Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park - stretching 6.5 miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois - offers a full range of recreation opportunities at one of the most unique and beautiful natural settings in America.
Illinois Beach is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state, with dunes and swales, sprawling marshes, forests of oak and vast arrays of animal life and vegetation.
We camped in an RV and loved this location. We stayed in the 300's first for the 50 amp, but it is mainly a parking lot. Positives are that you can hear the waves crashing nearby, restrooms/showers are close and sites are level. Cons - too busy in that area, not as scenic. Restrooms need TLC and could be cleaned more often. We moved to the 100's to have a better view. Had 30 amp which was still fine...Could not hear the waves as good, but we had a great shady spot with not as many neighbors. We love the location, lots of things to do close by, including Chicago only 45 minutes away. Resort and conference center is within biking distance and has a bar and restaurant with great views. Site 110 was great. First come, first serve for the 100's.We would definitely stay here again.
Stayed for 5 days had thanksgiving with our SAILOR in the rv. Beach is beautiful. Limited hook ups. Park patrol officer needs some help with friendliness but I won't let him bring me down.
We really enjoyed staying here, right along the lake front. Hearing the waves on the shore while falling asleep was fantastic! The sites are a little close together and with little greenery between them, but level and clean for the most part. The abandoned pavilions along the water front trail were a little disappointing and the and decommissioned nuclear power plant next store that was in the process of being dismantled was a somewhat disconcerting, but just something you have to accept in life. We hope to return someday when the wind and waves may be up a little more to be able to enjoy the feel and sounds of the waterfront even more!
Went off season and it was mostly great. Lots of deer, a great place for long walks, warm bathrooms. The showers sucked. Water varied from warm to cold. You had to press a button and the sprayer was wide and wild.
Love this Beach State Park. It is beautiful. The beach doesn't run big like the one off of Waukegan beach, plus half of it is rocks which sucks. The beach is longer, but the sand runs like 30ft in til you hit the water. Nonetheless, they have a nice hiking trails that run pretty long, just be careful out there I spotted a big coyote, I mean huge. They have a whole bunch of picnic spots. They don't have as many volleyball nets as Waukegan. The north side of the beach has a sidewalk that runs by the beach about a mile or two that people love to bike on, its really cool. That side has a camping site behind the trees where you can park your trailer or camper there it is inexpensive. I don't think you can go and have a campfire by the beach but if you're camping there overnight, I don't see why not. The south side has a hiking trail that's kind of long but nice. Lots of runners and bicyclist love that trail so it's relatively safe. There's is no WiFi but you're stupid if that's why you're going to complain, this is a place to appreciate nature.