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trailernovice

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Posted: 01/05/20 07:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reserved into an Illinois state park for our summer trip.

I see on the 'rules' page no alcohol allowed in campground, either consuming or possessing.

Texas state parks policy bars consumption or display of alcohol in any 'public area', which is defined as anything outside of a camper's tent or trailer.

Does the Illinois policy mean what it seems to mean? that drinking is barred even within the confines of our own travel trailer?
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The Illinois’ rule seems very clear. States can make almost any rule regarding alcohol without interfering with interstate commerce. Your paraphrase of the Illinois’ statute goes further than banning “drinking.” It bans possession.

* This post was edited 01/05/20 07:58am by Lwiddis *


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Good question, but the only answer that you could depend on would best be supplied by the ranger at the park you're reservation is at.

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See https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Camp/Documents/AlcoholRestrictionsatParks.pdf

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THere are plenty of states including my home state of MD that do not allow any alcohol, however these rules are not strictly enforced. If you are discreet and orderly alcohol is not an issue.
If you are a loud,rowdy party guy you will be shut down and removed. No alcohol rules are there to make it easy for the rangers to maintain order.


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wing_zealot wrote:

Good question, but the only answer that you could depend on would best be supplied by the ranger at the park you're reservation is at.


If you ask a Ranger what do you think the response is? You think he would risk his job or a bunch of flack and say dont worry about it, just keep it low key and dont advertise?

That being said pour or open one, keep it low key and don't advertise. If you have a longneck or 5th of bourbon sitting on the picnic table 20 feet from the road and a ranger rides through, guess what will most likely happen.

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Lantley wrote:

THere are plenty of states including my home state of MD that do not allow any alcohol, however these rules are not strictly enforced. If you are discreet and orderly alcohol is not an issue.
If you are a loud,rowdy party guy you will be shut down and removed. No alcohol rules are there to make it easy for the rangers to maintain order.


Ever try Deep Creek Lake SP? I watched at least a dozen people get cited in the summer of 2017 for alcohol. None were loud. Rangers went campsite to campsite in the evening specifically looking for it. Even if you had beer in a cup they would ask what was in the cup. A couple who were having a glass of wine with dinner got one. Later that year when we went back they wanted to search your rig or coolers upon arrival. Never been back and have never seen that happen in any other state or park in MD, and have been to many. Beer Nazis at Deep Creek.

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Having lived in the Land of Taxes for most of my life, I have found that Lantley is pretty much on-point for how alcohol is handled in Illinois State Parks. Don't be loud or obvious. Don't have containers (full or empty) visible in your site. A couple of parks get pretty aggressive with enforcement. Starved Rock State Park is one of them. Guess they got tired of rescuing drunk people from the canyons and cliffs.

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Even though cannabis is now legal as of 01/01/2020, it is banned in all the State Parks. They will probably be pretty strict about that for a while at least until they see how things shake out.


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My daughter's family likes to camp at a private Christian campground (great family accommodation). The rules there state absolutely no alcohol, but if consumed in moderation and you do not display containers, no one is going to "inspect" the inside of your camper !
Rules also state "modest" swimwear, so guys and ladies leave your bikinis at home !

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