Top 4 Campgrounds Near Granite City: Madison County’s Best Waterside Spots

Discover the ultimate fishing and camping experience near Granite City with our guide to the top 4 campgrounds in Madison County. Featuring private sites and a charming state park, each location offers fully stocked lakes and prime waterside campsites. Perfect for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, find your ideal spot for a peaceful retreat or a fishing adventure right here!

4. Town & Country Lakes

Best Private Camping for Anglers

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Town & Country Lake

Town & Country Lakes is an RV-focused campground with five tent sites with three located right along the small lake bordering the campground – making it a perfect place to fish day or night!  The owners stock the lake with catfish, bass, carp, and bluegill so there should be plenty for you and your family to catch dinner. For more information, check out their website here.

3. Horseshoe Lake State Park

Best Camping for Fishermen

As its name suggests, Horseshoe Lake State Park is a fairly large body of water within protected lands just outside of Granite City. The lake has a distinctive ‘horseshoe’ shape that provides lots of shoreline and water for fishers to try their hand catching catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, carp, and buffalo. Take advantage of the boat ramps to BYOB(oat) to access the more overgrown fishing areas.

The park holds 26 tent/trailer sites along with pit toilets for a fairly rustic experience. While they don’t take reservations, you can check out more information here!

2. St. Louis / Granite City KOA

Second Best Private Campground Near Granite City

Just twelve miles from downtown St. Louis, the Granite City KOA is a great place to camp during your time exploring the city. Like all KOAs, this is going to provide a few amenities not typically included in your local state park or county campgrounds. This St. Louis Campground includes free morning coffee, wi-fi, cable tv, a dog park, jumping pillow for the kids, and even a pool during the summer months!

To stay out of the weather, take advantage of the one-room or two-room cabins that include televisions, a grill, memory foam beds, and most importantly – a roof! You’ll need to bring your own linens but it may be worth it to stay dry and air-conditioned. Go to the KOA website to make a reservation or check out more details!

1. Yogi Bear’s Rustic Acres

Best Madison County Camping

Located in New Douglas, IL, Rustic Acres offers some of the nicest private campgrounds near Granite City! Traditionally aimed towards seasonal RV campers, Rustic Acres has one of the most developed activity calendars we’ve seen. 2020’s calendar included a Luau weekend, superhero weekend, movie weekend, something for all the major holidays, and even a science-themed weekend!

Rounding out the list of available amenities – the campgrounds feature a soccer field, volleyball court, and basketball court, or browse the camp store. If the size of the grounds is intimidating, you can always rent a golf cart and zoom around all weekend instead! Take a look at their site or explore the next available date now!

Other Nearby Options

For more campgrounds in Illinois, check out the Illinois State Guide. For some glamping near Granite City, check out the RV park in Jefferson County, IL. If we’ve missed any of your favorite sites for Madison County camping, please let us know by contacting us!

About the Author

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Robbie is a Co-Founder and editor at Midwest Camping. Robbie has backpacked over three hundred miles of the Appalachian trail, visited seventeen national parks, and camped regularly for the last two decades.

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