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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 $25. 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.


    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 $25.


    • 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.

    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 AreaShelter3
    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
    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 AreaShelters3
    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