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Sand Ridge State Forest, IL

For those who think central Illinois is one big corn field, Sand Ridge State Forest will come as a very pleasant surprise. The forest is an island in a sea of agriculture. Just minutes southwest of Peoria, this 7,500 acre, largest of Illinois' state forests, boast sweeping expanses...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Feb 23 2015   Later Dates

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Alerts and Important Information
  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.

  • Quite hours are from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
    Check out time is 3:00 PM each day.
    Keep all pets leashed and attended.
    Back Packers must obtain a permit before going out to the back country sites.
    Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or a time will be posted on the door for our return.
    No Alcohol is allowed for either consumption or possession.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 309-597-2212
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
    Overview

    Description

    For those who think central Illinois is one big corn field, Sand Ridge State Forest will come as a very pleasant surprise. The forest is an island in a sea of agriculture. Just minutes southwest of Peoria, this 7,500 acre, largest of Illinois' state forests, boast sweeping expanses of native oak-hickory timber, extensive plantations of pine, sprawling open fields, grasslands, and completely unique sand prairies. For a refreshing, invigorating taste of unspoiled nature and an opportunity to experience a genuinely distinctive and unexpected environment, Sand Ridge State Forest is ideal. The area is the result of a prehistoric dry period when more desert-like conditions existed. Today it remains one of the very few places in Illinois that supports an intriguing variety of plants and animals more associated with the southwest than the midwest. Those include badger, silvery bladderpod, pocket gopher and prickly pear cactus to name a few. The raw, undeveloped expanses of hardwood and pine blanketing the panoramic vistas contain miles of outstanding hiking, backpacking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding opportunities. Hunting of deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, dove, and squirrel is permitted. There is a hand trap shooting facility and an archery range. For the dedicated outdoors person this is truly an island of great opportunity to see how diverse Illinois is. For the day visitor, the forest offers picnic facilities and the chance for a fascinating experience with nature at the Henry Allen Gleason Nature Preserve. You can enjoy the pristine sand prairie in a protected area closed to vehicles and domestic animals. A bird watchers paradise, Sand Ridge State Forest is an important nesting area for a great variety of neo-tropical migratory birds such as ovenbird, indigo bunting, veery, and scarlet tanager. For further information please visit the internet site . The web page has many answers to questions you might have. Another source would be to give us a call at #309.597.2212.

    Booking Window

    Equestrian

    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Mon Feb 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Group Camp

    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Mon Feb 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Primitive

    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Mon Feb 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Shelter

    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Thu Aug 27 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard

    Sat Aug 30 2014 - Mon Feb 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Archery
    • Bicycling
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating, Canoeing
    • CAMPING, BACKCOUNTRY
    • Camping, Equestrian
    • Camping, Equestrian Group
    • Camping, Primitive
    • Dump Station, Camper
    • Fire Rings
    • First Aid Supplies
    • Fish Hatchery
    • Grills
    • Handicap Sites
    • Hiking - Moderate
    • Hiking Trail
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Interpretive Waysides
    • Jogging/Running
    • Kiosk
    • Parking
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Restrooms
    • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
    • Sightseeing
    • Sunbathing
    • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
    • Trails, Equestrian
    • Trails, Moderate Hiking
    • Walking
    • Water, Drinking
    • Wildflower Viewing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Within 10 Miles
    • Antiquing
    • Ball Field
    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Church
    • Dining
    • Emergency Services
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Park Lake
    • Grocery Store
    • Laundry
    • Park Lake
    • Restaurant
    • Retail, Bait & Tackle
    • Shopping
    • Swimming - Pool
    • Tennis
    • Town
    • Volleyball
    • Water Access, Park Lake
    • Winery Tours
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Airport
    • BOAT RAMP
    • Fishing, River/Stream
    • Golfing
    • Hospital
    • Lighthouse
    • Lodging, Cabins
    • Medical Clinic
    • Motel
    • Powerboating
    • WATER ACCESS, RIVER / STREAM
    • Water Skiing
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    CAMPSITES, CABINS:
    Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

    Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

    No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

    SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Standard $8.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Primitive $6.00
    Group Camp $20.00-$40.00
    Equestrian $8.00
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Dec 31 2015
    Standard $8.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Primitive $6.00
    Group Camp $20.00-$40.00
    Equestrian $8.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    40.39972, -89.88306
    40°23'59"N, 89°52'59"W

    From the west, east, or south: Follow Il. route 136 to Mason County Road 2800E and turn north. Continue in a straight line for about 6 miles, through the village of Forest City. This road will turn to the west and become Mason County Road 2300N which will lead you directly into the forest. From the north, follow Il. route 29 south out of Pekin to the Manito Road, turn west and go to Manito, about 20 miles. In Manito, watch for the sign at Mason County Road 2500N then again turn west (right). In about 6 miles you will have entered the forest. From either entrance, follow our clearly marked signs to the facility or destination of your choice
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Sand Ridge State Forest
    P.O. Box 111, 25799E Cty. Rd. 2300N
    Forest City  IL  61532-0111

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (309)597-2212
    Additional Information