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Thomson Causeway, Thomson Illinois


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. 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. 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.

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