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Posted: 01/05/20 03:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GDS-3950BH wrote:

bucky wrote:

Plenty of commercial CGs that would appreciate the business.


And Plenty of people who avoid commercial CG's by rule who do not like parking lots, lights, the awning scraping the neighbors rig, golf cart races, and bingo.

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Not disputing your account of what happened. However I won't change my approach until I experience the beer Nazis first hand.


Nor would I expect you would. As I said thats the only time I have ever experienced that in many years of going to state parks in many different states, including MD. At the time I suspected new guys as they looked really young, with Barney Fife syndrome.


I only meant in Illinois. We prefer state and federal parks.

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I know nothing about Illinois and how that policy is implemented at any particular location in that fair state. What I have observed elsewhere is that "the authorities" famously make rules for the sole purpose of dealing with jerks, a**oles, the obnoxious, and the dangerous, rules that are mostly unenforceable in practical terms, but can easily be cited for making it clear that a particular person is non grata. And in purely practical terms, one can ignore those rules as long as one does not go about making a jerk, etc. out of him/herself.

Actually, if you get right down to it, nobody likes those sorts of folks, and we'll gladly let "the authorities" chuck the bums out, however they need to go about doing it. So, yeah, alcohol is forbidden here, just don't let me see you with it, and BTW, we never had this conversation.





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This is a case of don't ask a question that you really don't want to heat the answer to.

Lots of states, & private CGs, have similar rules. They are there to provide a legal stick to beat rowdy abusers of alcohol with. Generally no CG is going to throw you out for possessing, even consuming alcohol at your site. There may be a few overzealous rangers here & there who are sticklers for every little rule.

Like anything else drink responsibly. Keep it low key. Don't get obnoxious & disturb your neighbours & all will be well.


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naturist wrote:

... in that fair state.
Easy to say when you don't live here.

I have been in about 20 or so of those areas listed on the DNR site. Kankakee and Desplaines are really strict in the hunting areas, with good cause, but are somewhat lax in the campground. Starved Rock will ask to see inside your coolers on the trails. There are people seriously injured or killed every year because they went off trail and fell into a canyon or over the cliff. Usually alcohol is involved. The other places I've been are pretty lax. Worst I ever got was I was asked to take my wine glasses inside the MH.

Would really help to know where OP booked the reservation.


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trailernovice wrote:

I see on the 'rules' page no alcohol allowed in campground, either consuming or possessing.
Seems clear to me. NO, nada, nil, nothing

Forget the loopholes and find another park.


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The park we'll be at is Illinois Beach State Park


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Veebyes wrote:

This is a case of don't ask a question that you really don't want to heat the answer to.

Lots of states, & private CGs, have similar rules. They are there to provide a legal stick to beat rowdy abusers of alcohol with. Generally no CG is going to throw you out for possessing, even consuming alcohol at your site. There may be a few overzealous rangers here & there who are sticklers for every little rule.

Like anything else drink responsibly. Keep it low key. Don't get obnoxious & disturb your neighbours & all will be well.


Looking at the Illinois law it depends on the park and certain areas within those parks. This is likely due to too many wild drunken parties!


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trailernovice wrote:

The park we'll be at is Illinois Beach State Park

Looks like allowed in campground prohibited on the beach.

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Veebyes wrote:

This is a case of don't ask a question that you really don't want to heat the answer to.

Lots of states, & private CGs, have similar rules. They are there to provide a legal stick to beat rowdy abusers of alcohol with. Generally no CG is going to throw you out for possessing, even consuming alcohol at your site. There may be a few overzealous rangers here & there who are sticklers for every little rule.

Like anything else drink responsibly. Keep it low key. Don't get obnoxious & disturb your neighbours & all will be well.
Not a truer post in this thread. I've gone to many state and private parks with a cooler full of beer which sits on the ground underneath me door side slideout. I've passed electronic signs on the way into private parks that are flashing No Alcohol - Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jacksonville -camper in tow, beer cooler in the bed. I've waved at park rangers from my zero gravity chair with my left hand with a coozie covered beer bottle in my right. There's always a story about getting busted by the rangers in the campground - not really a deterrent for me. Don't be an idiot, and you will be fine.


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Having camped in Shabbona Lake State Park and Rock Cut State Park, I can attest to the fact that if it's not obvious no one will bother you. As said use cups that aren't see through and don't have a wild party and you'll be just fine. The law is to keep out the riffraff. Also the IL state parks budget is nearly nil. So you may not even see a ranger while you're there.


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