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CAMPGROUND NAME: Johnson Creek

VISIT DATE: 09/16/1996

UPDATE DATE: 7/4/2015

STATE: Illinois

REGION: Eastern

RANGER DISTRICT: Mississippi Bluffs

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Ava

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Ava, IL, take State Rt. 151 south 3.6 miles to forest sign
(Johnson Creek Recreation Area) - Johnson Creek Rd.  Turn left
onto Johnson Creek Rd. and go 1.5 miles to campground.

NOTE:  Johnson Creek Rd. can be rough with low branches.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 600 ft.

The campground's campsites are located in a series of overlapping loops 
meandering through a forest of oak, popular, and other hardwoods.  These 
campsites offer hitching rails and picket lines for equestrian campers.  
The tent sites are all walk-ins located on the banks of Kincaid Lake 
between the boat ramp entrance and other campsites.  This is a good 
campground for anglers, hikers, and equestrian from single campers through 
large families.  Lantern poles have been installed.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Comments:
Open March 15 through December 15.

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $10 per day - single
$12 per day - double
$18 per day - triple
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 20
   
   Total Sites: 20

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 20
No. Grilles on Sites: 20
Equestrian Camping:  Yes

RV INFORMATION
Hookups:		No
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No*
Potable Water at Waste Station: No 
Average Parking Apron Size: 25' X 60'

Comments:
Parking aprons are gravel and grass.  The interior road is rough and 
there are low overhanging branches.  

Note:  *Problems with water system has temporiarly closed the Waste
Station; contact ranger district office for status.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1
  No. Threaded: 0

Comments:
Due to problems with the water system the water spigot is located
at the campground's solar powered pump house.

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): No
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Kincaid Lake is 1 mile from campground and is 2,750 acres.  

HIKING
Many hiking trails accessible from campground, but
unidentifiable.

FISHING
Largemouth bass, sunfish, Bullhead trout, Bluegill, Carp,
catfish, Walleye, crappie and muskie

