A former private campground near Utica, Ill., in the north-central part of the state, has been purchased by the Illinios Department of Natural Resources and will no longer be used as a campground, The Times of Ottawa reported

The DNR bought the former White Oak Campground property north of Grand Bear Lodge in Utica and has transferred the 51 acres as a land and water reserve addition to Starved Rock State Park.

It is not currently open to the public and will not become a state campground, according to Illinois officials.

The property was purchased from the estate of the late Helen Simonson, of Ottawa, for $900,000.

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