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Chain O'Lakes Campground is located in the Chain O'Lakes State Park, which is situated in the northeastern part of Illinois, close to the Wisconsin border. This state park is well-known for its chain of lakes, and the campground offers a rustic experience without electric hookups for visitors.

Non-Electric Campsites

The non-electric campsites at Chain O'Lakes Campground are ideal for tent campers or those with RVs who are prepared to "dry camp" without electrical hookups. These sites typically include space for tents or RVs, a fire ring, and a picnic table.


Even though the sites at Chain O'Lakes Campground are non-electric, the campground usually offers basic amenities that may include:

  • Restroom facilities with flush toilets
  • Shower buildings (may be seasonal)
  • Water spigots throughout the campground
  • Dump station for RVs
  • Playground areas for children
  • Firewood sales (may be seasonal and subject to state regulations)


Given its location within Chain O'Lakes State Park, campers at this campground can enjoy numerous outdoor activities, such as:

  • Boating and fishing in the connected lakes
  • Hiking and trail use
  • Horseback riding trails (bring your own horse)
  • Bird watching and wildlife observation
  • Winter sports (when conditions permit), including ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for campsites at Chain O'Lakes Campground are usually recommended, especially during the peak season. You can often reserve a site online or by calling the park. Fees for camping vary depending on the type of site and the season. You should check the most current fee schedule and availability before planning your trip.

Rules and Regulations

Here are some common rules to be aware of when camping at Chain O'Lakes Campground:

  • Observe quiet hours (typically 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
  • Keep pets on a leash and pick up after them
  • Only use firewood purchased within the park or certified pest-free to prevent the spread of invasive species
  • Alcohol may be prohibited or restricted within the park
  • Follow all boating laws and regulations if using the lakes

Additional Information

Before heading out to Chain O'Lakes Campground, it's always best to check the latest updates from the state park's website or contact the park directly. Factors such as weather conditions, park events, or any maintenance activities can influence the availability and accessibility of facilities and services.

When camping in a natural setting like Chain O'Lakes State Park, always practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment and ensure the park remains a beautiful destination for all visitors.

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