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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.

Champaign Sportsmen's Club
(217) 586-9951
Mahomet, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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KOA-St. Louis Area
(800) KOA-5861
Granite City, IL
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Rock-Cut State Park
(815) 885-3311
Rockford, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Hickory Shores Resort
(618) 749-5288
Carlyle, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
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, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Francis Park (City Park)
(309) 852-2611
Kewanee, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Kentuckiana Campground
(309) 449-3274
Hopedale, IL
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Timber Lake Resort & Campground
(800) 485-0145
Mount Carroll, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Lincoln Trail State Park
(217) 826-2222
Marshall, IL
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Tincup RV Park
(217) 586-3011
Mahomet, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Fort Massac State Park
(618) 524-4712
Metropolis, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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