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Illinois Campground Marks 40th Anniversary

August 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Some of the campsites at Geneseo Campground

First opened for business in 1971 Geneseo Campground in Geneseo, Ill., has been providing excellence in camping for 40 years.

Developed by Elon and Regina Felske as a KOA Campground, Geneseo Campground hosts thousands of visitors to Geneseo and Henry counties in northwest Illinois each year, the Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus reported.

Dropping the KOA franchise in 1983, the Felskes continued to operate Geneseo Campground as one of the best campgrounds in Illinois. Craig and Shari Weber purchased the campground from the Felskes in 1994. They continue to improve the facilities to meet the needs of today’s camping public.

The new owners recognized the beauty and recreational opportunities of the historic Hennepin Canal that is their southern neighbor. A little later in 1994 the Webers added canoes and kayaks for their campers and the community to enjoy. The next improvement came in 1996 with the addition of rustic log camping cabins. These accommodate the outdoor enthusiast who does not own and RV or tent.

In 2002 the camp store was expanded to include snacks to meet the needs of those using the recreational trail along the Hennepin Canal. A tent area designed for privacy and natural beauty was developed to accommodate guests using tents. Modern, clean restrooms and showers and meeting rooms for group potlucks and events also welcome Geneseo Campground guests.

“The larger camping units pose a challenge for an older campground but we have been able to extend our long, pull through sites and add 50-amp electric to many of our sites,” said Craig Weber. “Today’s campers want to be connected to the Internet. We offer wireless Internet at the campsites to accommodate this need.”

Other amenities added to campsites over the years include patios and picnic tables with seats on four sides.

Campers enjoy the many opportunities the nearby historic canal offers. The 104-mile recreational trail offers hiking and biking in a safe and beautiful setting. Geneseo Campground rents canoes and kayaks for those who would like to enjoy paddling on the canal. Of course, fishing in the canal has always been attractive to visiting and local anglers.

Geneseo Campground marked its anniversary June 3-4 and will do so again Aug. 19-20 with special rates on camping and cabins.

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