Camp Bullfrog Lake

Boathouse and lake at Camp Bullfrog Lake
The boathouse and lake at Camp Bullfrog Lake.

Camp Bullfrog Lake offers year-round camping, group activities and water-based recreation such as kayak rentals and fishing. Camp steps from the water in the heart of the vast, hilly Palos Preserves and fill your days with hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching adventures.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions

Camp Reinberg, Camp Sullivan, Camp Shabbona and Camp Bullfrog Lake are open from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning for tents and cabins, and every day for RVs. Camp Dan Beard remains closed.

All reservations must be made over the phone: 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267).

For campsite reservations that are scheduled through September 7, there will be no penalty for rescheduling or cancelling regardless of whether they are cancelled by the Forest Preserves or by the permit holder. Call 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267) or email info@cookcountycamping.com to reschedule or receive a refund.

Learn more about COVID-19 cancellations and closures.


Location & Things to Do

Camp Bullfrog Lake

Entrance

9600 Wolf Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Phone

312-636-9785

Things to Do & Amenities

Hours

Year-round: 24 hours a dayClosed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day

Closures & Alerts


Nearby Locations

Explore these nearby locations during your stay:


Camping Options

Non-profits, individual veterans and veteran organizations qualify for a 50% discount for all cabin and bunkhouse reservations for use Sunday through Thursday night; and qualify for a reduced rate of 50% on stated tent or RV non-electric fees, anytime. Register in person or by calling 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267) to receive the reduced rate.


a tent pad near the lake at Camp Bullfrog Lake
A tent campsite at Camp Bullfrog Lake.

Tent Campsite

  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Availability: 5 sites
  • Features:
    • 10′ x 10′ mulched tent pad with timber edge
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring with grate

Most tent campsites require campers to park in the main lot and walk a short distance.

Tent Campsite Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
April – October
(Thu. – Sat. Nights)
$36/night$46/night
April – October
(Sun. – Wed. Nights)
$31/night$41/night
November – March
(All Nights)
$21/night$31/night

an RV campsite at Bullfrog Lake
An RV/tent campsite at Camp Bullfrog Lake.

RV/Tent Campsite (with Electricity)

  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Availability: 26 sites
    • 15 campsites with 30/50 amp electric systems
    • 11 campsites with 20 amp electric system
  • Features:
    • 12′ x 24′, 12′ x 30′, 12′ x 35′ or 12′ x 40′ combined gravel parking space and gravel tent pad with timber edge.*
    • 30/50 amp electric systems, except campsites along the lake (campsites 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30), which have a 20 amp electric system.*
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring with grate

*Double check the parking space length and electric system available at the RV/tent campsite when making your reservation.

RV/tent campsites do not have sanitation stations. Sanitation station located at the south end of Camp Bullfrog Lake.

RV/Tent Campsite Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
April – October
(Thu – Sat Nights)
$51/night$61/night
April – October
(Sun – Wed Nights)
$36/night$46/night
November – March
(All Nights)
$27/night$36/night

a large cabin at Camp Bullfrog Lake
A large cabin at Camp Bullfrog Lake.

Large Cabin

  • Capacity: 10 people
  • Availability: 3 cabins
  • Layout: Large Cabin Floorplan (PDF)
  • Refundable Deposit: $100
  • Features:
    • Heat and air-conditioning
    • Bunk beds for eight people
    • Single beds for two people in a separate room
    • Ceiling fans
    • Private, accessible restroom with toilet, shower and two sinks
    • Porch
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring with grate
Large Cabin Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
April – October
(Thu – Sat Nights)
$127/night$141/night
April – October
(Sun – Wed Nights)
$102/night$114/night
November – March
(All Nights)
$102/night$114/night

a small cabin at Camp Bullfrog Lake
A small cabin at Camp Bullfrog Lake.

Small Cabin

  • Capacity: 8 people
  • Availability: 8 cabins
  • Layout: Small Cabin Floorplan (PDF)
  • Refundable Deposit: $100
  • Features:
    • Bunk beds for eight people
    • Ceiling fan
    • Porch
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring with grate

Small cabins are not heated or air-conditioned. 

Small Cabin Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
April – October
(Thu – Sat Nights)
$84/night$94/night
April – October
(Sun – Wed Nights)
$52/night$63/night
November – March
(All Nights)
$42/night$52/night

Organized Group Campsite

Not Currently Available

  • Capacity: 30 people
  • Availability: 1 site
  • Features:
    • Open field for tents and activities
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring with grate
Organized Group Campsite Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
Year-round$21/tent/night$31/tent/night

Organized Group Campsites must be booked in person or by phone at 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267).


Full Campground Rental

Not Currently Available

  • Capacity: 340 people
  • Availability: Sunday through Thursday year-round, limited dates are available for Friday and Saturday.
  • Features: Exclusive use of all campsites, public buildings and activity areas.
  • Refundable Deposit: $1,400

Applications accepted starting Oct. 16 for the following year. Reservations must be made at the campground at least 10 business days in advance.

Full Campground Rates
Reservation DateCook County ResidentNon-Resident
Monday – Wednesday$3,842/day$4,361/day
Thursday – Saturday$4,673/day$5,192/day
Sunday$3,115/day$3,634/day

Trails

Palos Trail System

The extensive and varied Palos Trail System winds through rolling hills and deep ravines, providing beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.

Location: Hickory Hills, Justice, Palos Hills & Willow Springs

Surface

Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

42.1 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

Fishing at Bullfrog Lake

This 16-acre lake has a maximum depth of 9.9 feet. Two bump-outs are located on the eastern shoreline. Fishing within the campground (along the southwestern shoreline) is restricted to registered campers only.


Kayak Rentals

Registered campers can rent kayaks from the camp office for use on Bullfrog Lake.

  • Single kayak: $10/hr
  • Tandem kayak: $15/hr

Call 312-636-9785 for more information on availability.

Boat rentals are also available at the Maple Lake Boating Center, located just east of the camp across Wolf Rd.


Events & Programs

Every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Forest Preserves staff lead free programs open to all registered campers, including:

  • Friday and Saturday night campfires
  • Special Friday and Saturday evening programs
  • Saturday afternoon activities and hikes
  • Camping skill demonstrations

Each campground has a limited number of Camping Adventure Backpacks available for free check-out, that include binoculars, field guides, a compass, activity sheets and other aids to nature exploration.


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