Rep. Parkhurst Works to Reopen Kankakee State Park Campgrounds

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is actively working toward solutions to see the campgrounds at Kankakee River State Park reopen following the budget impasse.

“Kankakee River State Park is a staple and an asset to our district. The campgrounds attract people from miles around and are a beautiful and popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and enjoying nature,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

 Rock CreekKankakee River State Park has two campgrounds Chippewa and Potawatomi— both are currently closed.

“I listened to and heard the people around the 79th tell me how important the state park is to them and their family traditions. I am working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to determine what is needed to see the state park campgrounds reopen as soon as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.

The Chippewa campground required a water pump replacement and is expected to reopen this spring. The Potawatomi campground has a Capital Development Board (CDB) project which requires completion prior to reopening. IDNR indicated the project may take a number of years. The FY 2018 budget did not appropriate funds for the project, but Rep. Parkhurst will request the necessary funds be appropriated for the FY 2019 budget.


Paul Gaspar said...

Thanks lindsay,my family had camped at the park every year from 1981 till 2002 that's when we moved here. It's an ideal get away for a family. Campers also help the local economy. Well done.

L. Hays said...

I believe it's time we start our own local Fund Raiser for our Kankakee State Parks Campgrounds. I'm sure if we join the community we can raise the funds needed to reopen both campgrounds. Please let's rise above waiting for funding & come together & get this done. We miss our State Park Campgrounds & all the revenue they will again bring in too! If Kankakee can spend $400k to bring in a company to tell them how to bring in tourism; and they've spent mega money to raise funds for a bike trail bridge, surely we can raise the money for a water issues & more for our State Park Camgrounds that will generate INCOME not only from Campers Fees but to the community Restaurants, Stores, Fuel Stations, Licenses for fishing, etc.. Even the old prison could be refurbished into beautiful cabins for Rental Income, and the large buildings there rented for Events: weddings, family reunions, concerts.. Area businesses alone I'm sure would donate the needed funds to make Kankakee State Park Great Again!

Ken Plecki said...

I have camped at KRSP every year since 1979. I have tons a childhood memories from those campgrounds and its a shame to see them in their current condition. I agree with the above post that (at least) the Chippewa Campground could have been spared this now 3 year hiatus of usage and income had the funds been raised for its well repair privately. The income from 1 year of campers' fees alone would have justified the effort. I hope the legislature can get the (already earmarked) funds to the state park and get these campgrounds improved and used once again, as soon as possible. Thank you Rep. Parkhurst for advocating for these campgrounds which are important local treasures.