Starved Rock State Park

4 reviews
Pets Allowed
Big Rigs

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Reviews (avg. rating 3.0)

By user-6028397... on 2017-10-23. Stayed 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-14

Campsites were all of nice size. Electric worked fine. The grass was not mowed for weeks was very quiet we camped in a 35 ft RV. W/tent witch was allowed. Shower house was only 1 that had 1 working shower were not horribly dirty. Had 2 flush toilets the rest were pit toilets and were clean for pits. All the visitors at the walking trails could have Ben charged a few bucks for parking to help this state park maintain a nicer campground. Rather than run out of funding and not mowing the grass.

| Way under-maintained campground

By user-6453065... on 2019-08-09.

Why so hard to find a campsite to reserve for consecutive nights? Place is so old, dirty, crowded snd out of shape! Disappointed. Gate attendant not too helpful. Camping is for mostly tents & small campers. One loop big enough for large rigs, sparsely treed with pit toilet. Other larger loop has narrow road, overgrown very wooded tight sites, some crawling with poison ivy and overgrown & downed trees lying in the sites. We camped in 30 5th wheel in 129, just at the outside edge of the wooded area. Huge dead tree towering over campsite, downed trees in the site, poison ivy growing up the electric pole and table & beat-up old & rickety campfire grate were left sitting right in the muddle of the camp pad! Think the mowers other reviewer complained about likely moved them there! The rest of those sites there are in open hot sun. Restrooms there were nasty - no sign of cleaning the 4 days we were here. Last morning, no toilet paper in women s. Why not have an entry fee to raise some revenue to handle terribly needed maintenance? Evident all over the park but Campground is the worst! Lastly, Campground is away from the main park where the Lodge and cabins are, the Starved Rock and other canyon and overlook trails (which are great but also in need of trail maintenance). Very confusing check-in - Signage needed Badly! Don t go to Visitor Center or Lodge - roads there are NOT big rig passable!! Campground gate attendant said having to rescue big rigs in that area common occurrence!! Call or find the Campground and go directly there to check in. We had No signs, No directions, No warnings and Visitor Center closed! And when they were open, the lady there said there were only 6 staff members for the entire park and disowned any responsibility for or assistance with Campground. Trails - she was great! Anything to do with Lodge she passed the buck there too. Good thing lodge was there for meals since no grill and broken down fire-pit at site! It is nice & food good. Surprisingly.

| Nice big open sites

By user-unknown on 2019-08-09. Stayed 2019-03-23 to 2019-03-26

Typical Illinois State Park, we've stayed at Rock Cut and a few others. Have to drive to trails, Lodge, or anything. A little far from everything you might come here to do, too far to walk . Big sites, gravelled mostly level. Electric only, some smaller sites. Checking in can be confusing if you haven't done state parks before. Registration attendant was helpful and staff was visible during the day. You can reserve online but only 3 days in advance. Water available in a few spots, dump station available. New fire pits on concrete, adjustable cooking grates are pretty nice. Could use some more gravel, etc, but if you prefer quiet to amenities, state parks are great (especially just outside of season).

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