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Illinois Beach State Park

Zion, Illinois


1 Lake Front Drive
Zion, Illinois 60099
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Sites: 241
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.43039
Longitude: -87.80986

Elevation: 591' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • 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 no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • 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 yes
  • 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 no
  • 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 ?
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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36 Reviews

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Camp ground: Very nice. Plenty of space between camping spots. We reserved a spot in the 300 section that backed to Lake Michigan. It was a little too steep for our 38 ft motorhome so we ended up moving to a level first come first serve site on the 100 section. There weren't many people camping during the week. Full park with no campsites available over weekend. We thought it would be noisy over the weekend. Very quiet. Several people had campfires going. Lots of kids riding bikes~With this in mind drive slow. We seen several people driving faster than the 10 mph speed limit. Showers were extremely clean. Could use new shower curtain but that's minor. The water pressure is hard and awesome!! Several playground areas for kiddos. Super friendly staff. Eager to answer your questions. Campground is well kept and very clean. Regarding beach past resort area: We drove by day after our arrival (7-9-19) to see where to take our kayaks out onto Lake Michigan. For us too many people just hanging out in parking lot for no reason. Loud music playing from their vehicles. We decided with so many people just loitering around it might not be safe to leave our Jeep out of sight to go kayaking. Very clean beach. Several people out swimming. No lifeguard on duty. Beach appears to be littered with trash, but when you get closer you realize it's big white rocks and lots of shells. Perfect place to build a sand castle. No dogs allowed on beach area. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
117
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

We checked out Kenosha, WI and Chicago. We planned on riding the Metra into Chicago but the times didn't really work out for us. So we drove and paid the price in parking. So much to see and do in Chicago. We caught a Cubs game and did sightseeing on the hop on hop off bus.

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Review Count: 137
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 26

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

This was a nice park right on the shore of Lake Michigan. We had a site in the 300 row, closest to the water. There was a stand of trees and a bit of marshy area between us and the lake, but you could hear the waves. Lots of places to ride your bicycle, trails lead into town. It filled up on the weekend and of course there were lots of campfires, but that's what you do when you go camping! We enjoyed our stay here, even though the water was too cold for swimming or boarding. We'll get another chance at Lake Michigan later in the summer - looking forward to that because the water was as clean as could be. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
305
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

We went north to the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI. It's brand new now and very pricey. Save your money and buy your cheese curds at Walmart or Kroger - same stuff for a lot less $$$.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We love this park even though it does not have all the site amenities of most RV Parks. Sites are spaced well and wooded. Very common to see deer. I enjoy riding along the lake path. If you need full hook-ups to be comfortable this is not the place for you. If you like a very nice setting, it works well. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
385
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Nice park. A balance between out of the way and close to town. My favorite part was listening to the waves on lake Michigan. The 300 row is closest to the lake and our A class let us see over the dunes to the lake. It was very full of Mosquitoes. We stayed in our rig as they came at us in swarms. Literally like the old "OFF" commercials they used to play. I was told by another camper that this was unusual, but it was our experience. Sites are only electric. Water and dump station at back of park. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
323
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Close to Zion and Waukegan ILL. Good camp store. Although the 300 was closest to the shore, most of the sites in all rows were beautiful.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Not impressed with stay here. Positives, level gravel site that is shaded with lots of space between sites. Negatives, bathrooms unkept with dead insects on walls and screens. 2 showers in women's bathroom. One appears to be handicapped or family. Someone was washing their dog in that one. Noted no signs prohibiting pets in bathrooms. The other shower is very small. Showers are push button with no options to regulate temperature. Beach area is not very big and is rocky. At 8pm there were announcements over loudspeaker for beach area to be vacated. Parking area unkept and looks like grass hasn't been cut all season. Abandoned concession stands kind of spooky. Paved walking trails. Would not go back. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Very beautiful spot. Spacious sites. Water access. Good walking and biking trail along Lake Michigan. Good mix of tents and rv sites. We were a bit disappointed by the dilapidated abandoned-looking state of the water access trail and ancient abandoned concession stands on the lake with gang griffiti painted over, but other than that, this was a great place. We would come again. Bathrooms old but clean and functioning. Campground has lots of trees -- good place to hang a hammock. No water hookup or sewer hookup, but both available on campground. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
260
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
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: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 12 nights while attending numerous Chicago Art Fairs (expect terrible traffic and delays if going to downtown Chicago). Park is HUGE and well kept; has 2 large loops and a small "boutique" loop off to the right near the beach parking lot that has tons of shade and only a few spots. Beach was great. Our dogs loved the beach walk North. We had nice weather and variable temps, a few hot days and some cool. Our site was 303, mostly sunny but not hot, near the beach access and picnic area, only 100 feet to water/trash/small camp store (weekend only). Staff was good, only really had any close neighbors on the weekends and they were fine as well. All in all, a great base of ops for our Chicago trips. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
303
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Lewis Fresh Market, awesome fresh fruit and pretty much everything else.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

