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Old 03-26-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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3 hours from Chicago?

We are looking for some new places to visit around 3 hours away from Chicago. Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wi has been our home away from home park for decades and our girls went to college in Holland, Mi so we know those areas well, but now that we are empty nesters it's time to find some new sights. State parks with electric hookups are our preferred sites. Any ideas for nice campgrounds and areas that have some nice sight seeing around? Thanks everyone.

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Old 03-26-2016, 12:48 PM   #2
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Starved Rock SP, but it can be hard to get ressies.

I would also make a trip to Elkhart IN, do the factory tour and visit the RV HALL OF FAME and MH MUSEUM, Elkhart Campground makes a good base. You can also do the STUDEBAKER Museum in South Bend.

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Old 03-26-2016, 12:59 PM   #3
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We like Pokagon but you really need to lay eyes on sites if you go there because it can be tight for some bigger units. We mainly go to lost bridge west campground on Salamonie lake and we love the campground. both have electric and water on site but you have to dump at a station. Both have clean and nice bath houses but lost bridge just built a new bath house that's really nice
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Old 03-27-2016, 06:38 AM   #4
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Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, IN. The park has nice bike paths, if you bike. It's also close to South Bend and Lake Michigan. Casino in New Buffalo, MI. If you like wine, there are several wineries in the Bridgeman, MI area just north of the state line.

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Old 03-27-2016, 09:04 AM   #5
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Well, Devil's Lake will be hard to beat - a beautiful place.
But there are several Illinois state parks within 3 hours of Chicago.
Starved Rock, as has been mentioned is a great one.
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And these are a bit farther west, but many still within your driving time

Of course, if you get stuck on the Dan Ryan Expwy, I don't think even Grant Park is within 3 hours driving time!
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:27 AM   #6
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Try Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville, IL. Several state parks there and also Corp of Engineer parks.

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Old 03-27-2016, 09:30 AM   #7
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Mississippi Palisades State Park near Savanna IL is a good one. White Pines State Park is another one.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:31 AM   #8
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We go to Lake Clinton a lot, always in a tent but not this year! They have full hook up sites and pretty much all sites have electric.. Mascoutin State park. Also Lake Shelbyville is a nice area to check out there are several campgrounds in that area.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:51 PM   #9
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We're right next door!
If all goes well, we'll be taking delivery of our new 16XRB within the next week or two. We've also been looking for spots in northern IL, southern WI and northern IN. Devil's Lake, Elkhart, Starved Rock and White Pines are on our short lists so far.
Illiniwek Forest Preserve out in Hampton, IL is pretty nice and right on the Mississippi.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:59 PM   #10
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Cook county opened up 3 remodeled county campgrounds that can handle rigs up to 40ft, and are open 362 days per year, 6 day limit. I made a reservation at bullfrog, we'll see how it goes.


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