Chain 'O Lakes State Park, Spring Grove

#29 of 38 in Nature in Illinois
Chain O'Lakes State Park is a 2793acre Illinois state park at the inlet of the Fox River into the Chain O'Lakes in Lake and McHenry counties, in the suburban wildlife of Chicago, Illinois, USA.It is one of the centerpieces of the proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
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  • I went here for horse riding on a lovely autumn day. You're supposed to call in advance, preferably a day ahead so they can get the horses and the equipment ready for you. I didn't know this so I came...  more »
  • My hubby and I enjoy going here latter in the afternoon on Saturday or Sunday. We grab an ice cream from the little store and watch the boaters trailer their it’s an enjoyable afternoon we get a good ...  more »
  • We go on weekend camp trips at Chain O lakes state park frequently. They have a lot of tent camp sites, which are mostly wooded and semi private. The park has access to the lake for boating and fishin...  more »
  • I lived in Fox Lake and the park was always on the weekend agenda. You take the boat out on the lakes, stop at different restaurants and bars, Fred's was great for food and music. Even in the winter the people know how to have fun!
  • Had an AWFUL stay at this State Park. Would give them 0 stars if I could. While there I Almost felt as if I was in prison. The Park Rangers NEVER leave you alone, and will find ANY reason to kick you out (especially if you're a young adult). MIKE THE SITE TECH was the most UNPROFESSIONAL, IGNORANT Man I've ever met. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND finding somewhere else to camp. They searched our garbage, and Searched our cabin looking for alcohol, which none of my campers had. (They found nothing and made fools of themselves.) ZERO Privacy! Most unwelcoming Park I've ever been to. My campers and I were all treated like teenagers, and we are all WELL above the age of 21. It was pathetic.
  • I had a great week here camping. I was in Honeysuckle Hollow, which I would NOT recommend if you're bringing an RV. Most sites are way too close together, so if you want to risk having a bunch of partiers ruining a peaceful nights rest, go for it. (It happened to me.) Otherwise, the Fox Den area has, by far, the best RV sites. The campground is beautiful, though, with plenty of trails with great vistas.
  • Aug18-22. 2017 Fox Den. For my first time camping in a tent it was great. From the horse ride to the boat rental this place is awesome especially for my kids first camp trip. I didn't have rangers watching me. I didn't feel like it a prisoner here ur free to exit at anytime just that u do have to be back in the gate before 9pm. Other then that it was great time and place to get away from the city. Everyone here is nice and very helpful. We took a Savannah hike and our guide Dave was great and informed us with alot of information about the Savannah in Chain O Lakes. If I could give this place and everything here more then 5stars I would give it 100 stars. I loved it and will look forward to coming back again and again. I think that all the people who left bad reviews are the ones that kept breaking the little NO Alcohol rule that they do have here. And for the price I paid in all was worth every dollar.
  • Park Ranger MIKE should be FIRED. He basically kicked me out for being a woman. Disgusting power hungry pigs work here. INVASION OF PRIVACY !! Do yourself a favor and PLEASE CAMP SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
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