I have mixed feelings about this park. It is very nice with trees, walking path etc. and easy beach access. On the other hand, there is little maintenance. The bathrooms need updating. No soap is provided in the bathrooms. The shower is a push button you get water at whatever temp until it times out. There are beach concession buildings and showers that according to a local have been abandoned and boarded up for decades. They did frequently empty the trash cans. Staff was friendly. There is no charge to enter the main park which is adjacent to the camping area. There is a HUGE public parking area for the beach which is next to the campground. We saw some undesirables in that lot the first few days which we reported to staff. After that we saw more police presence and no more questionable activity. You can't stay longer than two weeks so no permanent folks. No sewer so most are there for a couple of days by my observation. We were there two weeks so dumped once and conserved after that and dumped on our way out. We were there for Memorial Day weekend and while it was full it was not crazy and neither was the beach area. A host told us they just became a no alcohol park (there are signs up). We did not witness any alcohol incidents although no one is naive enough to think there was NO alcohol in the park. Roads are easy to navigate in our big rig. Most sites are level but some have a slope so if you are in a large RV scout them out first. Some have more shading than others and that affects satellite reception. Staff patrols frequently. Sites are very wide and deep. Plenty of overflow parking. Our power was a 30 amp plug, but a sticker on the box said not to exceed 24 amps. We blew the breaker several times even though we were not using the A/C or high amp things all at once. The 50A sites are either handicapped paved sites or the 50A area which is side by side in an open paved lot with limited shade. It is like being in a Walmart parking lot with a power pedestal. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Go to Louie's in Waukegan. It is a 70+ year old bar/restaurant that is like stepping back in time. I though Al Capone was going to walk in. The food is FANTASTIC. Portions generous and reasonable prices. Owner is very friendly. The bread is out of this world.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

There is a $5 fee if you use reserveamerica.com - well worth if planning to visit during the busy summer months especially on a weekend. Verizon cell and Sprint Myfi worked well. This is a lovely, large campground inside of a huge state park along side Lake Michigan. There is lots of green grass and big trees with walking/biking trails for miles plus there is the nearby beach/lake. The sites are nicely cleared and level. While the park does not offer water/sewer at the sites, there are many locations to obtain fresh water and there are bath houses and toilets throughout the campground. There are ADA accessible sites, a place to purchase firewood & ice and a large dump station (two lanes) with ability to obtain fresh water. We found the staff to be VERY friendly - not only at check-in but also when we added on days (since we loved it so much) and again when we inquired about how to take the train to Chicago. The Permit Booth has train and L/Bus schedules to help you plan your trip. Because we wanted 50 amp, we were in the paved section but you still have a "camp feel" with a large sites, grassy area, picnic table and fire pit. We were able to obtain a DirecTV signal but some sites might not allow it due to trees. The nearby Camp Host was available and helpful. There are conveniences close by including an OscoJewel and Walmart. We highly recommend this park. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
355
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Depending on your plan, investigate I-Pass for tollroads. It works in numerous states. You can buy one at Jewel Osco. If you have more than two axels, you'll also need a Blue I-Pass for your coach which can be obtained at I-Pass offices (we went to the one at Lake Forest Oases). It's easy to take the train to Chicago but takes time. As daunting as public transit may seem, it is MUCH better than driving into the city.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This park is right on Lake Michigan it has an area with pine trees that is wonderful. Nice breeze lots of shade.
They seem to be tearing something down close by as there is quite a lot of daytime noise but it didn't really bother us too much.
There is a bike trail right adjacent to the park we are going for a bike ride in a little while. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
250
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient grocery store. The park is really right in town. It's a small town but still everything is nearby.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stay at this park occasionally when visiting Chicago. Sites are very generous. The beach is small and rocky and some buildings are in disrepair. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
234
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

We like to go to downtown Chicago and you can take the train from Waukegan station. It is a long drive especially with traffic.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This park is one of our favorite places. Sites are shaded and large enough for our trailer. Love being on the lake. Normally we see several deer but this year we have only seen two. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
276
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Events on the beach. Resort restaurant has good food. Trail to walk or ride bike.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park. Short walk to the beach at Lake Michigan. Plenty of trails to ride our bikes, or walk. Easy access to local retailers for those things you forgot.

We'll be back after we work through the west! We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
201
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

There were no water or sewer hook-ups. The water from the entry way main spigot smelled really bad. Had trouble with electric outlet at 2 of the 3 sites we were renting. The beach right next to the campground was not suitable for swimming and the concession stand nearby was closed down. Lots of biting flies at the campground. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Beach is nearby but best to drive to next to the lodge to swim as the swimming nearby the camp sites is not good.

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Review Count: 231
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

With no water or sewer you are forced to use the dirty, nasty showers and restrooms. Fill up your water tank before parking. The only positive is our big rig site on blacktop was level. Did not enjoy and won't stay again. We camped at Illinois Beach State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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