each section. Sites only had electric. Some sites were water front. The bathrooms and showers were clean. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure and fill with water before setting up.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We came here on Sunday afternoon in November expecting it to be pretty empty. Just the opposite. We didn't have reservations but we were able to get a decent site. It looked like most of the campers that were here were fisherman. This is a beautiful campground on Rend Lake with deep sites that are paved. The sites are not very level and take a little work to get level. We had to hunt for potable water for our fresh water tank. The water spigots scattered in the campground weren't close enough for our 50 feet of hose to reach. We drove around and found the dump station and were able to get water there. AT&T cell phone worked and so did Verizon MiFi. We used this campground just to stay overnight while traveling from Wisconsin to the south for the winter. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Gun Creek Campground - COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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