Date Place Comment
August 25th, 2020 Jorgens Hollow Campground

Started charging $10 per night for primative camping as of 8/14/20. You can pay $5 per night if you have an interagency pass (we use America the Beautiful). Nestled within rolling prairies it is a quaint campground with lovely views. The gravel road to get here is well maintained. Amenities include potable water (hand pump so can be challenging to fill large containers), garbage cans, fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilet. Very spotty service on ATT.

August 25th, 2020 Sauk Community Park

Potable water spicket located at the bathroom near the campground. This is part of the community area for the park so totally legal.

August 24th, 2020 Sauk River Park

Cute little community campground nestled right in the town of Melrose, MN. I can imagine this place being busy on the weekends with the playgrounds and baseball fields nearby. We showed up on a Monday and all but one RV spot was taken. RV spots are $20 per night with water and electric. We're in a self-contained sprinter van so opted for the $10 dry tent site. Very peaceful along the river with a picnic table and firering. Dumpstation available by the entrance and potable water near the bathroom.

August 21st, 2020 Minnesota Rest Stop

Rest stop as soon as you cross over from Wisconsin to Minnesota. Signs say 4 hour limit for cars and 10 hours for commercial vehicles. We are in a converted Sprinter van so are going to chance it with the semis.

Update: It was fine. Stayed longer than 10 hours, but so did several other vehicles.

August 20th, 2020 Governor Dodge State Park

We drove through just to take a look and the Twin Valley campground looks very nice with a lot of privacy between sites. No FCFS available due to COVID-19, so call 888-305-0398 for reservations. They are also not selling day passes right now so you can only access the beach if you have the annual pass which is $38.

August 20th, 2020 Pigeon Creek Campground

Large established campground near a lake that is good for non-motorized boating. Lots of privacy between sites. Toilets and potable water available. $21 per night ($16 plus taxes/fees) so a little spendy for what you get. Spotty service on ATT.

August 20th, 2020 Black river falls

I would not recommend staying here. This is an ACTIVE logging area with heavy machinery down the three roads we explored. Stay at your own risk.

August 19th, 2020 Spring Green Boat Launch

Spent one night here with no problems. Nice view of the river, but it has a very fast current so I would not recommend swimming. Showed up around 6 PM and there were still several trucks and boat trailers in the parking lot. Only one other car stayed the night, but it did not appear to be occupied. No amenities and weak service on ATT. Free!

August 18th, 2020 Illinois beach state park

This campground is open, but operating at lower capacity due to Covid-19. This place is huge and there's at least 20 FCFS site. We showed up at 5 PM on a Tuesday and were able to get a spot. Beach access, potable water, dump station, free showers, fire rings, and playground available. Good cell service on ATT. Not a bad place for $25 per night.

August 17th, 2020 Armitage

Spent one night here without issue. Such a great walkable neighborhood and easy access to L train at Fullerton or Armitage Station. Finding a spot can be difficult, but patience will pay off if you are looking for a safe place to stay right in the city.

August 16th, 2020 Blue chip Casino

Stayed here last night in our self-converted sprinter van and had no issues. We didn't check-in with security, just parked farthest from the entrance near two semis. Very quiet night.

August 14th, 2020 Marl Lake Trails Michigan

I would not recommend staying here. Signs at the entrance with designated park hours 8 AM - 10 PM. We planned to stay, but only ended up making dinner as it was monitored by rangers often.

August 14th, 2020 I-75 Rest Area

Large rest area with plenty of space for RV and vans. Bathrooms open all night. Near the highway so expect some noise.

August 13th, 2020 Star Line Ferry Dock

Such a sweet spot! Right on the water and easy access to town. Perfect place to stay if you are trying to catch a ferry over to Mackinac Island. There are several other very obvious overlanders who spent the night and there were no issues.

August 12th, 2020 Twelvemile Beach Campgrounds

Would have been nice to know you need a reservation for this campground before we showed up. Restrictions could be in place due to covid-19, but that is unclear. No way to do online same day or on the spot reservations either. Use at least 48 hours in advance.

August 12th, 2020 Kewadin Casino

Peaceful night sleep, but they definitely expect you to spend money at the casino in order to stay here. About ten RV spots with electric and even though our van doesn't need the hookup they made us park in one. Signs posted stating three night maximum.

