Individual Camping

tent campsite at Thomas Woods
Thomas Woods

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Thomas Woods                                            
Marengo Ridge Conservation Area
2411 N. Route 23, Marengo       
Reserve a Campsite
April 28 – October 29, 2023 Weekends Only*
* Call for weekday special use permit availability, (815) 338-6223

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
Check-in no later than 7:00 p.m.
Check-out by 12:00 p.m.
Non-Electric Site: $15 Residents / $20 Non-Residents
Electric RVs Only (Site numbers O and 4): $25 Residents / $35 Non-Residents (Site 0 amp = 30, Site 4 amp = 15 | Site 4 also requires a 100′ extension cord

Make your reservations online at least 48 hours in advance and up to six months in advance with a credit card. For assistance making your online reservation call (815) 338-6223. Be sure to change the nights to equal the number of nights you wish to camp. You cannot simply change the From and To date; you need to change the number of nights if it is greater than 1.  

On Site (Friday & Saturday Nights Only): If space is available (first-come, first-served) Thomas Woods Campers can make reservations onsite with the Campground Host. Payment onsite is cash, check or credit card. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Sites that have previously been reserved online will be marked “reserved”.  Drop-in campers can choose any open spot and pay the onsite Campground Host after 2:00 p.m.

Additional Fees:

  • All reservations subject to a $2 administrative fee.  A $100 cleaning fee will be charged for shelters/campsites damaged or left with excessive litter.
  • Don’t forget to purchase your firewood at the time you make your reservation! Firewood can be purchased for $5 a bundle. 
  • Need to Change Your Reservation? A $5 administrative fee will be charged for any change to a reservation date.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations up to two weeks prior to your reservation will receive a 90% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than two weeks from your reservation. 
  • Holiday weekend surcharge: $2 Residents; $5 Non-Residents 
Note: Campers can also reserve Exclusive use of Marengo Ridge Conservation Area Group Campground. 

Help keep our conservation areas beautiful! Please remember to Pack-In-Pack-Out and bring all trash with you when you leave.

Overnight Cyclist Camping
North Branch Conservation Area, Richmond
Cyclists on long-distance trips have the option to tent camp overnight. One night only. $10 per tent.
Reservation Procedures & Guidelines
Call at least 7 days in Advance:
(815) 338-6223 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.)
Reserve a Campsite
Cyclist Camping Guidelines
All cyclists must arrive prior to sunset.
Camping gear must be packed up by 9 a.m.
Camping is limited to designated area only; capacity 4 sites, with 2 tents each. No formal amenities. Cook stove permitted.