Kankakee River State Park RV & Campground Guide


Kankakee River State Park is in northeastern Illinois in the town of Bourbonnais. The park encompasses 4,000 acres along both sides of an 11-mile stretch of the Kankakee River. The park sits on land the Potawatomi Indians called "Te-yar-ac-ke," which means "wonderful land." The park is a favorite spot for fishing, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, camping, and more within a stunningly peaceful setting. The towns of Kankakee, Frankfort, and Bradley are within a short distance to fill out your trip with dining, shopping, and activities.

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Spring 29-63 F
Summer 59-85 F
Fall 31-78 F
Winter 20-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Kankakee River State Park

The best way to experience every state park is to travel and stay in an RV. Having a cozy space in which to unwind after a day full of activities creates lovely memories. Many state parks provide affordable on-site RV camping facilities that put all the fun right at your doorstep. 

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Kankakee River State Park

Kankakee River State Park has two RV-accessible campgrounds for your enjoyment. The Potawatomi campground offers shower facilities, a dump station, and flush toilets, and all sites have electricity hookups. The campsites are for RVs 35 feet long or smaller. Nightly rates run from $10 to $35. The Chippewa campground has Class B and Class C sites but no shower facilities and few electric sites. A pump for water and a dump station are available. Nightly rates range from $8 to $20.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes (Potawatomi), some (Chippewa)

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Picnic area, grills, nature center, playground, shelters

Kankakee South KOA Campground

A short drive from the park is the Kankakee South KOA Campground in Chebanse, Illinois. The campground's amenities include a swimming pool, game room, playground, volleyball, and basketball. Rates range between $42 and $75 nightly.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Scheduled activities seasonally, camp store, dog park, trash pickup

Enchanted Shores Campground

The Enchanted Shores Campground in Peotone, Illinois, is a quiet respite from exploration with campsites in a country setting. A store offers camping essentials, and spots are available for $35 nightly.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, playground, propane, laundry, basketball court, volleyball

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What to Do at
Kankakee River State Park

Inside Kankakee River State Park

Kankakee River State Park offers activity options all year. Try biking, hiking, equestrian trails, camping, canoeing, fishing, and geocaching. Unusual options for fun include the archery range, metal detecting, snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, hunting, and boating. Miles of trails, many of them paved, follow both sides of the river and allow you to take in nature and observe all types of wildlife.

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How to Get to
Kankakee River State Park

From the north or south: Take I-57 to Exit 315 (Bradley-Bourbonnais); then, take Route 50 south to Armour Rd. Turn right on Armour Road to the third stoplight, Route 102. Turn west (right) on Route 102 and travel 7 miles to the park entrance. 

From the north: Take I-55 to Exit 238 (Braidwood); then, go south on Route 129 to Strip Mine Rd. Turn east (left) and travel into Wilmington where you will turn right on Water Street, which then becomes Route 102. The park is 10 miles east of Wilmington.

From the south: Take I-55 north to the Dwight Exit (Route 17). Turn east and travel about 20 miles and take a left (north) onto Warner Bridge Road and travel 10 miles where you turn right (east) onto Route 102. The park office is 1.5 miles ahead. 

The Kankakee River State Park address is 5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.

Entering Kankakee River State Park

Kankakee River State Park is open daily. Day-use hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kankakee River State Park Entry per person : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Kankakee River State Park

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

Summer is an excellent time to explore Kankakee River State Park. The warm conditions at this time of the year make the park a haven for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and camping.

What is the climate of Kankakee River State Park?

Kankakee River State Park has a continental climate with long, warm, and humid summers. The winter months are always cold, windy, and snowy. Spring and fall feature moderate temperatures and average rainfall.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Kankakee River State Park?

Kankakee River State Park is abundant with coyotes, foxes, deer, and beavers. You might also see herons, bluebirds, and blackbirds soaring in the skies, or come across snakes and frogs near the banks of the Kankakee River.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Kankakee River State Park and what is the cost?

Reserving a spot at Kankakee River State Park is not a requirement. Booking is necessary if you want to guarantee a site, especially during holidays. The cost of reservation varies depending on the site you select.

Are pets allowed at Kankakee River State Park?

Pets are allowed at Kankakee River State Park but must be under kept under control. Pet owners must keep their furry friends on a leash and attend to them at all times.