Chain 'O Lakes State Park, Spring Grove

3.4
#32 of 60 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, United States.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 »
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  • This was an excellent cheap campground that we used before we went into Chicago to start our trip down Route 66. It's beautiful and quiet. Tent spaces are cheap and the guy working at the counter was great to talk to about his experience with his wife down Route 66 and some of the local bird species to keep an eye out for (if any of you like to birdwatch). We rented a small tent campground. The mosquitoes are thick here, so break out the spray. The park had a well maintained and clean shower facility. We couldn't convince the stinky teenager in our party that he was indeed stinky and that grabbing a shower while grunging it out on the road for days always feels good. The park rangers never bothered us and the stay
  • 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!
  • Mike is racist and doesn’t like black people. He went through our garbage and demanded he go through our cabin. all because my friend had what looked like a beer but was a Diet Coke. He then later came back and kicked us out and threaten to ticket us. We contentested it because NONE of us had liquor/beer but he somehow managed to convince the local authorities that we were a threat and a danger to everyone around us? All we did was play reggae and campfire songs it was truly disgusting to think they give that man so much power. Ruined our camping trip.
  • 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.
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