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Reservation Information

IDNR and Reserve America have joined together to bring on-line camping, cabin, group camp, and shelter reservations. The new system is available by using the Reserve America website and paying by Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
 
IDNR camping and shelter reservations will no longer be taken through the mail or over the phone.
Reservations for regular campsites and group campsites require a $5 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. For more information on our fees, please review our camping fee information.
 
Payment of the entire camping and utility fee amount will guarantee that the reservation will be held for the entire length of the stay.
 
Campsites can be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights within a 30-day period and reservations must be made three days before the campsite is needed.
 
Reservations for Memorial Day, Fourth of July  (if July 4th falls on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday) and Labor Day weekends require a two night minimum stay. Some facilities will require a three night minimum stay for Columbus Day.
 
Shelter reservation fees are $25. Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Those who fail to do so will be charged a disposal fee of $50. Shelter users who fail to pay the disposal fee will be denied future reservations until the fee is paid in full.
 
Additional Information:
  • Most campsites may be reserved from May 1 through October 31. Some parks accept reservations year-round; please review the information about the campsite you are wanting to reserve on the Reserve America website.
  • A campsite may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights.
  • Reservations will be held for the entire length of the booked stay.
  • A reserved campsite must be vacated by 3 p.m. on the last day of the reservation period.
  • Most campgrounds have first-come first-served sites, please contact the park for availability of these sites.
  • Additional permits may be required for large groups.  Please review our permits section for more information.
    Costs
    The reservation fee is $5.00, plus the entire camping fee for each camp site reserved. This $5.00 reservation fee is non-refundable unless the campground is closed by the Department of Natural Resources. The non-refundable shelter reservation fees are $25.

    Remember:
    • The $5.00 reservation fee will NOT be refunded. The camping fees will be refunded if cancelled on the website 3 days in advance of your arrival.
    • Reservations will be held for the entire camping reservation.
    •  Campers must comply with all other Department camping rules which are posted at each site.
    • Reservations must be made on the website at least seven days before the campsite is needed.
    • All cancellations must be made on the website.

    List of IDNR Sites taking Reservations

    Northwest
    Site Name
    Types of Reservations
    Available
    Days in
    Advance for Reservation
    Apple River Canyon State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Argyle Lake State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Big River State Forest
    Shelter
    3
    Castle Rock State Park
    Shelter
    3
    Delabar State Park
    Shelter
    3
    Franklin Creek State Natural Area
    Shelter
    3
    Illini State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Jubilee College State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Lowden State Park
    Camping
    3
    Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Camping
    3
    Mississippi Palisades State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Morrison-Rockwood State Park
    Camping
    3
    Prophetstown State Recreation Area
    Camping
    3
    Rock Cut State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Shabbona Lake State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Starved Rock State Park
    Camping
    3
    White Pines Forest State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Northeast
    Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camping
    3
    Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
    Shelter 
    3
    Kankakee River State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Moraine Hills State Park
    Shelter 
    3
    William W. Powers State Recreation Area
    Shelter 
    3
    East-Central
    Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Eagle Creek State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Fox Ridge State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Hidden Springs State Forest
    Shelter 
    3
    Kickapoo State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Lincoln Trail State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Moraine View State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Spitler Woods State Natural Area
    Shelter
    3
    Walnut Point State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Weldon Springs State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Wolf Creek State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    West-Central
    Beaver Dam State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Edward Madigan State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Shelter
    3
    Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Frank Holten State Recreation Area
    Shelter 
    3
    Horseshoe Lake-Madison State Park
    Shelter 
    3
    Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Nauvoo State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Pere Marquette State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Randolph County State Recreation Area
    Camping
    3
    Sand Ridge State Forest
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Siloam Springs State Park
    Camping
    3
    Washington County State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Weinberg-King State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    World Shooting Complex 
    Camping 
    3
    South
    Dixon Springs State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Ferne Clyffe State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Fort Massac State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Giant City State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Horseshoe Lake-Alexander State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Shelters
    3
    Lake Murphysboro State Park
    Camping
    3
    Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Red Hills State Park
    Camping & Shelter
    3 / 1 (Shelters)
    Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3
    Trail of Tears State Forest
    Camping & Shelters
    3
    Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
    Camping & Shelter
    3