Great Lakes Naval Training Center

Great Lakes Naval Training Center

 
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Great Lakes Naval Training Center
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Location

Installation
Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Chicago, IL
GPS Coordinates
42.320816, -87.831409
Location Information
Chicago, IL
RV Gate Coordinates
42.32223, -87.83905

Directions

Directions
Enter through the Main Gate off of IL-137 (Buckley Rd). Just ID's were needed. Once you depart the Main Gate, go 0.2 miles straight ahead (to the end) and make a Right on Sampson. Then get into the left lane and make an immediate left onto Decatur. Go 0.1 miles and make a Right onto Mahan (just past the white gazebo on the left). Go down the hill to the Stop sign (0.2 miles). Straight ahead from the Stop, about 60 feet, is the sewage dump on the right (the Marina Building with showers is also there on your right). Turning left at the Stop sign will put you on Ziegemeier Rd. At 0.3 miles there water fill is at the Nunn Beach Pavilion on your right, and the Campground is another 0.4 miles on your right. Check-in is at Bldg. 62. You can call them (847-688-6675) and get your site number and go set up there. Then you can drive your car to check in at the hotel.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(847) 688-6675
Fax Number
(847) 688-4940
Mailing Address
MWR, Bldg 160 Code 6, Naval Station, 2601 E Paul Jones St., Great Lakes, IL 60088-5000
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year-round.
Reservations
Accepted. Call Navy Gateway Inns & Suites for reservations and check in at the hotel.
Pet Information
Allowed with the usual leash and clean- rules.
Campground Information
Higher rates for DoD civilians. The RV Campground borders beautiful Lake Michigan. Upon arriving, campers must register at Bldg 62 before setting up. Sites are assigned when checking-in. The Marina, located on beautiful Lake Michigan, is the perfect spot for boating, sailing or fishing. A charter boat with a captain is available for charter fishing trips. In the summer months, sail training classes are available. Planned activities include fishing contests. The Ship's Store sells boating, fishing/hunting supplies and licenses. Boat slips, moorings and storage are also available, as well as a launch ramp. There are plenty of picnic tables and shelters for family/social outings or official command functions, including the large Beach House, which requires a reservation. Water and dump station is at the Marina building #13 about a mile along the lakefront.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Archery range, Bowling, Propane.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Beach
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Library
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Movie Theater

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Site (Handicap)
1
30,50A
$17 - $19
N/A
$425 - $440
RV Sites
19
30A
$17 - $19
N/A
$425 - $440
Overflow
10
None
$12 - $14
N/A
N/A
Tent
10
None
$12 - $14
N/A
N/A
Group (15 - 45 people)
1
None
$100 - $125
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

The RV Campground borders beautiful Lake Michigan, this year-round camping facility, has 20 concrete sites with electrical hook-ups, restrooms and nearby access to shower facilities. Other amenities include a beach with a beach house, fishing piers with a cleaning station, a playground, picnic areas and an archery range. Campers also have access to the Marina Rental Center and the Ship's Store. Campers can reserve a site in person, by phone or online.

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June 1, 2016

Can't add much more than what jmccombs says about the place. Found it difficult to find the check in spot, signs were spotty especially from main gate. Walked around base, nice historic district, museum and large exchange. Commissary off base, hit it on the way out, nice early bird opening of 0700. The water drainage surrounding rv site is slow and the area was mucky, the view makes up for it's shortcomings.

