Camping Illinois: A Comprehensive Guide to the State's Best Campgrounds

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Rowman & Littlefield, May 4, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 168 pages
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Camping Illinois is the first campgroud guidebook to explore the Prarie State's surprising bounty of quiet, out-of-the-way parks replete with lakes, rivers, wetlands, rugged hills, and rocky cliffs - from every state park camping option to lesser-known county and village parks, as well as federal campgrounds.  Ted Villaire gives us the lowdown as he covers northern Illinois and Chicagoland, the plains, the region between the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers, the St. Louis area, and the Shawnee National Forest. If a campground is too close to an intersate or if there is little level ground to pitch a tent, you'll hear about it. If one is well maintained, with large campsites in a lovely landscape, youll hear about that too. Look inside for information on:
• Campground locations
• Facilities and hookups
• Fees and reservations
• Recreational activities
• What equipment and clothing to bring
• Tips on wildlife and safety

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A passionate cyclist, hiker, and runner, Ted Villaire is a regular contributor to the Backpacker magazine website and has written freelance articles on outdoor recreation for various publications, including Windy City Sports magazine, Silent Sports magazine, Rails to Trails magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and the Des Moines Register. He served as the editor of a weekly Chicago neighborhood newspaper and he worked for a number of years as a publications editor for a large, Chicago-based nonprofit. He has served with Illinois Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a hiking leader for its Team in Training program. Villaire is the author of the book, 60 Hikes with 60 Miles: Chicago, published in its second edition in 2008. He also wrote the forthcoming books, Camping Illinois, Road Biking Illinois, and Best Bike Rides Near Chicago (FalconGuides).

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