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THOMSON CAUSEWAY, IL

part ofMississippi River - Pools 11-22, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: THOMSON CAUSEWAY
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Thomson Causeway provides the unique experience of island camping on the great Mississippi River and it's well worth a try!

The western edge of the recreation area offers visitors an unobstructed view of the widest spot on the Upper Mississippi River Basin, 3.5 miles from shore-to-shore. Here, campers can enjoy memorable views of the river and the valley, and partake in plenty of great water activities.

Natural Features:

The campground is built mainly on an island in the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Slow moving water on the eastern edge of the main recreation area creates a rich environment in which wildlife and fish abound.

Recreation:

Popular activities include fishing, hiking, biking and boating. Common fish species include the channel catfish, bluegill, walleye and northern pike.

The Central Trail section of the famous Mississippi River Trail passes beside the campground, offering visitors miles of walking and biking trails along the river bank.

Facilities:

Of the 81 reservable campsites, 76 have electric hookups and five are for tents only. Drinking water, an accessible flush toilet, shower house, pay phone and boat ramp are among the amenities available.

Nearby Attractions:

Head northbound along the river to see the Ayers Sand Prairie State Nature Preserve or the Mississippi Palisades State Park.

Visit the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center and Fulton's Dutch Windmill. Or watch a minor league baseball game at the Clinton Lumberkings stadium.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Playground
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • All campers must register with the fee booth between 6-9pm on day of arrival
  • To learn more about this campground, Click Here
  • "FIREWOOD ALERT" - Prevent the spread of EAB. All firewood originating from out-of-state or from a quarantined county is prohibited in this facility. Purchase firewood from a local vendor. Do Not bring firewood from home. Click www.missriver.org and click on the "Emerald Ash Borer Firewood Alert" picture/link for more information.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    41.95167, -90.11083
    41°57'6"N, 90°6'39"W

    Take IL Route 84 to Thomson, Illinois. Turn west onto Main Street, then turn south onto Lewis Avenue.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    THOMSON CAUSEWAY
    PO Box 398
    THOMSON IL 61285

    Phone Number:

    Information: (815)259-3628
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