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Camping Tricks & Tips Wood Dale 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.

Lincoln Springs Resort
(877) 770-0223
Charleston, IL
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Lake Fishing, Mini Golf

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Lowden Memorial State Park
(815) 732-6828
Oregon, IL
Campground Availability
1-May thru 28-Feb
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Tiki RV Park
(815) 224-1109
La Salle, IL
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Horseshoes, Basketball

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Argyle Lake State Park
(309) 776-3422
Colchester, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Sam Dale Lake (State Cons Area)
(618) 835-2292
Cisne, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Fishermens Corner Rec. Area (COE-Thomson Park)
(800) 645-0248
Hampton, IL
Campground Availability
9-Apr thru 24-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Emerald Acres Campground
(815) 443-2550
Pearl City, IL
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pond Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Woodhaven Lakes
(815) 849-5209
Sublette, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Millpoint Park
(309) 231-6497
East Peoria, IL
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 30-Nov
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Wood
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Geneseo Campground*
(309) 944-6465
22978 Illinois Hwy 82
Geneseo, IL
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
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, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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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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