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20 May 2016

What a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. We were able to spend two weeks plus at this campground (27-30 Apr and 6-20 May 2016).  We made two trips, one for three nights to get the lay of the land, the second visit was for two weeks.  The location is wonderful, right on the lake with a back in site (#14) that allows us to view the lake through our front and side windows. We did have issues trying to locate the main gate.  We parked our coach in a large lot on Sheridan Ave and drove our jeep around to locate the main gate, the Navy Lodge and the campground.  I suggest following Hwy 137 to Martin Luther King Jr Dr., turn right across the railroad tracks then turn right on Sheridan Rd.  The main gate is tow traffic lights down on Farragut Ave.  We had no issues going through the main gate with our ID cards, all of the gates guards where professional, polite and in most cases friendly.  The information Kokomo36 provided in August, 2014 was excellent.  The road signs directing you to the RV Campground will take you to the Naval Lodge to register.  A few tight turns and you drive across the installation to get to the campground.  Tight in some places and lots of sailors moving around.  I rated "Amenities/Facilities" 3 because of the condition of the campground and the location of the water and dump.  The weather left a lot to be desired, we had rain most of the 17 days we were there.  The grounds turned into small lakes and lots of mud.  Impossible to get into our coach without stepping through the water and mud.  The sites are close together and did not allow much space to relax next to your coach.  The fresh water is still .3 miles down the road and you have to park on the road close to a large bend in the road.  I had to be a road guard to ensure the vehicles could safely get by while I filled my fresh water tank.  The dump station is another .3 miles along the same road and presents a few challenges also.  You can obtain Propane close to the dump station at the Marina.  The laundry, showers and latrines were in the best condition of any campground we have stayed at.  They were extremely clean and well maintained.  We did find a NEX, gas station and Food Court on the installation, the Main NEX and Commissary are off base.  The staff at the Lodge and the Marina where great.  All friendly professional individuals willing and able to assist.  No improvements to the facilities, campground had ditches across the road, lots of pot holes, poor drainage, 30A power.  The location, view and the people make this a place we will return to in the future.  Overall a fantastic RV campsite.

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18 SEP 2014

Nice relaxing campsite on the water. Beaches are nice to walk on. We were told that they are going to upgrade the RV campsites very soon. They currently have only electric at the sites. The staff at the lodging facility were very friendly, however, they were not aware of the best gates to utilize to gain access on base. Additionally, as stated in an earlier post, the gate guards seemed to make up there own rules. Example: They told me that my retired ID card, with my social security number on it, needed to be changed out to a new ID card without the SS#. No problem, right? Well, the following day, at the same gate, the guard said, "Your ID card is suspended. I should not let you on bases. You need a new card." He then said, "I should confiscate this card, but, get it replaced by tomorrow." Of course when I went to get it replaced, the ID card personnel stated that this was not true. They stated that the guards are just trying to get people to get new cards. Other than that experience, the campground and base facilities were very nice. Good gyms, close BX, however, the large BX and commissary are off base.

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August 10, 2014

I found the previous instructions a little confusing, so I hope to give you more details here. As stated, enter through the Main Gate off of IL-137 (Buckley Rd). Just ID's were needed. Once you depart the Main Gate, go 0.2 miles straight ahead (to the end) and make a Right on Sampson. Then get into the left lane and make an immediate left onto Decatur. Go 0.1 miles and make a Right onto Mahan (just past the white gazebo on the left). Go down the hill to the Stop sign (0.2 miles). Straight ahead from the Stop, about 60 feet, is the sewage dump on the right (the Marina Building with showers is also there on your right). Turning left at the Stop sign will put you on Ziegemeier Rd. At 0.3 miles there water fill is at the Nunn Beach Pavilion on your right, and the Campground is another 0.4 miles on your right. As suggested, somewhere around here, call MWR (847-688-6675) and get your site number and go set up. After that, you can drive your car to check in at the Navy Lodge at Bldg. 62. which is NOT in the area of the Campground. The Campground is nice! Verizon Cell & data are excellent! The Restrooms at the Campground are pit toilets. The showers are in the Marina Bldg. and were very clean. The NEX is on-base, the Commissary and Package Store are off-base. All-in-all a nice stop.

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27-28 July 2014

What a great GREAT experience on the Great Lakes. The RV Park is a rock throw from Lake Michigan and the views are phenomenal. The people at the marina are superb and we were able to take a chartered fishing trip right out of the marina. Yes, there is no sewer or water hookup and the bath house is not very convenient but everything else makes up for it. Chicago is real close and a day on the Navy Pier is a must. There is easy access to public transportation...will make a point of visiting again and will book more than a few days.

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Aug 28th - Sep 2, 2013

This campground is surely a "diamond in the rough". We did have some problems locating the correct main gate, but we did get some really friendly and nice treatment from the security team. This campground is truly right on the edge of Lake Michigan and is a beautiful area with concrete pads and electric hook up. If this campground would add water hook ups, this campground would be top notch. Still I would go back again now that I somewhat know my way around. If you are coming thru that area, I would recommend it. Happy Camping.

