Original, hand-drawn Lake Alexander logo (1965).
Digital, color Lake Alexander logo (2015).
Lake Alexander RV Park
Joe and Thecla Kwak were both born on the south side of Chicago, but they moved to the Momence area early in their lives and lived the farm life as newlyweds. On the farm, they were always close to nature and spent hours working in the outdoors. As their family grew with six children, they took annual camping vacations to National Parks throughout the Nation, and their kids adopted their love of nature and the outdoors.
Joe and Thecla envisioned transforming a recently purchased property of farmland and bottomland hardwood forest along the Kankakee River into a campground. In 1965, that vision was realized, as they cut roads, cleared campsites, installed water and electricity, built a campstore and recreation hall, added a river boat ramp, and dug a new pond for swimming. They named their dream Lake Alexander Campground after Thecla’s father, who left them a modest inheritance to serve as a down payment on the property.
Over the years, Lake Alexander functioned as a vibrant, social, and recreational center for campers near and far. Many families from Chicago stayed for weekends or the entire camping season, as a respite from their hectic lives in the city. The Kwak family also hosted many big events, such as Boy Scout jamborees, bluegrass music festivals, and Civil War reenactments.
As the years passed, the scenic, ecological, and cultural values of the camp became more recognized and appreciated by the owners and campers alike. Joe and Thecla both passed away after leading long and enriched lives together, but the Kwak family continues their legacy, Lake Alexander, as a campground for over 50 years. It’s become a quiet family atmosphere for those who appreciate its natural beauty and the peaceful recreation it provides. The Kwak kids manage the camp with a natural and sustainable focus to maintain the unique character and values of the land, water, fish, and wildlife — to share with our camping friends. Come join us!