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12/4/2012 1:52:00 PM
IDNR makes online camping, shelter reservations available
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Reserve America have joined together to make on-line camping, cabin, group camp, and shelter reservations available for state parks.

The new system is available by using the Reserve America website and using a Visa or a MasterCard.

IDNR camping and shelter reservations will no longer be taken through the mail or over the phone.

Reservations for regular campsites and group campsites require a $5 non-refundable reservation fee and payment of the full camping and utility fees at the time the reservation is made. For more information on our fees, please review our camping fee information.

Payment of the entire camping and utility fee amount will guarantee that the reservation will be held for the entire length of the stay. Shelter reservation fees are $25.

Campsites can be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights per 30-day period and reservations must be made between three to seven days before the campsite is needed, depending on the facility.

Reservations for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends may require a two-or three-night minimum stay reservation. Some facilities will require a three night minimum stay for Columbus Day.

Most sites may be reserved from May 1 through Oct. 31. Some sites accept reservations year-round; review the information about the site you are wanting to reserve on the Reserve America website.

Most sites still have first come first serve sites, please contact the park for availability of these sites.

Additional permits may be required for large groups. Please review our permits section for more information.

Sam Par Fish and Wildlife Area and Red Hill State Park are among those listed on the website.

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