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Old 07-02-2004, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey,
Couple of buddies and I are looking to spend the day and night on the Illinois, and were looking for a place to camp at night, on the river. Looking as close to Ottawa as possible, (it will make a quick drive that night to the Slipper, if you know the area) I have seen quite a few places where you can pull your boat up along that stretch, with people camping on shore, are there any places available to book for a night? We just want a place to relax and drink beer that night, maybe do some catfishing, don't need improved lots, just a place to through down some tents or a pop up, and hopefully not too far from a ramp to pull the boat out. (my buddy gets married in August, it's a last blast kind of thing)
I've looked all over the 'net and can't seem to find a place, so if anyone knows a good one, please post.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-03-2004, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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illini @ marseilles and starved rock @ utica got both ramps and camping. Dont know of any camping right on the water.

If you want to rough it, you can get your gear in the boat and just pull on a sand shore and camp there. See it alot on illinois. May get crowded during summer due to the folks that drive up.

Spend many a night out a starved rock, camping and fishing. Good times.

Otherwise there is a resort on the kank called glorydale. I spent a weekend there about 10 years back. A couple of cabins right on the water. kank is deeper around momence, so you can boat. Plus they got a full bar/rest withn 30 feet if I remember right there. No where near the slipper though.

Another option, if your up for a 3 hour drive, is mickelson landing near thomsons causway near savannah illinois. Casino boat close by. Where theres casinos, there strippers. Nice primitive camp sites right on the water. You can drive your boat due to the dredging of the channel, but dicey if you don't now the spot. Can get right to the mississippi, but through a wooded backwater area. Nice spot for tents and a fire.

Other than, everything else is kinda far. Lots of spots near lacrosse/alma wisco on black/mississippi rivers. Bass camp in winona is my favorite, though haven't been there in five year. Private campgroud, cabins with a/c, nice ramp, on the mississippi. College town (winona state, so women) Casino up the road in redwing. 4 mile strip club across the river in wisco. Full service bar, showers, electrical hookups, all you can eat cheeseburge special on Tuesdays. About 5.5 hours or 325 miles up 94 towards Minneapolis. Beautiful country. Great people. (Bro went out to college out there, so I know the area.).

Hope this helps. Watch the state park alcohol rule. With revenues down, blago will waste no time clippin ya.
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M_komo,

You sure you're an accountant?

Could easily get a sideline as a travel agent... Great Post!!!
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4 Star Marina in Ottawa may be just the ticket for you guys. Not too far from the "slipper"

They have a Boat launch (obviously)...they also have camping with primitive sites as close to the rivers edge as you dare set up.

The bar right at the marina gets jumpin pretty good at times too.

They have an outdated website out there somewhere.
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Old 07-04-2004, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yep, 4star is nice. Drive by a few times, and did the tour, but never officially stayed over.

I had an uncle who always took me fishing, so I know a lot of spots. I swear he can get anywhere in the state by take cicero ave. In a cranky, crackly old voice "50, all da way".

Yep, CPA. More insurance than anything. Every hear a CPA outta work?

Good luck guys. Slipper is nice. What about that the club in just down the road from ottawa? Same street but about 8 miles down or so. A bit more dank, my kinda style. Slipper a little too flashy. And you pay for flash.
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haha...The Lampliter.

It's dark, dirty, and the girls are more friendly than most "gentlemen's clubs" But I'd make sure you are up to date on all your shots before gong in there.
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lampliter, yep, thats it! Very friendly, but you get what you pay for.

Did a drive by last week, around 700am. Not a soul around, thank god, woulda pulled in for a, ahem, refreshment.
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The Lampliter - the show place of LaSalle County. A place where they still know the value of a dollar.

If you choose the random shore route, be careful of where you pull into, as most of the shoreline on the river is privately owened. Some owners have been burned enough by people who leave the campsite a mess that they don't allow it anymore. I would say your best bet is Illini State Park, as it's not quite as crowded as Starved Rock.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I thought the guvment owned most of the shoreline, ie, pending an easement of some type. Especially on a federally traveled waterway, I thought ownership ends at the high water mark. So, low water, sand beach, its up for grabs.

Granted, your point on target though. Too much of a mess, and if I were an owner, would call the federales pronto.
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Didn't mean to come of as a crumdemon there. Just take it as some advice about that part of the river so you can avoid an unpleasent situation. I think there is an unwritten schoolyard rule that applies, or at least the way I was taught - during the day enjoy the beaches, but if you're gonna stay overnight(and start a fire) be sure to get permission. I know quite a few companies own big chunks of land throughout those areas so I guess I would say if you don't see any cornfields on the other side of the treeline, you are better off cause farmer brown probably isn't too interested in federal navagation laws
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