Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise

Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise

Camp Ondessonk is a rustic, outdoor, Catholic youth camp located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. This camping paradise is home to 983 acres of beautiful forest, meadows, creeks, and waterfalls. Ondessonk’s public, open camping begins August 21st; click here for availability.

There are a variety of camping options available at Camp Ondessonk, including:

Tent Camping:  There are several designated areas for tent camping, many of which are equipped with fire rings and picnic tables.

Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise.
Kane Lake

Treehouse Camping:  A limited number of treehouses are available for rent, offering a unique and secluded camping experience.

Treehouse camping Camp Ondessonk Daniel

St. Noel at Camp Ondessonk:  The St. Noel Retreat and Conference Center is a modern, climate-controlled facility with nine hostel-style rooms with meeting and dining space in the basement, a kitchenette, and a common sitting area/library. The building has audio/visual equipment, free WiFi, and event meeting spaces.

Open all year, St. Noel Retreat and Conference Center is the perfect place to get away for the weekend, host a retreat or youth group, or simply enjoy the beauty of Camp Ondessonk and the surrounding Shawnee National Forest without having to “rough it.” 

Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise.
St. Noel

Fournie Lodge:  It’s time to reimagine your Ondessonk experience with a reservation at the Fournie Lodge at Camp Ondessonk. Featuring three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the Fournie Lodge can be divided into two separate suites, or larger groups can enjoy the entire facility. The main unit of the Lodge features an open-concept kitchen, two bedrooms with a queen-sized bed in each, and a bath; plus, a living room with a cozy fireplace, and a large window wall overlooking the lakes and the surrounding grounds. The second unit of the Lodge features a living room with a futon, kitchen and dining area, bathroom along with a bedroom with a great view of the lakes that features a king-sized bed and a second bathroom. 

Both contemporary kitchens are fully equipped for meals and entertaining, including an outdoor grill on a scenic back deck. The amenities include a TV, WiFi, firepit, free private parking on premises, and a front load washer and dryer in each unit.

Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise.
Fournie Lodge

No matter your camping preference, you’re sure to find a spot that’s perfect for you at Camp Ondessonk.

In addition to camping, Camp Ondessonk also offers a variety of other activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating. There are also a number of programs and events offered throughout the year, making it a great place to visit for families, groups, and individuals of all ages.

Camp Ondessonk is a great place to go camping and enjoy the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest. With its various camping options and activities, there’s something for everyone at Camp Ondessonk.

Click here to learn more about hiking and biking at Camp Ondessonk.

Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise.


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