IDNR Camping Guidelines 2021
These guidelines apply to recreational camping on all public campsites within Illinois and are applicable to each region upon transition to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
- If campers are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should not attempt to stay at the campground
- All campers are encouraged to reserve camping online prior to arrival through www.reserveamerica.com
- Campers assume personal responsibility and should abide by set guidelines
- No overnight group or youth camps will be permitted
- Normal park hours resume and are posted site specific
- All walk-in campers are encouraged to have exact change or a check for the payment of their campsite at the time of their arrival
Safety and Cleansing Precautions:
- All sites will be required to have a “Silent Host Box” for cash or checks, OR a protective barrier at all times to ensure a contactless transaction
- All campground hosts must wear a facemask covering their nose and mouth when handling a transaction or dealing with the public on any issue
- Campground hosts will be required to sanitize or wash their hands after every transaction
- Social distancing measures of 6 feet remain in effect and should be observed
- Campers are encouraged to use any self-contained restroom in their own camper for restroom or shower use
- Showers are available as social distancing/spacing permits; site by site guidelines may vary. Bathers should bring their own sandals to avoid direct contact with the floor
- Restrooms and shower houses will be cleaned and checked twice daily
For More Information:
- Please refer to the DCEO guidelines for private campground restrictions which may differ from IDNR
- Campsite capacity cannot exceed 10 people.
- Per IDPH guidelines, no site may have a gathering of 50 persons or more; gathering sizes may be further limited by site size and ability to maintain social distancing guidelines.
6 ft Social Distancing
6 ft Social Distancing Protective Gear
Face Coverings to be worn except for children < 2 years old when 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained or in an indoor area. Campers will follow all IDPH guidelines regarding PPE and additional best healthy practices
Face Coverings to be worn except for children < 2 years old when 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained or in an indoor area. Campers will follow all IDPH guidelines regarding PPE and additional best healthy practices Hygiene Requirements
Personal sanitization materials should be brought with you. Barriers may be temporarily erected where needed.
Follow guidelines set by CDC
The campground is open all year round (but for the weekend before Thanksgiving and the weekend after Thanksgiving for the DOO Deer Hunt).
Campground gates are open from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
The Campground Permit Booth lists information on self registration for walk-in sites (first come- first serve) on the outside of the building upon entering the campground.
All sites are available for reservation. Reservations must be made more than 3 days in advance and out to 6 months prior to the date of your arrival. Reservations are made online at
Please contact the Visitor Center/Park Office at
1-815-667-4726 (M-F only from 9-4) if you are a non for profit youth group such as Scouts and need to place a camping reservation in our youth group area at the campground.
Starved Rock's campground has 129 Class-A Premium campsites. All sites come equiped with a cement pad for RV or camper, area for tent (allowed up to 2 tents total), picnic table, fire pit with grill grate on top, and electric hook-up. Campers are allowed up to 2 vehicles at their campsite. All extra vehicles will have to park in the small lot at the entrance of the campground. Water hydrants can be found throughout the campground for use. Porta potties are located throughout the campground as well as two seperate shower houses with flush toilets. The dump station and trash containers can be found upon entering and exiting the campground. The campground also contains a playground area and shelter. Do not bring firewood in from areas outside of LaSalle County please. Firewood can be purchased at the campground as well as at local gas stations in Utica, IL. Please view the campground brochure below for information on each site, such as; shaded, sunny, or partially shaded, and proximity to the shower houses.
Reservations for regular campsites and youth group sites require a $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. The camping fee for a regular campsite is $25.00 per night unless it is a holiday at which time the campsite fee is $35.00.
Alcohol is ALWAYS prohibited in the campground. Quiet time in the campground is 10 p.m. There is a camp store in the campground that operates seasonally (usually May 1-Oct. 31) that sells firewood, ice, soda and other camping supplies. Hours for the store are: Mondays-Fridays from 3-7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. -6 p.m.
Starved Rock State Park Campground.pdf