As we head out of summer and into early fall, the perfect time to go camping in and around Marshall, Illinois, presents itself. Daytime temperatures are still warm, and those summer evenings will soon turn a little cooler. What better time to get out of the house and into nature, especially after the months of being cooped up, we have experienced. No matter whether you need some alone time, or you want to get out and have fun with the family, camping is a great experience. We are lucky to have some great options to get out into nature, just a short drive from home. So, pack a cooler, pack up the kids, the bathing suits, and the fishing gear and get out into the fresh air. Whether you have an RV, a camper, or a tent and a sleeping bag, there is a place for you in the campgrounds around our great hometown of Marshall, Illinois.
What are the best campgrounds in and around Marshall?
Lincoln Trail State Park
16985 E. 1350th Rd.
Marshall IL 62441
If you’re looking for a place to take the family camping or getaway and out into nature, Lincoln Trail State Park has it all. Just a couple of miles south of Marshall with two Class A campgrounds, you can enjoy any type of camping. You can be off the grid at one of the primitive sites if that floats your boat. If you prefer to have some of the creature comforts of home, both the campsite areas offer showers, electricity, water, and real toilet facilities. There is even a playground area for the kids. If you like a little pampering and don’t feel like making dinner, The Lincoln Trail State Park restaurant and concession stand to offer free food deliveries to the campsites. There is also firewood and bait for purchase, and you can rent a boat during the day so you can relax or fish out on the lake. For the campers who prefer to rough it, the Lakeside Campground allows for tent camping in the Class C area. To make a reservation visit www.reserveamerica.com or call 217-826-2222
Please Note: All campers must obtain camping permits before entering the campground.
Mill Creek Park
20482 N. Park Entrance Rd.
Marshall, IL 62441
Just seven miles Northwest of Marshall, Mill Creek Park offers 2,600 acres of land and 811 acres of water. This beautiful campground has 139 campsites. There is a water station for every 3 to 4 campsites, a playground for the kids, and lots of fun playing basketball, sand volleyball, or horseshoes.
Don’t have a fishing pole? No worries, pole are available and free to use. Just head down to the gatehouse and let them know you want one.
Dock space is free for campers on a first-come-first-served basis. Let them know if you plan to bring a boat along to add to your camping experience.
Want to rough it? There are ten primitive camping sites at Mill Creek Park, and please note that they are walk-in sites. You can park your vehicle at the soccer field. Still, there are restrooms and showers within walking distance should you miss the comforts of civilization.
Wilderness Lake Campground
13295 E. Wilderness Road
Martinsville, IL 62442
If you want to head a little way out of town for your outdoor living experience, bring your camper, RV, trailer, or even just your tent to this pretty little park. There are about 145 spaces, and all of the spaces have electricity available. The campground is just northeast of Effingham off I-70 not too far south from Marshall. They offer scheduled activities, an 8-acre spring-fed lake, and a great place to commune with nature and relax. The campground sites are spacious, and the whole park is entirely wooded, so peace and tranquility can be found in every corner.
You can also boat or canoe on the lake. Fishing and swimming are also allowed. There are tennis, badminton, and volleyball courts as well as horseshoes or for indoor fun head to the rec hall to play some arcade games or pool.
There are lots of other personal amenities for those who need the comfort of home. Firewood and LP gas are available. There are a laundry facility and restrooms with showers too.
No matter where you choose to camp, enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors, the evening breezes, and the beauty of the night sky filled with stars. Soon, the leaves will start to change, and the crisp fall air will wash away all the woes of the last difficult months. Camping in Marshall, Illinois, will chase away the blues and give you a new lease on life. So, get out there and… CAMP!