Camping in the 815
See below for some great local camping locations, as well as some information on how to camp responsibly!
Resources for Camping Responsibly:
- Fire safety and local parks that permit campfires
- National Park Service Campfire Recommendations
- The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, an easy set of guidelines to help lessen the environmental impact of outdoor recreation
- Preparing for a Safe Camping Trip
- National Park Service Camping Safety Recommendations
Rock Cut State Park
- For those who want to include an overnight stay in their visit to Rock Cut, the campgrounds provide electricity at the site, water hydrants at the beginning of each camping loop, sanitary dump stations, showers, toilets, a boat launch and playground equipment.
- There are 210 Class A Premium sites and 60 Class B/S Premium sites.
- There is also a primitive cabin (it has electricity, but does not have water or plumbing facilities).
- Reservations can be made online at www.reserveamerica.com (the Park Office no longer accepts reservations).
- From November – April, only electricity is available; there is no access to water or dump station.
- Equestrian camping is restricted to a site on Hart Road, is only available on a first-come, first-served basis and the Ranger will collect the fee at your site in the evening.
- Rock Cut is an alcohol-free park and campground, and this rule is strictly enforced.
Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
- Purchased in 1930, this preserve is one of the most serene and pleasant areas in the county.
- Located just off Highway 20, Seward Bluffs is two miles south of Pecatonica and the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, and is also an excellent overnight area for traveling campers.
- Host on duty in campground May-October. In the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station. There are 47 sites (15-50 amp, 21-30 amp & 11-non electric), 29 of the sites may be reserved online, dump station, horseshoe pits, & playground.
- Reserve Here
Sugar River Forest Preserve
- The pine tree campground has individual campsites nestled throughout a large pine plantation.
- A shower house is available.
- The preserve also offers primitive camping along the river’s edge.
- Canoes can be launched near the camping area or from an area downriver.
- A scenic hiking trail loop meanders through this unique preserve and takes the hiker through a variety of natural features.
- Host on duty in campground May-October. In the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station. There are 82 sites (13-50 amp, 57-30 amp, & 12 primitive) 39 of the sites may be reserved online, dump station, playground, basketball, & horseshoe pits.
- Reserve Here
Hononegah Forest Preserve
- The Winnebago Indian Campground has campsites interspersed in a mature stand of white oaks and hickories.
- A launch for fishing boat access to the Rock River is available.
- The campground is located 2 miles from antique shopping in downtown Rockton and the Macktown Golf Course.
- Host on duty in campground May-October. In the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station. There are 57 sites, dump station, horseshoe pits, & playground.
- Reserve Here
Also check out 10 Places to Go Camping in the Stateline by Stateline Kids!