We've been camping here for nearly thirty years. : ) Took my boys when they were young and now we take their kids. We just returned from a nine day stay on K Loop and I love that loop as much as I did the first time I camped it. The campground is quiet at night, busy on the weekends, but pretty much empty during the week
The pit toilets could have been a bit cleaner and I'm not sure why one would be spotless and the one on the other side of the wall was dirty and smelly with dead bugs everywhere. Speaking of bugs, the whole campground is crawling with hornets/wasps and if you leave your car windows open they will definitely come to visit. No mosquito problems, though.
The shower house had a sign on the door warning that the water is VERY hot. By the end of our stay the sign had been replaced with one that said "NO HOT WATER" . We had five kids with us but I don't think we used that much hot water. Interesting to note in the shower house-there is an accessible shower but no bench to sit on. Therefore, should a mobility challenged camper who uses a wheelchair attempt to shower he/she would either have to stand (and this might not be possible) or shower while sitting in the wheelchair. Likewise, I'm sure there are many people who, for one reason or another, need to sit while showering. There used to be benches in the showers, but they have been removed.
The beach house with showers and changing area is a welcome feature. Only cold water in the showers there. The beach itself is nice and clean, but very rocky. We had to go out and buy water shoes. When I had been here previously the sand was soft-this is more like gravel and once you enter the water it's more like marbles. Not soft at all. There are several picnic tables with grills. No lifeguards, but the swimming area is marked with buoys. Use fee $1 pp/pd. They have tube rentals, ice cream, and a concession stand.
This area is very well maintained, park staff is friendly, as are the resident raccoons, who will no doubt avail themselves of any morsel you happen to leave out within walking distance of their den. Lock your coolers, put everything away behind closed doors. they will arrive even before you've gone to bed at night, sitting there in the dark, their beady little eyes following your every move as they memorize where you attempted to hide your foodstuffs. We found the baby's bottle, empty, half way down the path to the beach. . .and bread! They will eat ALL your bread!! ALL of it!! Don't say I didn't warn you.
Looking forward to the next trip. This is one of our all-time favorite campgrounds in IL.
- Also Known As:
- Clinton Lake State Park Hotel
- Clinton Lake State Park Hotel Dewitt