Lock 26 Campground

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

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E 900th St. Geneseo, IL 61254 815-454-2328 Official Website

GPS: 41.4731, -90.2623

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Overview of Lock 26 Campground

Elevation 590 ft / 179 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Berkeley, CA Toyota
7 reviews
“Fish on the tracks all night long”

Reviewed 8/11/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
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This quiet little fishing spot seems a well kept secret of off-I-80 Illinois (if you’re car camping)! Not far from the highway, by the train tracks, only a few families will swing by to fish and maybe some kids will chill in their cars, but otherwise you’ll have the lot to yourself. The Illinois parks website says that a ranger will come by to collect an $8 fee, but they don’t seem to make regular rounds, so you can likely save the cash and buy yourself a tiny treat, like a six pack of hard coffee pbr. There’s a pit bathroom that’s a pretty clean place to do any business you may have to do on the road (assuming you are a digital nomad). Bugs are not bad at all. The canal’s got a little waterfall, and if you want to feel like a troll you can walk down underneath the bridge and yell riddles out at anyone who may happen to pass by.

A family of fishers did come by and seemed successful, however my boyfriend did not manage to catch dinner with his $15 fishing pole with bits of flour tortilla as bait, so it’s really a toss up on the fish sitch. This is a huge hot spot for foamers—the train will go right by, but only once in the morning, so you can be well rested for the excitement of the freight to come tooting through as you toast up your morning tortilla.

I cannot emphasize enough how much this is the perfect spot to try the signature drink, recently crafted by my hot boyfriend, coined at the lock (26), consisting of whiskey and elderberry syrup, while listening to indie hits that were hot in high school. Throw in some cottagecore TikTok bangers and you have yourself a night out on the pandemic town! You could also listen to anything else, and drink your bev of choice, however, I cannot think of a single reason why you would want to.

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juliet would stay here again

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  • restrooms: vault
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