Matt Sweeny at Linden Campground, Apple River, IL May 2023

Northern Illinois Camping Oasis – Linden Campground

During the Memorial Day weekend, we spontaneously felt the itch to immerse ourselves in the sunny warmth of Apple River State Park in Illinois. With all the campsites in Wisconsin fully booked and Apple River Canyon’s family campground bursting at the seams, we weren’t about to let our spirits be dampened. So, with a little determination and the help of my trusty Hipcamp App, I embarked on a search for the perfect campground near Apple River, IL. And guess what? I stumbled upon the hidden gem known as Linden Campground!

(The Hipcamp App link above provides you with a $10 credit towards your first trip.)

We had a great time at campsite #5 at Linden Campground. The site did not have a lot of shade so we set up our screen porch for shade. Our site was on the end of the campground, with only 1 neighbor, ample privacy and so relaxing. The Campground host, John, is a fine and friendly man who we enjoyed his company. Ask John for firewood and eggs!

Other Linden Campground Features

  • Showers
  • Gazebo with chairs
  • Frogs and ducks
  • Stocked panfish pond
  • Small swimming Beach
  • Delivered firewood and eggs
  • 10 minutes from Apple River State Park
  • The beat sunsets in northern IL
  • 30 minutes from Galena, IL
  • Stop by Sullivan’s in Stockton for great groceries and beer!
At Linden campground in Apple River, IL

Winter camping near southern Wisconsin

If you looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors during winter months in southern Wisconsin, look no further! Many campgrounds offer year round camping and in 2021, the WIDNR announced reservations only requirements for winter camping is Wisconsin State Parks! Check out our favorite winter campgrounds, located near Southern WI, below.

Governor Dodge State Park -Twin Valley Lake Campground, Dodgeville, WI

Over 30 campsites in the Twin Valley Campground at Governor Dodge State Park are available for winter campers. Some are plowed, plus electricity, pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are available. Water is also available at the park office.

Kettle Moraine Southern Unit – Ottowa Lake, Eagle, WI

Ottawa Lake campground is the only year-round campground in the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit. In winter, a limited number of sites are plowed. The only open bathroom is the vault toilet located near site 359. Water is available from a spigot on the side of the contact station.

Blue Mounds State Park – walk ir ski-in campsites only, Blue Mounds, WI

Winter camping at Blue Mound State Park is walk or ski in only. There are a several sites open year round. Plus, firewood and tap water is available. You can park at the campground entrance, but you cannot bring your vehicle to the campsite.

Apple River Canyon – Walnut Grove Campground, Apple River, IL

Winter camping is available from 11/1 – 4/15 in the Walnut Grove Youth Campground. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the campgrounds.

Apple River Canyon State Park Group Campground
Apple River Canyon State Park Group Campground

Other Notable Winter Camping near southern Wisconsin

  • Nelson Dewey State Park
  • New Glarus Woods State Forest