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11-14 June 2013

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - Location next to Lake Michigan is great but $17 per night is a bit expensive for 30A site only. No water or sewer connections.

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(Updated: June 21, 2013)
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June 17-22, 2013

I'll have more later, but the biggest update is to know that Gate 5 has been closed and will remain closed. Now, you must enter through the main gate. But, prior to that you must register at Pass and ID just north of the main gate. This can be a bit tricky for big rigs, but can be done. Once you have registered your vehicle(s), use the round-about to get in line for the main gate. The easiest way to get to the campground is drive to the marina, than go north on the road to the campground. (Ask for a map when you register). Find a spot to park your rig, then go to the billeting office to secure your site. All of this is very cumbersome and can make checking in a frustrating experience. Do not let anyone tell you to enter through Gate 5. If you try, you will end up near a low railroad bridge and probably will have to unhook your dingy to turn around. To get more information on this, try calling the billeting office. However, I found all the personnel on the staff to be completely unaware of the status of Gate 5 and generally unaware of the difficulty in setting up an RV for an extended stay. Good luck!!!

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(Updated: September 12, 2012)
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August 19-21, 2012

For Chicago it's a good location, about an hour drive to downtown. The biggest problem was getting onto the base. Went to the main gate which is required and easy to find but the civilian guards had no idea there was an RV facility there. They told me I had to go to MWR but since it was 1500hrs on Sunday they said it was closed and that I would need to return tomorrow. They wanted me to back up into the traffic circle and go away. With a 43 foot class A motor home pulling a toad I said no. I offered to pull forward where I would be out of the way and we would work it out. No go. By that time my wife had the lodging people on the phone but the guard refused to talk to them. By this time other police had arrived and they had to open the other side of the gate to allow base traffic in. Finally a police officer arrived in a patrol car and I was told to follow him. I did but since I had not talked to him I had no idea where he was taking me. I finally stopped the coach and got out and then I was able to talk to the officer. He said he was taking me to the RV park and I could unhook the car and find the office. There is room to do that and there was no problem. There is only one 50 amp lot and that seems to be permanently occupied. Only about 50% of the spots were being used and the office let us pick which one we wanted. No problem with those people although they don't seem to have much knowledge about RVs or there needs. Water is located down the road by most of the dry boat slips and lots of room to turn around.

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13 June 2012

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - We made our reservation under the old system and when we arrive 4 days later it was the first day the new system was in effect. The folks at blg 5 went ahead and checked us in anyway, saving us a trip up to the hotel. At the campground we found our assigned site already occupied. Someone drove down immediately and assigned us a new spot.

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(Updated: July 22, 2012)
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July 2012

New policy is The Navy Lodge at Great Lakes (847) 688-6675 now handles RV Reservations and the Marina handles the 2 overflow sites. We needed to stay here for 1 night on our trip out west. The Navy Lodge confirmed me for 1 site. We showed up and it was already given to some one else with no sites available so they directed us to the Marina who sold us 1 of the 2 overflow sites. Each had water and 20 amp regular house type outlets. We arrived at gate 5 as instructed and the DOD guard first tried to tell us we needed to go to Pass & Id first to get a pass but another Guard trumped him after a phone call to his boss & we were allowed to enter. Signs were posted that the water was not safe to swim in. I received around 7 TV Channels & Virgin MIFI 2200 worked well at this site. Gas prices on base were high almost identical with off base prices. At check in, ask the Navy Lodge for coupons for food delivery service to the rv site, pizza etc.

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(Updated: May 07, 2012)
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May 6, 2012

The campground is very difficult to find and not user friendly for big rigs. You have to drive past the campground to the boat yard to check in. There is not much room to turn around there and the water/dump sites are very difficult to access due to their location. We were told we would be in one site, but when we arrived, someone was in that site and the office was not aware. They changed our site to another one and we found that one to be filled with trash bags at 3pm. We called the office and stated we would be taking yet another site due to the trash left that we would not clean up. At 8:30pm. no one had bothered to come and clean up the trash.

