Illini State Park RV & Campground Guide


Illini State Park lies along the southern bank of the Illinois River, opposite the city of Marseilles, IL, which inhabits the northern side of the river. The park covers 510 acres of what was once one of the most revered PGA golf courses in the country. Today, this riverside park provides excellent fishing, hiking, and views for visitors throughout the year. Located a short one-mile drive from Marseilles, IL, Illini State Park is a favorite weekend visit for urbanites from the greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.

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Spring 27-72 F
Summer 58-82 F
Fall 31-76 F
Winter 14-35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Illini State Park

Illini State Park is a year-round paradise for campers. During any season, Illini State Park is a favorite for RVers from all over the Midwest and beyond. Hundreds of other camping sites in the area, besides those at Illini, are also RV-friendly. Those looking to stay in the area who do not own an RV can easily rent one on RVshare.com.

Illini State Park Campground

The Illini State Park Campground offers 100 campsites. Flush toilets and showers, as well as fire rings and picnic tables, are available. The park borders the Illinois River at a point called Grand Rapids. Some of the riverfront on which the park rests lies along the old canal built to bypass the rapids. The park offers hiking trails, biking trails, swimming, fishing, and boating opportunities. During the winter, the park becomes a winter wonderland.

  • Water Hookup: No. Water spigots are spaced throughout the park.

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: No. An on-site dump station is available.

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet Friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $10-$30 per night

  • Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

Glenwood RV Resort

Glenwood RV Resort is an RV campground located inside the Marseilles city limits. The RV park has a total of 580 sites, 400 of which are reserved for temporary visitors. The park is full of amenities, including a combination park office and store that carries groceries and other camping necessities. A swimming pool and a pond stocked with panfish waiting for the eager angler are available inside the park. A playground, horseshoe pits, recreation hall, and nature trails round out any visit.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes, for 36 of the 400 sites available

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet Friendly: No

  • Fee: $36 - $45 per night

  • Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily

Pleasant Creek Campground

Pleasant Creek Campground is the newest RV park in the area of Marseilles. Located just 29 miles away from Illini State Park, this campground is tucked among the small hills and dales south of the Illinois River. Pleasant Creek offers RV campers 92 sites from which to choose for a temporary stay. Each site can accommodate an RV up to 50 feet in length. Amenities include a spring-fed and stocked fishing pond, a general store, a game room, volleyball and basketball courts, a playground, and a new bathhouse and shower building.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: No, a dump station is available for all visiting campers.

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet Friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $38 - $44 per night

  • Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park offers 129 premier RV camping sites. All sites in the park are equipped with a cement pad to ensure a level camping experience. Water spigots and picnic tables are available throughout the park. Two restrooms with flush toilets and showers are found on the park grounds. The park rests along the Illinois River with great views from nearly every campsite. Hiking and biking trails run up and down the river as well as through the forested areas. Canoeing and kayaking, along with fishing, are among the favorite activities of visitors to the park.

  • Water Hookup: No

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: No. A dump station is available.

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet Friendly: No

  • Fee: $10 to $30 per night

  • Office hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily

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What to Do at
Illini State Park

Inside Illini State Park

Illini State Park is a place for contemplation, fun, and family involvement. With its location along the Illinois River, this park offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. Boats must be motorized as the Illinois River along the park is a passage for large barges. On land, the park offers miles of trails through what was once a golf course. While remembering its past, you can see in this park how quickly nature returns when an area is left without maintenance. 

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How to Get to
Illini State Park

There are two main routes to Illini State Park—from the east and the west. From the east, starting in Chicago, take Interstate 55 South (I-55 S) to the Marseilles exit. The exit will take you south along LaSalle County Highway 15, which runs through Marseilles and across the Illinois River Bridge. Illini State Park is the first exit on the left. From the west, starting in the Bloomington/Normal area, take Route 39 North until you find the exit onto Route 80 East. Travel that highway to the Marseilles exit. From there, take the same route through Marseille to the park as you would if coming from the east.

Entering Illini State Park

The park has an official check-out time of 1:00 p.m. and a check-in time of 2:30 p.m. There is no fee to enter an Illinois state park. 

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It doesn't matter what season you camp at Illini State Park; your family will remember the experience for a lifetime. The most popular method used for staying at the park is RV camping. For directions on how to rent an RV, go to RVshare. After visiting the park, please email us your thoughts and photos to [email protected], and don't forget to tag us on your social media posts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Illini State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Illini State Park?

Illini State Park is a great place to visit any time of the year for people wanting to escape from the bustling Chicago metro area. However, most people enjoy visiting when the trees burst with color in the fall.

What is the climate of Illini State Park?

Illini State Park's climate is a typical Midwestern climate. Visitors can expect hot and muggy summers, cool weather during autumn and spring, and snowy conditions throughout winter.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Illini State Park?

As you hike or relax under a shade tree in this park, you'll come across white-tailed deer, squirrels, and the occasional groundhog or beaver. Put your trash away because raccoons make this park their home too!

Are there designated RV camping spots in Illini State Park?

There are 100 camping and RV sites in total at Illini State Park. These sites offer 30/50 amp electrical hookups. There are no water or sewer hookups, but the park does have a dump station.

Are pets allowed at Illini State Park?

Do you want to bring your dog on a camping trip? Illini State Park welcomes all pets. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and pets are not permitted in public buildings.