Learn about camping and boondocking in Illinois

Boondocking in Illinois!

Boondocking in Illinois is not a common option for dispersed campers due to the state having few federal recreation lands. There is only one national forest, Shawnee NF located in the southern portion, and no BLM lands. There are however, state lands in the form of wildlife management areas and state lakes.

Illinois Boondocking Map

This Illinois Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews…

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Illinois Boondocking Maps

Places to Camp for Free in Illinois

Illinois State Camping Laws and Regulations

Illinois Rest Area Rules

Updated: April 5, 2024

The Illinois Department of Transportation adopted a series of rules concerning the use of its highway rest areas. These rules...

Federal Lands in Illinois