The campground has 133 Class A premium campsites complete with electricity, showers and flush toilets, a separate youth group camping area and a children’s playground. Permits may be obtained from the park office or at the permit booth in the campground area. Seven campsites are accessible for people with disabilities. The campground is located about 1 mile from the Visitor Center and Lodge, just off of Route 71.
Any questions: (815) 667-4726 The Campground is run through the Office at the State Park Office. The Lodge is located within the State Park, but is not associated with the campground in any way – please call the number above for any camping questions.
Open during busy weekends between Memorial Day & Labor Day.The Starved Rock State Park Campstore is closed for the season. We will reopen next spring.
During the season, the campground store has everything a camper might need: wood, ice, batteries, marshmallows and more.
Plus, lots of brochures and information on Starved Rock Lodge events.The Outpost Campground Store is located at the Starved Rock Campgrounds, on Route 71.
Always bring enough sleeping equipment for weather that is colder than expected. A good sleeping bag is required for camping in a tent. They are rated for different temperatures, so choose one that is rated slightly lower than lowest temperature predicted. If sleeping on the ground, prepare a spot that is soft and has no bumps.
Never wear anything to bed that has been worn all day, or part of the night. Clothing will retain moisture and it will make even the toughest nature lover cold and miserable during the night. Take off everything and put on fresh clothing inside the sleeping bag.
Bring plenty of extra food that does not need preparation. The best plans for a great meal can be interrupted or just not happen. The extra food will provide something to eat if unable to follow the original plan, and going to bed hungry will be avoided.
Bring a tarp and lots of extra cord or rope. If it rains these items can be used to make an extra shelter for cooking without getting wet.
A true naturalist does not let negative thoughts keep them from enjoying the great outdoors. Planning a camping trip for the milder seasons, and keeping on top of things, will make for a more enjoyable experience.
Developed picnic areas are available to the day visitor, with tables, drinking water and restroom facilities. Eight shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alcohol is prohibited January 1 through May 31 in the picnic area. Alcohol is always prohibited on the trails. We do not provide grills in the park.