For anyone looking for a pretty little hideaway in Illinois, Nauvoo State Park is a spot worth looking at. This nature retreat sits on the manmade Lake Horton, which was created with anglers in mind and is regularly stocked. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Mississippi River and the surrounding town of Nauvoo, you'll feel like you're miles away from civilization while camping here.
There are over 150 campsites to choose from at the park, many of which offer electric hookups. The lots are spacious, though the tenting areas do not have much in the way of dividers, so you may be low on privacy depending on where you set up your gear. While running water and showers are provided in the warmer months, these amenities are turned off when the snow flies. Being so close to town means that picking up any food or supplies is no trouble at all, and many good eateries are just a short drive away.
To enter the park, you'll need to pick up a camping permit at the main office. If you're camping with a large group, management asks that you reserve your site in advance. Prices for campsites start at $10 per night and go all the way up to $30 depending on when you visit.
As we mentioned, the lake is perfect for fishing, so bring your pole and tackle box and head straight to the water with your pupper by your side to find out what kind of a catch you can land. The park also has some pretty spectacular hikes -- including Locust Lane, a sometimes challenging trek that takes guest right around the lake.
While you're here, do your part to help this campground stay lovely by cleaning up after your fur-baby and disposing of all pet waste properly. Also, the park asks that all four-legged campers stay on-leash during their visit.
For a break from everyday life, head to Nauvoo State Park!