Camping is a very popular recreational activity in Southeastern Illinois with several state parks and campgrounds to enjoy.
Beall Woods State Park
9285 Beall Woods Ave., Mount Carmel
Hours: Open daily from sunrise to 10:00 pm. It is closed on Christmas and New Years Day as well as the third week of November and the first weekend in Decemb
16 Class C Camping Sites, Restrooms, Phone
Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking and hunting at Beall Woods (pronounced Bell). While a working farm owned by the Beall family since the 1880s, almost half of the 635 acres consisted of forest that had never been cleared. Located on the banks of the Wabash River 6 miles south of Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, Beall Woods today is a 329-acre old-growth forest and one of few remaining virgin forests on the east side of the Mississippi River. It was dedicated in 1966 as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is also registered as a National Landmark. Don't miss the new interactive Visitor's Center with exhibits and educational displays explaining the natural history of the area.
There are more than 300 trees in the preserve that measure more than 120 feet tall with diameters close to three feet.
The park offers five hiking trails that provide an excellent view of the forest.
There is also a 15-acre lake that is stocked with bass, blue gill, catfish, and trout for anglers.
Other park activities include hunting in season, camping and picnicking.
Burrell Woods Park & Campground
CR 1000 E & 1525 N, Carmi
Located North West of Carmi. GPS 38.098902, -88.195813
There are 5 shelters in the park that are used for picnicking. Each shelter is equipped with water, electricity and grills for cooking. There are 4 children's play areas near these shelters. Three handicapped restroom facilities are centrally located between picnic areas.
A small fishing pond is available for bank fishing only. The pond is stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill. Just behind the pond and over the bridge is a quiet, peaceful walking trail. This trail, which will bring you just a little closer to nature, is approximately ľ mile long and not a hard walk for most people.
25 Camping sites, RV Facilities, Playground, Grills, Dump Station, Fishing Nearby, Showers, Restrooms, Phone, Electric Hookups with 50 AMP Service. Nearly ever site is shaded and firewood is included in the nightly price.
There is a modern bathhouse with 4 showers each, hand dryers, hair dryers and private dressing areas equipped with handicapped sinks, toilets and showers.
A shelter for picnics is in the camp area and is equipped with grills, electricity and water. There are 10 primitive tent camping sites as well.
Memorial Park Drive (Only 1.5 miles from I-64), Grayville
Hours: Open April 1 to November 1
The campground is adjacent to the park and features 25 camping sites including RV Facilities, Restrooms, Showers, Dump Station, Phone, Electric Hookups - 30 AMP, Fishing nearby in lake and close to the Wabash River with Boat Ramp, Hiking Trails, Pool, Playground, Tennis Courts and Baseball Diamonds. Open April 1 to November 1.
Kuhl's Kozy Kampground
1023 N. 500th St. E., Ingraham
125 sites, Electric, Water, Sewer, Restrooms, Dump Station
Kuhl's Kozy Kampground was established in 1976 with a 5 acre lake for fishing and swimming.
Picnic tables are available, along with a playground for children. Campfires are allowed.
Located in the quiet, peaceful countryside of south central Illinois,
Kuhl's Kozy Kampground is ready to become your Kozy get away.
Open: April 1st through November 1st
1282 County Road 000 E, Neoga
Camping, Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Swimming, Park, Marina and much more.
In the heartland of East Central Illinois, Lake Mattoon is Located 7 miles southwest of Mattoon in the Counties of Coles, Shelby and Cumberland.
The Lake is owned by the City of Mattoon and is the City's primary source for water supply. It has a surface area of 1,050 acres with a 55.5 mile shoreline in which 53% is owned by the City. The maximum depth is 35 feet and the average depth is only 10 feet. Being fed by the Little Wabash River, Lake Mattoon is a popular recreation spot for boating, fishing and camping.
Boating and fishing are available almost year round. Camping is available from April 1st thru October 31st
Directions: Exit I-57 at exit 177, then south on SR 45 into the City of Neoga to the first stop sign which is 6th St., turn (right) west on 6th St. until Walnut (first stop sign), then turn North (right) on Walnut and follow the road out of town. Walnut turns into 100/CH118. Turn west (left) at 1250N/CH19 follow road across the Lake, Beach Pavilion is just ahead on the left.
