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Starved Rock State Park

Rt. 178
Utica, IL 61373
4 Reviews
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Limited number of toilets per restroom facility. No site trash pick-up. Trash must be driven to dumpster as one exits park.

Received from Glenn W for visit in Aug 2008

Site Number: 60
Stay Again? YES
We arrived on a Sunday with our pop-up around lunch time to find the check-in station closed and a "Campground Is Full" sign. Being that is was late October, we guessed the sign had simpy not been taken down from the night before. This was correct, there were many sites open and almost all were being vacated by 3 PM that day, the check-out time. Overall, this is a nice, attractive campground with 133 sites. 100 can be reserved in advance and are always booked on the weekends from May through Oct. If you do reserve in advance, sites 69 through 127 are wooded, the rest are in open areas. The best sites were #95, 96, and 97 in my opinion. On the down side, the campground is a distance from the park itself (visitor center and lodge) and has no access to trails. On the wooded loop of 75 campsites, there is only one set of port-potties and the shower house with flush toilets is a long walk away. We also found the shower house to be kind of dirty, we would not have showered there. We would stay here again for 1 night, where we wouldn't have to shower.


Received from Vicki L for visit in October 2005

Site Number: 73
Stay Again? YES
Starved Rock Campground is south of the state park and offers 133 Class A campsites. Each site has a fire pit, a picnic table, electricity and gravel driveway. Regular camping fees are $16 ($11 plus a $5 non-refundable reservation fee). Special rates are offered for Illinois senior citizens and veterans. Seven campsites are accessible for people with disabilities. When driving into the campground area, there is a split for reserved and non-reserved campsites. Sites 1-58 are non-reserveable and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. These sites are all open campsites on a large grass area. Of the reserveable sites (59-133), sites 69-127 are wooded and the twenty non-wooded sites are up near the front of the campground and within close walking distance to the flushable showers and toilets. The campsites in the wooded area are closest to the pit toilets. The wooded sites have a lot of gravel so take this in consideration if you will be sleeping in sleeping bags without some type of mattress. Starved Rock Campground is about a five minute drive from the Visitorís Center. A few times on our drive we saw deer and rabbits. You are not able to burn wood found on the campground because an animal may be using it as a home. It is not necessary to bring firewood with you, however, as there are signs directing campers to locals selling firewood. One local sells 15 pieces of wood for $5. Most people respect the campgroundís quite hours from 10pm through 7am. Even during the day the only noises are campers laughing, children playing and the occasional car driving to their campsite. There is a paved road which leads to each site with a speed limit is 10mph which mostly filled with bicyclists during the afternoon. Campsite 86 was assigned to us with our reservation. We were happy with this site because it is secluded and feels woodsy. The trees are very tall, but leave enough opening to see some stars at night. Before leaving, we drove up and down the road and marked down our top three picks for campsites for the next time we go. Even though we liked all the wooden ones, we noticed that some were closer to their neighboring site which would be good for group camping, and others are more secluded. There is also a difference in the sizes of the individual campsites. Sites 95, 96 and 97 are all the furthest from the campground entry and are also the largest wooded campsites available. These spacious sites let up put up your tent deeper in the woods so your tent will be on the softer grass instead of the rocky gravel. There are both pit toilets and restrooms complete with showers and flush toilets scattered throughout the campgrounds. A separate youth group camping area and a childrenís playground are also available.

Received from WH for visit in Jul 2006

Site Number: 86
Stay Again? YES
Reserve sites were mostly wooded. Clean facilities. Front gate is manned, so that helped with traffic. Hiking trails in park were excellent. All ability levels. Kids loved small waterfalls. Beautiful scenery!

Received from C F for visit in Jun 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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