August 7th, 2020 Mill Creek Campground

Huge (and I mean HUGE) campground outside of Mackinac City. Right on the shores of Lake Huron and beautiful sunset views. This campground has a pool, two playgrounds, dog park, store, bathhouses, and more. We stayed here for three nights at a tent site with electric and it cost $27 per night.

August 6th, 2020 Good Harbor Bay Parking Lot

Spent the night in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore parking lot at Good Harbor Bay. Signs at the entrance say no camping, but nothing about overnight parking. We slept here in a converted sprinter van and had zero issues. There were several other cars who stayed late and two more that spent the night. It is a popular beach for swimming and watching the sunset. Because it is a National Lakeshore there is a fee ($25 per vehicle for 1-7 days), but you can also use any inter-agency pass for free. Drinking fountain, foot rinse, and pit toilets available.

August 6th, 2020 Traverse City Walmart

Walmart parking in Traverse City. Saw several RV and vans parked here when we got groceries. We did not stay the night, but no signs prohibiting overnight camping. Wanted to make an entry as there are not many free options close to T. C.

July 28th, 2020 Love's Gas Station

Spent the night with the trucks and had a restful sleep.

July 27th, 2020 Hoosier National Forest

Great little spot for an overnight. No problems accessing it in our 2WD sprinter. No amenities. Spotty cell service on ATT. FREE!

July 26th, 2020 Mammoth Cave National Park Campground

Spent one night here. Nothing to say that hasn't ready been said. Can reserve spots on We tried to book a tour online, but we ended up calling and they said right now you can only buy tours in person due to limited availability. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM so we got in line at 8 AM and there were already 50+ people in front of us.

July 24th, 2020 Lake Shelby

Small campground along the banks of a reservoir lake. There is no swimming in the lake, but you are able to fish and kayak. Not sure if they had a price increase since the initial post, but dry tent sites are now $17 plus tax. They have a few FCFS sites, but you can also reserve them on We stayed two nights in our sprinter and had no problems. Dump station, potable water, garbage, flush toilets, and free hot showers available. Place is a bit spendy for what you get, but does the trick if you are in the area exploring the Bourbin Trail.

July 23rd, 2020 Virginia Point Park boat ramp

Stayed here one night in our sprinter van. The sign by the river says no camping, but nothing prohibiting overnight parking. We didn't have any issues. There is an actual campground near this location that has primative sites for $10; the dump station and water belong to them.

July 22nd, 2020 Chief Logan State Park

Lush West Virginia State Park about an hour south of Charleston. The most basic sites they have are $31 a night for a paved slab, fire pit, and electricity. We stayed one night in our sprinter at site #16 and were the only people in the upper loop. Some rigs in the lower lot look to be longterm residents. A bit spendy, but there is also a pool, several playgrounds, and a lodge nearby that you have access to. Campground has potable water, showers, and a dump site. Cell service is decent on ATT. Would recommend if you are looking for a safe place to stay in the area.

July 20th, 2020 Shell station

There are two water pumps. One is taped up and locked, but the one closest to Marcellus Street works just fine. Free.

July 20th, 2020 Jacob's Creek Recreation Area

A hidden gem! Great established campground in the Cherokee National Forest. We showed up on a Monday and were able to grab a lakefront spot for two nights. The lake is amazing for swimming, boating, or fishing. Each campsite has a table and firepit. Flush toilets, showers, dump, and potable water available. Cell service spotty on ATT. $12 per night or $6 with any inter-agency pass. Likely can reserve spots on Look for Loop C if you want to be on the lake.

July 18th, 2020 Overlook Pullout

Another Blue Ridge pullout near Pisgah National Forest. There are quite a few of these scenic overlooks and I think you can spend the night at any of them as there are no signs prohibiting overnight parking once you get out of the NF. We were the only ones here for two nights, but the next pullout had three van when we drove by. Decent cell service on ATT. No amenities aside from a killer view.

July 18th, 2020 Roadside Camping

Not sure if Covid related, but currently in this national forest you are unable to camp within 1000 ft of the road. Unable to camp here in our van at this time.

July 17th, 2020 Bad Fork Valley Overlook

Overlook pullout along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spent one night in our sprinter van and had no issues. No signs prohibiting overnight parking. Gorgeous view of the mountains and valley. No cell phone reception on ATT.