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Camping Tricks & Tips Crete IL

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

Emerald Trails Campground
(800) 870-8357
Crete, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Boating, Lake Fishing, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Washington County Lake (State Cons Area)
(618) 327-3137
Nashville, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
(847) 546-2228
Volo, IL
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
(618) 629-2320
Sesser, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area
(309) 246-8351
Lacon, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Lake Murphysboro State Park
(618) 684-2867
Murphysboro, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Jubilee College State Park
(309) 446-3758
Brimfield, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pond Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Black Hawk Valley Campground
(815) 874-9767
Rockford, IL
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Hansen's Hide Away Ranch & Family Campground
(815) 732-6489
Oregon, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Hickory Hill Campground*
(309) 744-2407
973 CR 2250 E
Secor, IL
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stream Fishing, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Tra

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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