Chain O' Lakes State Park Campground
Park Features & Amenities
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Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps
'Close' to Chicago
While this isn't in what would be considered a Chicago suburb, you can access the Metra train into downtown Chicago from Fox Lake, just a few miles south of the park. The park office even has a train schedule!
There are 5 campgrounds: Honeysuckle Hollow and Fox Den are electrified ($25 a night) and Prairie View and Turner Lake South are not ($12 a night). Honeysuckle is the oldest and largest and sites are very open; lots of trees. Fox Den has considerably fewer sites, but the sites are larger. The area was probably once prairie because the trees there are pretty small, so there isn't much shade. Prairie View is my favorite; the sites are very ample and very private (most are surrounded by trees and shrubs on 3 sides). It shares a new restroom with Fox Den and Turner Lake South. Each campground has a few sites that are walk-in (Fox Den has 1); the rest are reservable on Reserve America. Mud Lake East is all walk-in, no electric, and has never been open any time we have been there.
The campground is located on small Turner Lake, but the whole chain of lakes is nearby. The boat launch in the park will get you into the chain of lakes. There is a long, multi-tentacled bike trail and a horse trail. Kayaks, pedal boats and canoes are available for rental at the concession stand. Altogether a very nice park.
We stayed in Honeysuckle Hollow. The sites were good - although there are a few where getting level would be a challenge. There is no swimming in the lake, but there is fishing and the view was pretty. In general, this park is a nature preserve, so it's not as developed as others. We liked that and there were plenty of trails to take it all in.