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Overview of Sugar River Forest Preserve

Number of Sites 82

Elevation 787 ft / 239 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
“Very pleasant surprise!”

Reviewed 7/3/2019

Nightly rate: $29
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 19
Overall Rating

North Central Illinois is not an area I'd typically be scouting out campsites but for various reasons I needed to pass through Rockford, IL. Using Campendium I found Winnebago County has several forest preserve campgrounds - Hononegah, Seward Bluffs and Sugar River but none were reviewed. We decided on Sugar River, although a bit anxious as it was a Friday afternoon of the weekend leading up to July 4th. But much to our relief, the hosts were right out and about and the campground was easily less than half full. These sites were spacious and many were nicely spread apart but with varying degrees of vegetation between them. Many were quite open with a scattering of tall pines. The campground is all electric (some 50 amp) with 70 sites on a big loop with a large central area inside the loop. Sites were both gravel and grass, some were wet and rutted due to all the rain, but most appeared level. The entire campground is well shaded. The hosts were very nice and helpful allowing us to pick our site and set up before registering. Cost is determined by residency (county or not) and age (senior or not) and electric or not. There wasn't much signage leading up to the entrance but there is only one road and it ends right at the park entrance. The campground is to the right. Down the hill is a dump station on the left and very nice tall water spigots are spread throughout the campground. There are trails and the river to explore. Some neighbors were playing country music - the hosts asked if that was a problem which was thoughtful - they would make sure it was off by 9:30. There was a strong US Cellular signal.

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  • 50 Amp
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • water access
  • dump station
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Discount Clubs
  • Senior Discounts
  • pets


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