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Middle Fork River Campground

Whether you choose to play hard or just relax surrounded by nature, you can create memories at Middle Fork Campground. Fish, hike, swim, watch wildlife, listen to nature, or sit around the campfire getting reacquainted with family and friends.

Each campsite is a quiet retreat shaded by large oaks, hickory and hackberry trees. Wildflowers grow in abundance. All sites are close to the beach and other amenities. Ice, firewood and other necessities can be purchased from the Campground Host.

Campground is open from April 1- November 30

Make a Reservation
Reserve online here
Campground Host: May - September (217) 595-5692
Site Superintendent: April (217) 595-5432

(Ask about extended stay options)

Nightly Camping Rates

Holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day)
Campsite with electricity
Campsite without electricity
Fridays and Saturdays
Campsite with electricity
Campsite without electricity
Campsite with electricity
Campsite without electricity
Group Sites
Burr Oak, has electricity
Indian Ridge, no electricity

Campground Site Map

campground map - click for larger image

Campground Rules
For the safety and enjoyment of all campers…

Our Namesake
The campground was named in honor of one of the past presidents of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. Harry L. Swartz was instrumental in focusing the District's efforts toward the preservation of natural resources around the Middle Fork River in Champaign County.

All lands, waters, plants and animals at the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve are protected by law under the stewardship of the Forest Preserve District. We welcome you to enjoy your stay with us and ask for your help in preserving and protecting these valuable resources for generations to come.

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve is in the northeastern corner of Champaign County. It is 12 miles east of Rantoul on U.S. Route 136 and five miles north of Penfield and Route 136 on County Road 2700E.

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