Kayak Morris Campground

Morris, Illinois,

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Less than 1 hour from Chicago! Unique rentals, eco tours, lessons and beach camping on the sandy wooded shores of the Illinois river, Mazon river, and the I & M canal. We love beginners and families and can design a trip for your scout group, church group or corporate event. We offer monthly group "Glampouts" (glamorous campouts) that feature a potluck, hiking, biking, guided kayak tours and a movie under the stars. We offer primitive, fully wooded and secluded sandy beach camping right on the water. Kayak Morris is an Environmental Education based Outfitter. We utilize Kayaking, Camping and other disciplines as a vector for teaching kids of all ages about the outdoors. Our all inclusive tours/overnight campouts are educational journeys to teach kids and adults about our natural resources and how we may preserve them for generations to come. Our events will teach you about wildlife/plantlife of past and present and show how each of us may contribute to their conservation, management, and preservation. Did you know that the only place you can find the state fossil (Tully Monster) is right within one of our rivers (Mazon). We teach utilizing fossils, rope(teaching mariners knots), Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Posters, flash cards of our state symbols and experiential learning tools (catch & release fishing, plant/tree identification, etc.). Whether it's a leisurely paddle or a muscle pumping pedal (or Both!), we offer unique kayaking Illinois canoeing rentals to fit all of your needs. We are a short 35 minute drive from most suburbs and offer an escape from the stress of the city. Explore all of the natural beauty and historic charm that Morris has to offer and see the city from a different angle. Kayak Morris' Rental location is located within William G. Stratton State Park. Kayak Morris' private Campground is located adjacent to the State Park (just east) and between the Illinois river and the Illinois & Michigan Canal and offers campers fully wooded and sandy beach campsites. The Canal also has a crushed limestone towpath that was once travelled by mules to pull barges and is now a multipurpose recreational path 62 miles long unimpeded by motorized traffic and perfect for biking. If adventure is in your game, choose the Illinois River. It is a slow flowing river (<1mph) and offers a 24 mile stretch of the river to paddle (with ease in either direction) with NO lowhead Dams and many Backwaters areas to enjoy. It also offers an abundance of wildlife to explore and sandy beaches to picnic or relax on. Sugar Island(1.5 mile long island), is just a short paddle from our location and is inhabited by many wild and beautiful coyotes. The confluence of the Mazon river is right across from our main kayak rental office in William G. Stratton Park and is home to 3 natural Great Blue Heron Rookeries and many fossils! One could spend hours venturing, exploring and seeing bald eagles, Belted Kingfishers, smooth softshell turtles, northern map turtles, blue wing teal, Coyotes, Great American White Pelicans, Wild Turkey, deer, Red Tailed Hawks, Black headed Grosbeaks, loons, great blue herons and egrets. The Mazon river forms a 7 mile loop at the confluence with the Illinois River which is an excellent trip for intermediate kayakers or canoers.




All Campers are required to wear wristbands. Anyone within camp area must have a wristband on. Check-in is at 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 3:00 pm. No checkins will be accepted after 6pm. All Garbage created within the campground must be bagged and disposed of in the garbage cans/dumpster within the campground. Footwear must be worn at all times in the camping area. If you want to have a campfire you MUST buy firewood bundles and bring them with you. Several gas stations sell them including the Citgo at the corner of Illinois Ave and Route 47. You may not use our firewood within the campground. Swimming is prohibited in the main channel of the Illinois river. There is a backwater cove area that you may swim in that is a short hike/paddle away. ALL CHILDREN MUST HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON WHEN IN CONTACT WITH WATER. Glass containers/bottles of any sort are prohibited in the campground. No fires permitted except in fire rings. Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. Children should be on campsite by 10:00 pm. Absolutely no firearms or fireworks are allowed in the campground! IF FOUND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. No Rv's, popups, ATVs, dirt bikes, generators or motorized scooters (battery or gas) in the park. Sorry, no refunds due to the weather. Campers are required to wear footwear at all times. Due to safety concerns for our other guests Dogs are NOT allowed. We reserve the right to evict anyone for improper behavior or failure to observe our rules and regulations. WE are not responsible for damage or theft of your personal belongings. Please leave all valuables at home. Firewood may be purchased at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Illinois Ave/Route 47 in town. No wood found within the campground may be used for campfires.


$8 Adults $4 Kids

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Group Camping Area
Tent Sites
Biking Trails
Bird Watching
Hiking/Nature Trails
River Rafting
Wildlife Viewing
Bike Rentals
Boat Rentals
Cell Phone Service
Convenience Store
Internet Access
Restroom/Shower Facilities
Family Friendly