Chain O'Lakes State Park
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers.
The park has much to offer but cannot give it five stars for the campground. The bathrooms were not well maintained during our two day visit. Had to drive between all of them to find one where the men's bathroom had a non - plugged /working toilet that didn't have visible fecal matter on the floor or the stall walls. Have heard such great things, I suspect we may have hit it at a bad time. Boat rentals were great. Campsite was decent size. General store well stocked (but like all convenience stores, pricey). Firewood was available and our fire pit was recently cleaned and ready.
Stuck between four and five stars, but it's a good big park. We stayed in a cabin for a night and it was nice. I would do it again, but I hope I don't hear a mouse chewing away in the kitchen again or see mouse droppings by the window. Its a cabin, out in the woods, and April. What do you expect? Would like to see the price drop though considering there are no linens, towels, and stuff kept falling from the ceiling onto the bed. We walked a lot of trail 6 and it was perfect for two adults and a four and two year old. We've gone to other state parks like Turkey Run or Hocking Hills that are just two dangerous for young children. This trail at chain-o-lakes was easy and the kids could pretty much run and explore. You could also see where in really muddy areas on the trail they had put down some rocks to make it easier for walkers. There are also many other trails as the park is huge, but we only did one. There are fire pits, grills, and kid parks throughout the park. I recommend checking it out.
Great well maintained trails, campsites for everyone; primitive thru RV sites. Dogs are welcome, but must remained leashed at all times. Bathrooms are typical campground facilities, ugh, minus 1 star for that but everything else was pretty cool and fun!
Enjoyed our first camping trip here. Facilities were better than expected and the park is great. Will definitely visit again.
Beautiful park and nice camp ground. We enjoyed the hiking. Prices to rent canoes and boats very affordable.