Lake Mattoon Campgrounds (East & West) & Marina
1290 County Road 000 E, Neoga
Campground East is located at 2 County Road 1200 N and Campground West is located at 1290 County Rd E. Please call the marina at 217/254-6680 for camping reservations, bait, fishing and boating license.
Lakeside RV Park & Bait Shop
5238 N. Silver Rd., Olney
60 RV Camping Sites with Facilities; Service amps: 20 and 30 amp, Playground, Dump Station, Fishing Nearby, with Boat Slips, Showers, Restrooms, Phone, Electric Hookups, Water Hookups and Bait Shop.
618/393-4351 (Bait Shop)
Mount Carmerriel RV Park
224 Golden Aces Way, Mount Carmel
8 RV Sites, Water, Sewer, Electric (20,30 & 50 AMP service) Wireless Internet and Cable TV available. No Tents.
Red Hills State Park
1100 N. & 400 E., RR 2, Box 252A, SUMNER
104 Sites, Electric, Water, Restrooms, Showers, Phone, Dump Station
This 950-acre state park offers hiking and biking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and boating.
The park is an important historical crossroad, representing the western most edge of the first land in Illinois ceded by Native Americans to the United States.
Red Hills features many outdoor activities. Fishing and boating, hunting, hiking and horse trails as well as camping are available for all. A recent addition to the park is a log cabin available for visitors to rent on a nightly basis.
In addition, the park is the home to the Trace Inn Restaurant, with lunch and dinner and daily specials, Tuesday - Sunday.
PO Box 330 (East Main Street next to river), Saint Francisville
9 RV Sites, primitive tent sites, water on site, electricity (30 AMP Service), Porta-potties, picnic tables, pavilion, horse shoe pits and boat ramp to Wabash River. Trail riding, 4 wheelers or walking trails.
Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area
R.R. 1, Johnsonville
Boating, Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Picnicking, Swimming, and Wildlife Observation.
This wildlife area was established in 1959 with 40 acres and has grown to cover more than 1,300 acres and includes a 194-acre lake plus several ponds. The lake is surrounded by eight miles of hiking trails. There are several floating docks on the lake for fishing and boat rentals are available at the concession stand. Bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie are the lake's most popular fish. Ice fishing is available during the winter months.
Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area
13225 E. Illinois Hwy. 33, Newton
Boating, Camping (30 sites, Electric, Restrooms, Phone, Dump Station), Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Picnicking
Surrounded by timberland, this 1,800-acre park is popular with hunters and fishermen. It has a 183-acre lake, 840 huntable acres, picnic areas, a 13-mile equestrian trail, a hiking trail, trailer camping and tent sites. Visitors will enjoy driving or walking through the park at dusk to view the many deer and other wildlife.
Sparks Lazy Acres Campground
5641 East & 400 Ave, Bogota
30 full RV hook ups, with water, sewer & electric, (30 AMP service). Restrooms with flush toilets.
Campground is located near Newton Lake and is 1/4 south of the east boat dock gate, 1/2 east on 400 Avenue. (Dump station will be installed in 2010) Tent camping area also. Reasonable priced.
81 County Rd 500 E , Jewett
24 spots available,
Fireworks (special occasions)
Springcreek Campground is located 1 mile north of Montrose.
Enjoy nature with your friends and family at the beautiful camping grounds in Montrose, IL. Springcreek Campground is a camp site with 24 camping spots available. We have some basic comforts available such as electricity and running water so you donít feel too far away from home.
Taylor Lake Campground
6152 N. IL 130, Olney
Ten RV sites, water, sewer and electric hookups (20, 30, 50 amp service) 6 tent sites, lake fishing, shower house, restrooms and playground
Wabash Conservation Club Campground
900E & 1600N (Located north of town at Conservation Lake), Mount Carmel
8 Acre Lake, 35 campsites with water and electric, Shelter House, Playground & Picnic area, Stocked Lake: pan fish, bass & crappie. Membership is $25 per year ($20 for seniors citizens) Open April through November. Camping is only $7.00 per night, but is a first come first serve.