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Reservation Information

On-line reservations for All Illinois Department of Natural Resources-hosted camping, cabins, group camps, and shelters can be made through the ExploreMoreIL™ website and paying by Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

IDNR camping and shelter reservations will no longer be taken through the mail or over the phone.

Reservations for regular campsites and group campsites require a $5 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. For more information on our fees, please review our camping fee information.

Payment of the entire camping and utility fee amount will guarantee that the reservation will be held for the entire length of the stay.

Campsites can be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights within a 30-day period and reservations must be made three days before the campsite is needed.

Reservations for Memorial Day, Fourth of July  (if July 4th falls on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday) and Labor Day weekends require a two night minimum stay. Some facilities will require a three night minimum stay for Columbus Day.

Shelter reservation fees are $50. Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Those who fail to do so will be charged a disposal fee of $50. Shelter users who fail to pay the disposal fee will be denied future reservations until the fee is paid in full.

Additional Information:

  • Most campsites may be reserved from May 1 through October 31. Some parks accept reservations year-round; please review the information about the campsite you are wanting to reserve on the ExploreMoreIL™ website.
  • A campsite may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights.
  • Reservations will be held for the entire length of the booked stay.
  • A reserved campsite must be vacated by 3 p.m. on the last day of the reservation period.
  • Most campgrounds have first-come first-served sites, please contact the park for availability of these sites.
  • Additional permits may be required for large groups.  Please review our permits section for more information.

Costs

The reservation fee is $5.00, plus the entire camping fee for each camp site reserved. This $5.00 reservation fee is non-refundable unless the campground is closed by the Department of Natural Resources. The non-refundable shelter reservation fees are $50.

Remember:

  • The $5.00 reservation fee will NOT be refunded. The camping fees will be refunded if cancelled on the website 3 days in advance of your arrival.
  • Reservations will be held for the entire camping reservation.
  • Campers must comply with all other Department camping rules which are posted at each site.
  • Reservations must be made on the website at least three days before the campsite is needed.
  • All cancellations must be made on the website or the call center (866) 716-6550. 

List of IDNR Sites taking Reservations

RegionSite Name
Types of Reservations AvailableDays in Advance for Reservation
Northwest Apple River Canyon State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Argyle Lake State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Big River State ForestShelter3
Castle Rock State ParkShelter3
Delabar State ParkShelter3
Franklin Creek State Natural Area
Shelter3
Illini State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Jubilee College State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Lowden State ParkCamping3
Marshall State Fish & Wildlife AreaCamping3
Mississippi Palisades State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Morrison-Rockwood State ParkCamping3
Prophetstown State Recreation AreaCamping3
Rock Cut State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Shabbona Lake State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Starved Rock State ParkCamping3
White Pines Forest State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Northeast Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State ParkCamping3
Chain O' Lakes State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural AreaShelter3
Kankakee River State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Moraine Hills State ParkShelter3
William W. Powers State Recreation AreaShelter3
East-Central Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Eagle Creek State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Fox Ridge State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Hidden Springs State ForestShelter3
Kickapoo State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Lincoln Trail State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Moraine View State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Spitler Woods State Natural AreaShelter3
Walnut Point State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Weldon Springs State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Wolf Creek State ParkCamping & Shelter3
West-Central Beaver Dam State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Edward Madigan State Fish & Wildlife AreaShelter3
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Fort Kaskaskia
Camping3
Frank Holten State Recreation AreaShelter3
Horseshoe Lake-Madison State ParkShelter3
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife AreaCamping & Shelter3
Lincoln's New SalemCamping & Shelter3
Nauvoo State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Pere Marquette State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Randolph County State Recreation AreaCamping3
Sand Ridge State ForestCamping & Shelter3
Sangchris Lake State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Siloam Springs State ParkCamping3
Washington County State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Weinberg-King State ParkCamping & Shelter3
World Shooting Complex Camping3
South
Dixon Springs State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Ferne Clyffe State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Fort Massac State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Giant City State ParkCamping & Shelter3
Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife AreaCamping & Shelter3
Horseshoe Lake-Alexander State Fish & Wildlife Area
Shelters3
Lake Murphysboro State ParkCamping3
Ramsey Lake State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Red Hills State ParkCamping & Shelter
Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaCamping & Shelter3
Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife AreaCamping & Shelter3
Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3
Trail of Tears State ForestCamping & Shelters3
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation AreaCamping & Shelter3