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Old 01-19-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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We are looking for ideas on where to camp this year. The family prefers camping right on the water, but it doesn't matter if it's a lake, stream, or river. We just have to be able to see the water. Any suggestions? We are located in northern Illinois, and would be up for a 1-2 day drive to get there. We stayed on the Little River KOA in Tennessee, and absolutely loved it, but it was quite pricey (like $125/night!) and on the Jack Forks River in Eminence, MO at the B&B resort/campground. Much cheaper and almost as nice. Looking for similar trips to do this year.
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If it's a one or two day drive, how about Memorial Park in Washburn, Wi, or one of the many spots along southern L. Michigan. I happen to like Lake Superior and Port Wing or anywhere from Hurley to Duluth...all great spots- there must be a dozen or more up there. I have not explored L. Michigan too much though so I can't speak to places around there but there has to be a lot to choose from! You lucky dog- there's water everywhere from where you are.

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My family always loved Prizer Point on Lake Barkley in western Kentucky. Plenty to do in camp (fishing, boat rentals, restaurant) plus Land Between the Lakes has a planetarium, bison range, 1840 homestead, and a Off Highway Vehicle area for ATV's.

Prizer Point is now a KOA. There are also campsites in Land Between the Lakes.
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We are looking for ideas on where to camp this year. The family prefers camping right on the water, but it doesn't matter if it's a lake, stream, or river. We just have to be able to see the water. Any suggestions? We are located in northern Illinois, and would be up for a 1-2 day drive to get there. We stayed on the Little River KOA in Tennessee, and absolutely loved it, but it was quite pricey (like $125/night!) and on the Jack Forks River in Eminence, MO at the B&B resort/campground. Much cheaper and almost as nice. Looking for similar trips to do this year.
Drive straight north when you get to Superior turn east or west and there are thousands of super sites to chose from. For a neat summer package trip for vacation do a circle tour of Lake Michigan. Outstanding places to visit, beautiful scenery and great camp sites abound.
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Buy a Woodalls campground directory and inspect the Illinois state section. You will find which are waterfront parks and all about them, in Northern Il. This is perhaps not what you want to hear, but that's where I just located over a half-dozen in N. IL.
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That'll be my next step, getting a Woodalls. I was just looking for more personal recommendations. Thanks for the suggestions!
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OK, I just read the reviews on Amazon. Woodalls or Trailer Life Directory? Anyone here favor one over the other?
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well you could do a big drive and reach the Oregon coast where you will find some wonderful State Parks right on the ocean; its great camping (some sites even have cable)
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AT, we have, and use both directories. Each has CG listings the other does not in some instances. Both are owned by Affinity Group, who owns a myriad of companies.
Now is a good time to purchase these directories at RV accessories stores. They are eliminating leftover 2010 directories at greatly reduced prices.
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how hard u wan't to drive.key west lots to do kay,snorkling,fish & some parks have boat docks. summer time price go way down ocean on one side & gulf on other.
safe travels bob,linda & missy
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We are looking for ideas on where to camp this year. The family prefers camping right on the water, but it doesn't matter if it's a lake, stream, or river.
There is nothing like a waterfront site...Out of my 5 week longs trip this coming summer, 4 will be waterfront.....We prefer state parks over private ones. From past visits to private parks, most waterfront sites are for the seasonal campers. If your thinking about Ohio or Northern or Western PA. state parks I can give you a few places and site #'s.

One thing I can say it: two days ago I reserved a river front site at Mohican State Park in North Central Ohio. It is the most popular state park in Ohio.... In Ohio you can reserve sites 6 months ahead of time. Mohican has 150 or so sites, but about 30 or 40 are right on the river. Within 2 hours all sites in the whole park were reserved for that weekend in July.....

For prime waterfront sites you have to plan early......
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