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Late October Camping Trip - White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris, IL

CAMPOUT 2010 - LAST CHANCE!!

What better way to close out the camping season than a trip to White Pines Forest State Park. Located about 90 minutes from Chicago, this beautiful park is nestled off the beaten path which makes it such a gem to visit. I don't know of any other parks where you have to ford creeks with your "car" just to get to your campsite! Maybe it is the beauty of this area that made Chief Blackhawk and his Indian tribe once settle here.

We'll take a beautiful hike through the western section of the park on Saturday morning. After our hike we'll launch our canoes and begin a 12 mile adventure on the Rock River. Have a camera ready because we may see a Bald Eagle among other wildlife along the way.

On Sunday we'll hike the scenic eastern section of the park. After our hike, there is a paddle boat brunch cruise on the Rock River. This is optional and those who wish to attend need to RSVP separately. Those not going on the paddle boat are free to continue exploring the park on their own.

You don't want to miss this action packed weekend of adventure. But please remember, this is late October and the evenings can get pretty chilly (as well as daytime). Ensure you have a warm sleeping bag and dress accordingly. Ranger Russ told me that after we leave on Sunday he's shutting off the water to the shower house for the season!

NOTE: Group campgrounds for adults are NOT available at this park. YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN CAMPSITE RESERVATION. Go to ReserveAmerica.com to book your reservation. Campsites 8 thru 12 are close to each other. I'm in site #8 Cedar Ridge. The event fee only covers your canoe rental. You are responsible for your own food and beverages.

Please try to carpool with others and indicate on your RSVP if you signed up for the cruise.

SUMMARY: Each hike will begin at 8:45a.m. and end by 10:30a.m. (we need to check-in with the canoe outfitter and paddle boat at 11:00a.m.) The trails are easy to moderate and each hike is approximately 3 miles.

The canoe trip is expected to last 4 to 5 hours. Please dress warm. We will stop at Castle Rock State Park (about 5 miles down river) for lunch. Those who have little or no canoe experience will be paired up with someone having more experience. Bring extra dry clothes (dry sack), lunch, and plenty of water,etc.

REMEMBER: The Paddle Boat Buffet Cruise requires a separate RSVP.

*** The canoe event covers the southern section of the river "Oregon to Grand Detour" and the paddle boat cruise covers the northern section of the river "Oregon to Byron".

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  • Laura

    Fizz & I had fun- despite the rain- Wish I hadn't left the games behind, but we had plenty to do anyway. This was an amazing little park, and I would love to go back and explore more when I don't have to worry about Fizz getting so muddy! Thanks everyone for helping to level my camper on a very hilly spot. Next time I'll re- waterproof the EZ -up roof so it won't drip on Diana's head!

    October 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though it rained nearly the entire weekend, everyone pulled together and REALLY made this an enjoyable trip. Thanks so much Laura for letting us use your shelter and eating your delicious Dutch Oven pie. Everyone was so nice, I really had a great time. Thanks!

    October 25, 2010

  • Birt H.

    Wet!

    October 25, 2010

  • diana

    Fun and only a little damp. A nice experience to camp with a small group. Thanks to Laura and her camper which is like a magician's hat and you never know what she's going to pull out next!

    October 25, 2010

  • Cathy

    Nice group! We didn't let a little (or a lot of rain spoil our good time.

    October 24, 2010

  • Tim S

    Rocky and I will not be coming down.

    October 21, 2010

  • Laura

    Also, I will NOT be going on the paddle boat - so if anyone else would like to bring their dog I will volunteer to pet-sit while you are on the paddle boat. My golden, Fizzy, gets along well with all other dogs.

    October 20, 2010

  • Laura

    yes, that's what the ranger told me, too - he said they have trailers and RV's there all the time - they just don't have hook-ups for them, so I was welcome to bring my P-UP. I posted on the board that I was also open to sharing my reserved site with another tent/people from the group, or that any ladies in the group are welcome to the extra bunk in my Pop-up (it has propane heat and is surprizingly cozy for a tent-on-wheels) So if anyone is interested, let me know.

    October 20, 2010

  • Tim S

    I called White Pines and they told me that I can put my trailer on any site that I want. Still not sure that I will come since you are canoing for 4-5 hours.

    October 19, 2010

  • Tim S

    I just checked again and it says site 11 is for a tent only.

    October 18, 2010

  • Matt

    If Laura says she's got a site number that can fit a pop up camper she must have checked it out and know more than we do I'm thinking. I could be wrong.

    October 18, 2010

  • Tim S

    I need to call White Pines all of the sites are for tents.

    October 18, 2010

  • Tim S

    Laura: How did you find a site for your pop up. All the sites I can find are tent.

    October 18, 2010

  • Tim S

    When are you hiking? If I come I am bring Rocky (5 year old black lab and will not canoe).

    October 18, 2010

  • Matt

    We visited this park and hiked it yesterday. It is very nice and scenic like a smaller Starved Rock. Crossing the fords was cool, like driving through a three to four inch high river. The gift shop and dining looked nice too.

    October 4, 2010

  • Birt H.

    I'm available to car-pool. I have a mini-van that has room for 2 riders, plus their equipment. (3 riders if 2 are sharing equipment) I plan to leave the West Chicago area at about noon on Friday, and I plan to return after the Buffet Cruise, about 2:00pm, on Sunday.

    September 30, 2010

  • Birt H.

    This is a BYOE (Bring your own everything) event, with a $27 fee for a canoe rental. Are there any options for people who want to bring their own boat/canoe/kayak?

    September 30, 2010

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