Illini State Park RV & Campground Guide

Illinois

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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Weather
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. 

Outside Illini State Park

Illini State Park is a short drive to some of the best restaurants and shopping centers in rural Illinois. If you find that you need something more than what you have on hand, then it is easy to find within the city of Marseilles. Out-of-state visitors will also find the 90-minute drive to Chicago to be well worth the time. 

Restaurants

Marseilles Family Restaurant

If you are looking for a traditional family-style meal, check out the Marseilles Family Restaurant. This establishment offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Try the steak skillet or lumberjack breakfasts when you are starting your day.

Type: American

Location: 550 E Bluff Street, Marseilles, IL 61341

Bobaluk’s Beef and Pizza

At Bobaluk’s Beef and Pizza, you order from a menu that includes pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, fried chicken, and salads. Try one of the chicken buckets to satisfy a family on the go.

Type: Pizza, American, Fast Food

Location: 458 Main Street, Marseilles, IL 61341

Shopping

Spaces

Good antique shops are hard to find. For quality antiques at a reasonable price, try Spaces in Ottawa, IL. The store is only 9 miles down the road from Marseilles and is easy to find.

Location: 221 W Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350

Keke’s Sweet Shop

At the end of an energy-depleting day, visit Keke’s Sweet Shop in Ottawa, IL. The shop offers candies, fudges, cakes, sherbets, and flavored popcorn for you and the kids to enjoy while cooling down in the evening.

Location: 216 W Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350

Peru Shopping Mall

The closest shopping mall is in Peru, IL, 28 miles from Marseilles. At the Peru Shopping Mall, there are multiple outlet stores, including some famous brands such as Bath & Body Works, Marshalls, and Secret Nails. Drop in to shop any of the 28 available stores.

Location: 3940 Route 251, Peru, IL 61354

Sightseeing

Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall

Take time to stop at the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall and remember those who lost their lives in worldwide conflicts. The memorial is a granite wall erected in 2004 to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflicts and terrorist attacks from 1979 to 2004.

Location: 229 Main Street, Marseilles, IL 61341

Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark

When the weather gets nasty and the kids get restless, take a trip to Utica to the Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark. The park is a safe and adventurous place for kids and adults to ride water slides, wave pools, a lazy river, and enjoy a 15-person hot tub.

Location: 2643 IL Route 178, Utica, IL 61373

Owen Lovejoy Homestead

Inject some historical education into your trip with a visit to the Owen Lovejoy Homestead. The home was a major stop for the Underground Railroad that enslaved persons fleeing the South used as a safe house. The homestead is now a museum that explains the sacrifices made by so many to free so few.

Location: 905 E Peru Street, Princeton, IL 61356

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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. 

Park Entry : $0

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.