An hour northwest of Chicago near the Wisconsin border lies a region enduringly special to RV camping fans. It’s known as the “Fox River Chain O’ Lakes” and it encompasses beautiful bodies of water, historic villages and a place to play for every kind of outdoor enthusiast.
This immensely popular playground can become one of your family’s favorite motorhome camping destinations, too, and there are two great reasons why.
First – Chain O’ Lakes Recreation
Of course, the main reason Chain O’ Lakes draws throngs of visitors each year is the wide range of outdoor recreation possibilities. Hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, biking and wildlife watching – those are just a few of the things RV camping fans will find to do here.
Whether you fish from a boat or a pier, you’ll find plenty of places to catch muskie, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and other species in the region’s nine major lakes (and on the Fox River.) The Chain O’ Lakes area also abounds with fishing guide services, boat rentals and marinas to serve enthusiastic anglers.
Trails wind their way around the lakes, along the Fox River and across public lands to allow hikers and bikers room to get out and move. Trails.com offers an excellent listing of Lake County, Illinois trails in such picturesque spots as Turner Lake Fen Nature Preserve, Chain O’ Lakes State Park and Volo Bog State Natural Area.
And don’t forget to get out on the water once you’ve parked your RV near one of these scenic lakes. Kayaks and canoes wind their way down quiet channels and along the shorelines of Northern Illinois’ chain of lakes. Ski boats pull water sports fan across wide expanses of blue while fishermen scoot through marshes and coves at the speed of a trolling motor. There’s a place to do it all once you make your way to Chain O’ Lakes.
Second – Chain O’ Lakes Camping
Throughout the Chain O’ Lakes region are campgrounds offering splendid views and legendary hospitality. Although permanent lakeside residences have lately become the norm, there are still plenty of places to park your RV. For example, in the region’s northeast corner near Grass Lake, motorhome campers can enjoy riverside campsites at Fox River Recreation.
Another place highly praised by RV enthusiasts is Chain O’ Lakes State Park, bordering Grass, Nippersink and Marie Lakes. Five campgrounds there offer a wide range of services, but each promises easy access to the water.
One more suggestion – Grass Lake Marina and RV Park on the eastern shore of Grass Lake. It exemplifies classic Chain O’ Lakes hospitality, outdoor fun and a family atmosphere.
Here’s a bonus reason for coming to this fantastic water playground; quaint villages line the shores of the region’s world-famous waters, places like the Village of Fox Lake, where visitors have come to relax since 1907. Another place you can visit to get the feel of classic lake living is the Village of Antioch, Illinois. Beautiful city parks, a nicely historic downtown and an abundance of summer events make this little town a family-friendly place.
If you’ve never gone RV camping to Illinois’ Chain O’ Lakes Region, it’s time you did. Relax, renew and fill your days with good, old-fashioned summer fun. That’s what you’re going to find, and all just a short drive north of Chicago.