If your ideal summer is camping near one of Illinois' over 150 lakes, you need to see this. Here are 5 of the most recommended spots for your favorite vacation.

Lake Vacations

By the water, on the water. Swimming in it, fishing in it. In a boat, behind a boat.

Toes in the water, ass in the sand. (Zac Brown)

He may be singing of more tropical waters, but it still works.

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Is that you? Did you go to a place in your mind as soon as you read the words LAKE and VACATION? You need to look at this list, and then you need to share it with the people who you want around your lakeside fire.

Best Lakes for Camping in Illinois

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Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park in Lena, Illinois

Lake Le-Aqua-Na is a manmade lake and is known for having some of the clearest water in Illinois. The lake has a total of 1.4 miles of wooded shoreline, too.

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This Caribbean-like lake is located in Stephenson County just west of Route 73 on Lake Road, in Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park. The park is six miles south of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and three miles north of Lena, Illinois. The park also offers multi-use trails, picnic areas, and RV, tent, equestrian, and youth group campgrounds.

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Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville, Illinois

Lake Shelbyville is a reservoir located in Shelby County, Illinois and Moultrie County, Illinois created by damming the Kaskaskia River.

According to drivinvibin.com, one of the best features of Lake Shelbyville is the massive amount of campgrounds available.

  • 5 federal campgrounds
  • 2 state campgrounds
  • More than 1,000 campsites in total

Plus, these sites range from tent camping to full hookup

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Illinois Beach State Park-Lake Michigan in Zion, Illinois

The campground in the southern unit at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach provides 241 Class A Premium sites with electricity and access to showers and sanitary facilities.

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Rock Cut State Park in Caledonia, Illinois

Rock Cut's 3,254 acres include two lakes. Pierce Lake is 162 acres, and Olson Lake is 50 acres.

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There are 210 premium Class A sites and 60 Class B sites. The campground has showers, toilets, and playground equipment.

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Time to start filling our calendar space with some lake destinations. If we're doing this, I'm going to need someone around my fire who can play this tune on the guitar.

Have a fantastic summer!

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