Friday, September 28, 2018

Campground Review: Bo Woods Campground Sullivan, IL

I'm relocating back to Texas for my annual November truck license sticker and to vote.  Heading south from Chicago I stopped at the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) Bo Woods Campground on Lake Shelbyville south of Sullivan, IL.  For those who've never stayed at a COE campground, they are always very well kept campgrounds with lots of amenities that are extremely reasonably priced, especially if you have a Senior Pass that cuts the posted daily cost in half.

The Bo Woods boat ramp into Lake Shelbyville.

Bo Woods consists of over 140 spaciously laid out campsites, all with electric hookups and also several walkin tent campsites.  The campground has flush toilets, showers, a laundry and even a outdoor theatre.

The shower / laundry facility.

Here's the data sheet on Bo Woods Campground:

Hookups:                                             20, 30, 50 amp                                                                       
Fire ring:                                              Yes                                         
Water Access:                                     Yes                             
Fresh Water:                                        Yes                 
Trash Service:                                      Yes                 
Toilets:                                                 Yes (flush)                 
Showers:                                             Yes                             
Dump station:                                      Yes                 
WiFi:                                                    No                  
Level sites:                                          Yes                 
Laundry:                                              Yes                             
Store:                                                   No                                          
Pool:                                                    No                  
Shade:                                                 Yes                 
Verizon reception:                               4G. 2 bars                   
Internet reception                                2 bars
Cost:                                                    $18 / night ($9 / night with Senior Pass)


The outdoor theatre at Bo Woods.

The weather was perfect as I checked in to the campground so I decided to extend my stay to a full week, for a total stay cost of $63!  $9 a night for hookups is almost unheard of.

The Mini's campsite.

It was a great seven days at Bo Woods.  I wish I could always find COE campgrounds to stay at.  Usually they are fully occupied (especially on weekends and holidays) but if you can find one along your route it's worth checking on an opening.

Thanks for reading!