• Call us at 815-437-2226
  • Visit us at 7597 Log Cabin Hill Rd. Putnam, IL 61560
  • About Us

  • Condit's Ranch was established in 1960. Ken and Julann Condit and Don and Amanda Condit purchased the beautiful bluff property from their elderly Aunt and Uncle. 

    Ken and Julann were both educators and Don and Amanda farmed several acres in a nearby community. They began with a small area for camping and horse stables in the "old red barn". The "old red barn" underwent renovation in 2008. It proudly hosts many activities for the campers! As the campground grew, Don and Amanda purchased a farm a mile down the road from the campground and moved the horses there. Ken and Julann, while still educators, continued to run the campground with their 4 daughters. 

    The stables and campground both began as hobbies, but their love for the area and opportunity to share it with others made it into a place for all to treasure. In 2005, Don and Amanda “retired” the horses, closing the stables for public riding. However, if you drive by, there are still some long, 4-legged beauties in the pasture as his son and family who now live there, have a few horses of their own along with a few borders. 

    The Condit roots run deep in the area. The town of Putnam was originally settled by and named after their ancestors. The name was changed from Condit to Putnam when the railroad came through. There are still several reminders present in town though. The Condit Memorial library still stands today and many of the streets in the town are named after relatives. 

    The area is also rich in Native American history as the Potawatomi tribe once inhabited it. Chief Senachwine is a well known historical figure in the area with many namesakes. The campground began with just a few sites having simple amenities. NOW with over 300 sites, the campground caters to the primitive campers, who carry only a tent, to full hook-up sites for the largest of rigs. Condit's has a spot for everyone! 

    In 2007, we lost one of our founding fathers, dad, Kenny, Grandpa, Mr.Condit; he wore many hats through his lifetime. He touched many lives with his friendly disposition, positive attitude and that wonderfully warm smile! Those memories help to ease the ache of loss and encourage us to carry on. His spirit is definitely with us as we begin a new, promising camping season! The dedication page is in honor of him.

  • Kenneth Condit's Dream and Legacy

    Thirty-five years ago you bought an overgrown farm,
    With broken down fences and a dilapidated barn.
    There were wild turkeys and goats running all around,
    The grass was so long you couldn’t see the ground.
    But you held your head high and pursued your dream,
    To transform it into a campground and work as a team.

    The fences were taken down and the barn repaired,
    The farmhouse became an office and a home which we shared.
    The bulldozers came and roads were made,
    Dead trees were removed and walking trails laid.

    Creating a tree farm was part of your dream,
    We spent years planting small pines and worked as a team.
    One special day, just you and I Dad, together planted hundreds of
    trees and felt quite glad.
    As evening emerged across the wide open sky,
    The colors of the sunset beheld our eye.
    And at that special moment as our planting was done,
    With nature’s inspiration we named that area Setting Sun.

    As the years passed by new improvements were made;
    The shower house, garbage dumpsters, new trees for more shade.
    Most memorable will always be the four little lakes,
    For each of them you gave a daughter’s name sake.
    Lake Julie, Lake Froncie, Lake Theresa and Lake Sue,
    Your four loving daughters and original work crew.

    Many treasured moments were around the campfire ring,
    roasting marshmallows, telling stories and songs we would sing.
    Now we’ve come full circle with new memories being made,
    For nine grandchildren a heritage that will never fade.

    Thirty-five years later that old grown-up farm,
    has become a masterpiece of beauty with nature’s charm.
    We will always feel blessed to have been part of your team,
    Thank you Dad, for showing me how to follow a dream.