With lots of vacation destinations either closed for the summer, or enforcing strict guidelines, families are looking for ways to take a vacation this summer. Well, who doesn't love camping? The fresh air, nature, scary stories, campfires (and S'mores!) And what's better than camping, you ask? How about camping for FREE!? Fortunately, there are plenty of sites right here in the Tri-States to do just that.

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    Fenway Landing - Canton, MO

    Fenway Landing is one of those camp sites where you can enjoy the Mississippi, watch the barges go through the dam, and the kids can play in the park.

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    Buck and Doe Run Conservation Area

    Also located in Canton, this site offers RV parking, tent camping, and hunting. This campsite is great for the hunter in the family.

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    Bear Creek - Ursa, IL

    They have more than 30 sites available (including RV sites), but according to the freecampsites.net, you might want to avoid this one during the heavy flood months of summer.

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    Sunnyside School Access - LaGrange, Missouri

    Open all year, this site offers campers RV parking, tent camping, fishing and hunting; a great location to get away for the weekend without traveling too far.

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    Jojn Hay - Hull, Illinois

    Though open all year, this site's proximity to the water might be a better option during the fishing and boating months.

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    No 22 Park N Fish - Hull, Illinois

    It says it all in the name of the park! Park, camp, and get to fishing!

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    Anderson (Edward) Conservation Are - New London, Missouri

    You can stay up to fourteen days at this campground. Amenities include RV parking, tent camping, fishing and hunting.