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Old 06-15-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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Looking for a lake within 5 hours of STL

Good evening all! Due to unforeseen circumstances, our trip to Mexico in July is being cancelled for a closer to home trip. Looking to stay within about 5 hours of St. Louis, and something similar to Branson or lake of the ozarks, but not either one of those, as we go there often. Would love to park the camper with a full hookup within sight of a nice lake and a beach to sit on. Maybe some nice restaurants around as well. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:02 AM   #2
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Check out Land Between the Lakes near Paducah,Kentucky. Many activities with numerous places to eat. Lots of campgrounds.
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Check out Land Between the Lakes near Paducah,Kentucky. Many activities with numerous places to eat. Lots of campgrounds.


Good suggestion.
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How about Rend Lake? It is in Illinois, just south of where I57 and I64 meet. There is an Illinois State Park there and other recreational things.

I have never camped there, but have been to the lake and it is a very pretty place.

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Bull Shoals and Lake Norfolk both have great COE campgrounds on them.
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How about Rend Lake? It is in Illinois, just south of where I57 and I64 meet. There is an Illinois State Park there and other recreational things.

I have never camped there, but have been to the lake and it is a very pretty place.

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Rend Lake is a COE facility. We stayed there in 2017 and paid about $12 a day (we have a senior pass). As I recall we had a FHU site. It was beautiful, and the site was good size.
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Patoka Lake in southeast Indiana. Lake is very pretty, and if you get bored you can go to French Lick/Baden Springs for a short sightseeing trip.
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This one looks nice and big, plus close to you:
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/P...tzgerrell.aspx

This one is also pretty close:
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/P...chrisLake.aspx
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Norfolk and Bull Shoals are very nice but Norfolk I feel is a little more remote
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What about a river ?
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Two great options. Beaver Lake in nw Arkansas and beautiful Table Rock near Cassville Mo
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Patoka Lake in southeast Indiana. Lake is very pretty, and if you get bored you can go to French Lick/Baden Springs for a short sightseeing trip.


Thanks! We ended up picking this!
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Be sure to get to West Baden to see the hotel. It is beautiful.
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