Camping Around the Big Ten

Hotels can book up fast, and although you’ll often have to travel a little further out of town, camping offers a great alternative. Big Ten country is made up of beautiful forests, lakes, rivers, rolling hills, and even some mountains; all of which provide recreational activities for those who would like to experience what the outdoors of the Big Ten has to offer, such as hiking, fishing, or boating. The fall air is crisp and clear, providing perfect weather for that crackling campfire. Plus, camping tends to offer a certain camaraderie amongst campers, where you’ll feel like your tailgating all weekend long!  Below is a list of campgrounds around the Big Ten. Most offer both RV and tent camping, with modern facilities and electrical hook-ups. Click on each individual campground for more details. While you’re planning a camping trip, check out these great places to stock up on foods.

Kickapoo State Park. Photo courtesy of The Online Gargoyle.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS:

D&W Lake Camping & RV Park
411 West Hensley Road
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 356-3732

Kickapoo State Park
10906 Kickapoo Park Road
Oakwood, IL 61858
(217) 442-4915 ‎
Possibly closing at the end of 2012

Tincup RV Park
1715 County Road 2175 North
Mahomet, IL 61853

(217) 586-3011

Middle Fork River
3433 County Road 2700 East
Penfield, IL 61862

(217) 595-5692


Photo courtesy of Jellystone Park Lake Monroe.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY:

 

Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe
9392 S. Strain Ridge Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 824-3322 or (800) 641-9308

Lake Monroe Village RV Park
8107 South Fairfax Road
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 824-2267


UNIVERSITY OF IOWA: 

 

Corallville Dam Complex Campground

Coralville Dam Complex Campgrounds
2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 338-3543 x6300

Sugar Bottom Campground
2192 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-2102


UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN:

Hell Creek Ranch & Campground
10866 Cedar Lake Road
Pinckney, MI 48169

 

Hell Creek Ranch & Campground. Photo courtesy of michigan.org.

KC Campground
14048 Sherman Road
Milan, MI 48160
(734) 439-1076

Detroit Greenfield RV Park
6680 Bunton Rd
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
(734) 482 -7722


MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY:

Lansing Cottonwood Campground
5339 Aurelius Road
Lansing, MI 48911

Moon Lake Campground
12700 Colby Lake Road
Laingsburg, MI 48848
(517) 675-7212


Photo courtesy of Town & Country Campground

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA:

Lebanon Hills Campground
12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(651) 688-1376

Town & Country Campground and RV Park
12630 Boone Avenue
Savage, MN 55378
(952) 445-1756

Landfall Terrace
50 Aspen Way
Landfall, MN 55128
(651) 739-8284


Camp A Way RV Park & Campground

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA:

Camp A Way RV Park and Campground
200 Campers Circle
Lincoln, NE 68521

Pawnee Lake Campground
3800 NW 105th
Lincoln, NE 68524
(402) 796-2362

Branched Oak State Recreational Area
12000 West Branched Oak Rd.
Raymond, NE 68428


Cedar Cabin Rental at Cross Creek. Photo courtesy of Cross Creek Campground.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY:

Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA
4460 Walnut Road, SE
Buckeye Lake, OH 43008
Reserve: (800) 562-0792
Info: (740) 928-0706

Cross Creek Camping Resort
3190 South Old State Road
Delaware, OH 43015
800-988-CAMP (2267)

Jackson Lake Campground
3715 Cedar Hill Road
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 837-2656

 

Bald Eagle State Park

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY:

Bald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park Road
Howard, PA 16841
(814) 625-2775

Bellefonte/State College KOA
2481 Jacksonville Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-7912

Camp Blue Diamond
4013 Blue Diamond Drive
Petersburg, PA 16669
(814) 667-2355

Fort Bellefonte Campground
2023 Jacksonville Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-9820

Nittany Springs Campground
550 Yarnell Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 777-7748

Seven Mountains Campground
101 Seven Mountains Campgrounds
Spring Mills, PA 16875
(814) 364-1910


Battle Ground Campground. Photo courtesy of 48in48.net.

PURUDE UNIVERSITY:

AOK Campground
225 East 300 South
Lafayette, IN 47909
(765) 474-5030

Battle Ground Campground
Prophetstown State Park
Battle Ground, IN 47920
(765) 567-4919

Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground
7414 State Road 25 North
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 589-8089


Photo courtesy of KOA Madison

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN:

Dane County Campgrounds
5 Campgrounds around the Madison Area

Kamp Kegonsa
2671 Circle Drive
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-5800

KOA Madison
4859 County Road V
De Forest, WI 53532
(800) 562-5784 Info: (608) 846-4528


 

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.