CAMPGROUND NAME: Oak Point VISIT DATE: 09/19/1996 UPDATE DATE: 9/2/2016 STATE: Illinois REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Hidden Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Vienna RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Vienna, IL, take State Rt. 146 east 11.5 miles to an exit ramp on the right. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto State Rt. 145 and go north 2.5 miles to Lake Glendale Recreation Area sign (Glendale Rd.). Turn right onto Glendale Rd. and proceed to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 340 ft. The campground is located on Lake Glendale in the Lake Glendale Recreation Area and has two unnamed loops. Camp sites in the loop with electric and water hook-ups tend to be larger than those with no hook-ups. Camp sites are tucked into a mature mixed forest with some oak and beech trees providing shade. A robust middlestory provides good privacy between campsites. There is a volleyball court at the beach. Boat rentals (paddle, canoe and fishing boats) are available from a concessionaire. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: Sites 1 through 35 - Open year round. Sites 36 through 60 - Open March 10 through December 10. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day - single, no electric hookups $18 per day - single, electric and water hookups $24 per day - double, no electric hookups $44 per day - double, electric and hookups Note: Senior/Access Pass applied to basic campsite fee only. Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 3 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 53 Total Sites: 56 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 56 No. Grilles on Sites: 56 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 35 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: Yes Potable Water at Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. Beware of low-growing branches across some parking aprons. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: Yes Playground: Yes No. Water Spigots (non-site): 3 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: Shower is wheelchair-friendly. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Power boats are limited to electric motors. The beach is large and sandy with change rooms. Lake Glendale is 79 acres. HIKING Lake trail (foot and mountain bike) - 1 mile FISHING Bluegill, catfish and bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Pharaoh VISIT DATE: 09/18/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2015 STATE: Illinois REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Hidden Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Elizabethtown RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Elizabethtown, IL, take State Rt. 146 west for 6.3 miles to State Rt. 34. Turn right onto Rt. 34 and go north 7.5 miles to forest sign (Garden of the Gods) - Karbers Ridge Rd. Turn right onto Karbers Ridge Rd. and go 2.8 miles to another forest sign ( Garden of the Gods). Turn left and go 1.4 miles to still another forest sign (Garden of the Gods Recreation Area). Turn left and go 1.5 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 620 ft. This single loop "rustic" campground is located in the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness. Some sites have a panoramic view of the valley and Shawnee Hills. No motorized vehicles or mechanized equipment are permitted in the Wilderness, making this campground an ideal basecamp for exploring the Wilderness on foot. No horse facilities are available. A "must" do while at this campground is the 1/4-mile Garden of Gods Observation Trail. The sandstone rock formations and cliffs found along the trail took 320 million years to develop into their fascinating and strange shapes. Some of these formations have been given names such as Camel Rock, Devil's Smokestack, etc. Bring your camera. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 12 Total Sites: 12 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 12 No. Grilles on Sites: 12 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 13.5' X 56' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and not level. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Garden of the Gods Observation Trail (foot) - 0.25 miles River to River Trail (foot & horse) - meanders through the Garden of the Gods Wilderness and connects with various other trails FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Pine Hills VISIT DATE: 09/16/1996 UPDATE DATE: 7/4/2015 STATE: Illinois REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Mississippi Bluffs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wolf Lake RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Wolf Lake, IL, at campground sign (State Forest Rd), go east 0.6 miles to another campground sign (sign is on north side of road). Turn left (no displayed road sign) and go 0.7 miles to campground. Note: When turning left at the campground sign onto Pine HIlls Rd (Forest Route 236), there is a dip the could be flooded. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 600 ft. The campground is in a stand of old pines and hardwoods adjacent to a stream. Most sites are spacious, well cleared and could accommodate multiple tents. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Comments: Open March 15 through December 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 13 Total Sites: 13 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 13 No. Grilles on Sites: 13 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 12' X 45' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None Comments: There is a 1/4 acre pond. HIKING White Pine Trail - 2 miles FISHING Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish and Largemouth bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Pine Ridge VISIT DATE: 09/18/1996 UPDATE DATE: 6/11/2011 STATE: Illinois REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Hidden Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Elizabethtown RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Elizabethtown, IL, take State Rt. 146 east 8.4 miles to State Rt. 1. Turn left onto Rt. 1 and go 11 miles to forest sign - Pounds Hollow Recreation Area (Pounds Hollow Rd.). Turn left onto Pounds Hollow Rd. and go 1.9 miles to another forest sign - Pounds Hollow Recreation Area. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 400 ft. The campground has two loops turn-around) in a stand of mature Red pines and hardwoods near the Pounds Hollow Lake. Convenient to Shawnee Hills on the Ohio Scenic Byway, this campground is good for an overnight stay. However, with a pleasant swimming beach, boating on the lake, good fishing, several hiking trails, and interesting geology to explore, the campground is well-suited for a family weekend get-away or two-week vacation. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April 1 through December 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 35 Total Sites: 35 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 35 No. Grilles on Sites: 35 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 10.5' X 51' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: Yes Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: There are showers to rinse off at the beach. The water spigots are hand pumps. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Power boats are limited to electric motors. Beach is grass and sand. HIKING Rim Rock Trail (Interpretive) - 0.8 miles Pounds Hollow Lake Trail (loop around the lake) Beaver Trail - connects Rim Rock Trail with Pounds Hollow Trail FISHING Bass, Channel Catfish and Sunfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Red Bud VISIT DATE: 09/19/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/22/2015 STATE: Illinois REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Hidden Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Eddyville RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Eddyville, IL, at forest sign (Bell Smith Springs) - Eddyville Rd, go north on Eddyville Rd. 5.5 miles to another forest sign (Bellsmith Springs). Turn left and go 1.8 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 420 ft. The campground is heavily wooded with Red pines and hardwoods. Nicely secluded sites with good privacy. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open March 15 through December 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 1 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 20 Total Sites: 21 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 21 No. Grilles on Sites: 21 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 19' X 73' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No




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