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Aug 4 - Sept 6 2011

One of the most friendly staff we have come across. The frontage road was under construction but even with having to travel thru the base to get to the dump I would of still went back. One of the most beautiful views you could ask for.

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September 6-14 2011

Beautiful view watching the sun come up over Lake Michigan. The frontage road to the Marina is open. The staff and amenities are fantastic. It was easy to dump. We would definitely stay again.

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June,24 till July 5,2011

Location is great, views to die for. Only electric but so what, deal with it the negative for me is that the water and sewer dump is a long way down the road. The out house's are great for what they are [no smell, clean] the workers at the marina are great.

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Oct 6 - 8, 2010

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: Not the easiest place to get into. There was quite a bit of road construction and with 2 roads with railroad tracks in the middle it took a while to find the way to the gate. It would be helpful if the gates were numbered so one would be sure they were at the right one. Also be sure if you're going out in the evening you can find your way back in. The 2 gates we were familiar with both closed early and we were lucky some friendly sailors directed us to the only one open. Again, if it hadn't been for the road construction it would probably be a lot easier. The campground is great, the view can't be beat. We weren't bothered by the lack of water or sewer. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the base, it's a beautiful place.

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Oct. 12 - 18. 2010

G.A. left this review using the Directory software: Beautiful campground; watched the sun rise over the Lake. Nice bathhouse and laundry; pit toilets in campground were the cleanest I've been in and absolutely no smell. Need a campground host to control campers leaving their dogs alone in campers and allowing them to bark "all day long". This was a drawback for us and made some days unpleasant.

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27 Aug - 17 Sep 2010

This campground has it's limitations, but if you know what they are before hand it is not too bad. There is no water, sewage, and they have poor phone reception. However the location, view, quietness, and availability of all on base facilities make this a very nice campground. Water to the campground has been promised for several years now, but still not available on site. The roads, grass and landscaping have all been well maintained. It is a small campground so reservations are a must. The view across Lake Michigan with sailboats and Chicago skyline on the horizon is something special.

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22 Jun - 9 July 2010

Great location, easy access if you check in between 0900 -1500 and use gate 4. Good shoppette on base and a few fast food places attached. McDonalds also a short walk on base. Cell phone service is poor at campground (AT&T) WIFI available at Library and McDonalds on base. Great BX and commissary off base. Stop in at visitors center at gate one after you checkin and get information. Train ride to Chicago is $5.50, half that if in uniform. Travel office at shoppette were you can get tickets for everything. Can get general delivery at Post Office on base. Don't expect to rent a sailboat if you haven't sailed on Lake Michigan, even with credentials. Would be a great place with water and sewer, but not a bad deal at the current price. Reservations are easy to get, but don't expect to remain in the same spot the entire time. Same as other reviews, reservation management system defies logic. Don't stay near the PIT OUTHOUSE. Stinks anytime the wind stops, especially in the morning. Heard the rumors from the oldtimers that installation of water was funded and staked off, but it has been for years. Bonus was fireworks shows on the 4th of July. Could see Chicago and several communities north and south of campground and the base put on a great show and "fair" with food, rides and a concert.

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May 12 - June 10, 2010

We are currently staying at this campground while my husband and I receive medical treatment at the VA Hospital. Pros: The views are magnificent. The price is right especially for the Chicago area. We are currently paying $400 for a month. The Illinois Beach State Park just to the north is $25 nightly, and their 30 amp is not very good. The people at the Marina are very helpful when you register. There is a very clean laundry room at the Marina. This is also where you must water up and dump. Once your rig and car are registered, it is very easy to access the base with your ID. The Exchange and Commissary are off base, but very close and easy to get to. Cons: There is only 30 amp at the sites except for one handicap site which has 50 amp. However, if you watch your usage, 30 amps is fine. You do have to drive a little bit to the water/dump area, and it is a learning curve to get your rig exactly right for dumping and watering because a large concrete abutment is sheltering the dump area. We had to pull forward more so our bays would open. There are several rigs here who seem to be living fulltime; some seem to be used for storage since we have been here a week and never seen anyone at their site. Overall we would definitely stay here again. We have a 40 ft motorhome.

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