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Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Thomson, Illinois

The Thomson Causeway offers 131 campsites, concrete camp pads and 50 amp electrical service, you are bound to find the perfect spot to spend a weekend. There are three playgrounds in the campground, a boat ramp with access to the main channel and backwaters, three picnic shelters and horse shoe pits. Also, don’t forget to explore Hidden Slough Nature Trail which offers a ¾ mile hike through bottom land forest. Access to the Great River Bike Trail is also just a few peddles away, located near the entrance to the park.

This busy recreation area is open to many activities year round, and to camping with facilities from May 1 through the fourth Sunday in October every year.  Reservations are encouraged to guarantee you have a spot to camp when you arrive.  The remainder of the year the park is accessible with limited facilities due to winter weather, which may interfere with some activities.


None scheduled at this time.

Camping / Day Use Fees

2022 Fee Dates: May 1 - October 23

Cost: $14.00 and $20.00

Reservations Accepted: Yes
To make a reservation: 1-877-444-6777
or visit

Picnic Shelter Reservation: $25.00

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Thomson Causeway Recreation Area Map


Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Lewis Ave. and Main St.
Thomson, IL 61285

Contact Information

Fee Booth Hours:
5:00 - 8:00 PM Daily
9:00 - 11:00 AM Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Additionally 9-11a.m. Mondays of holiday weekends

Fee Booth Phone: 815-259-2353

Thomson Ranger Office: 815-259-3628