Casino Camping Location Report – Quad Cities

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October 17, 2008

I mentioned in my last post that I’m traveling through the Midwest and writing about several locations for Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine.  After leaving Dubuque, Iowa we traveled about 70 miles south to the Quad Cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island.  If you make this trip, and have time, we recommend taking the “Great River Road” — longer, but more scenic.  We were in a hurry, so we took US-61. 

Isle of Capri, Bettendorf, IA

On the west bank of the Mississippi river you’ll find the Isle of Capri, Bettendorf, IA.  This is a very large casino complex spread over many acres, and they have a huge parking area for RVs and trucks.  It’s gravel, level, in fairly good shape with no big potholes.  It looks big enough to accommodate a small RV rally, so there’s room to get away from the trucks and their running engines.  No check-in procedure, staying for a few nights is OK, security drives through and it’s well lit.

The casino operation is in a large riverboat, tied up for dockside gambling and open 24/7.  It’s an attractive and modern casino, and you won’t feel like you’re on a riverboat from the inside.  If you like to gamble, they have all the machines and table games you’d want, along with a very nice smoke-free poker room on the top deck.

On the “land side” they have a very good buffet, a sandwich shop/grill, and Farraday’s steakhouse which is excellent.  Be aware that the buffet closes between meals; we ate a very nice breakfast there, but only had about 15 minutes to eat because we arrived a little late.  In the evenings and on weekends they have a sports bar/pub called the Caribbean Cove with lots of big TVs for your favorite game and bar food.  They also sometimes have live entertainment.  Note that things are spread out a little and on several floors.  They actually have two hotels, an older one that’s OK and a newer one that’s really very nice.  There’s also a convention center.  The Buffet and sandwich shop are on the 2nd floor of the original hotel closest to the casino.  The steakhouse and Caribbean Cove are on the ground floor in the convention center area.

The Isle of Capri also has another casino in the area, the Rhythm City Casino about 4 miles west.  There’s no RV parking there, but they run a shuttle between the two properties.  Rhythm City is more of a locals place, smaller, good buffet.  I liked it and recommend trying both casinos to see which suits you the best.

Isle of Capri casinos is an RV friendly business overall, with locations in many states from Mississippi to Colorado to the Midwest.  Wherever they have space, and local ordinance permits, they allow overnight RV parking.  We encourage you to take advantage of their hospitality and give them your business in the casino, restaurants, etc.

Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island, IL

I’ll mention Jumer’s because they’re building a new casino and plan to allow RV parking.   Their current facility is a dockside casino, and the parking area is NOT suited for oversize vehicles.  The new place will be located at I-280 exit 11, and will open in December.  They plan to allow RVers to overnight in the large parking area behind the casino.  At this point there are no details about the process, whether registration is required, etc.  So be sure to call them before going there, or check my website for an update.  Here’s a bit of trivia for you; Illinois doesn’t allow “land based” casinos, they have to be over water, so Jumer’s casino floor is built over a shallow pool of water!

If you’re in Rock Island before December it’s worth stopping at Jumers current place because it’s a fun casino, and a historic place.  Jumer’s was the first casino to open in Illinois in the early 1990’s and is a classic riverboat casino of the era.

Now I continue to head East with 3 more planned stops in the midwest before heading south with the geese!

Happy travels, and good luck in the casinos,


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  1. Triah

    I wish you would update this blog, cuz Jumer’s Casino has been done for quite sometime. It is just the most beatiful & elegant place. It’s worth the trip. Vegas style girls, pond, balconies, 4 restaurants, dance club, golf, spas, hair salon, & the rooms/suites are so grande (besides all the gambling areas lol), and so much more. This place brought a new elegance to our Quad Cities.

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  3. Hi Tom, John, and TXBrad, thanks for your comments.

    TXBrad, some casinos are like an overnight at Wal-Mart. Others allow several nights “dry camping”, and some have RV parks ranging from Water/Electric with a dump all the way up to “Resort” level parks with heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts, golf course, etc.

    I expect the casinos with actual RV parks will be in Woodalls. For all the rest my website is a handy tool; There are also a few books on the topic; one very good one by Jane Kenny is titled “Casino Camping” and is available at Camping World and most major bookstores.

  4. TXBrad

    Are most Casinos ” Dry camping ” ? Any central dump water stations?
    Can you “set-up” w/ cookimg outside> Or these like a wal-mart stay ?
    Is there a web-site to find Casinos w/ full “park” hook-ups /shade , etc. Or just search Woodalls ?

  5. John Hemeyer

    If you head south on 61, you’ll find a casino at LaGrange, Missouri named “Terrible’s” . Although small, it does have an RV park as part of the property but about a block away. You can also park RV’s and TT’s right across the highway from the Casino. This is about 20 miles north of Hannibal and across the river from Quincy, Ill.

    Several hundred machines, and table games. A lady hit 2 million on a progressive slot machine two summers ago. My best night was $5,200 on a nickel video poker 3-hand machine. It is not known for loose slots but is still a fun place. The lock and dam at Lagrange is interesting if barges are running. Otherwise, it’s a lovely drive – especially in the fall.

    Also – 130 miles south is St. Louis with several casinos on both sides of the Mississippi.

    We enjoy your blog, BTW.

  6. Loved your article. I traveled the Quad Cities some 10 years ago and now I’m homesick !!!

    The old riverboat was owned by the Streckfus Line out of Louisanna and was docked in St. Louis for excursions until the Admiral replaced it. Was named the President.

    Glad to sees it’s still doing yeoman service and not scrapped like our wonderful WW2 ships.