Outdoor Recreation
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Williamson County is a regional destination for a wide variety of high-quality outdoor recreation and sporting events.  Visitors can experience exceptional fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, hiking scenic trails, cycling (on and off-road), camping, swimming, and picnicking.  Enjoy easy access to a national wildlife refuge, a national forest, our great lakes, and local parks.

Arrowhead Lake Campground

1600 Peterson Avenue
Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: 618-983-3535
Located on the northeast corner of Johnston City, this 35-acre lake includes a paved boat ramp for fishing, walking path, and campground. Only electric motors and canoes are permitted. You will find largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, and channel catfish in this small reservoir.

Arrowhead Lake Nature Trail

1600 Peterson Avenue
Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: 618-983-3535
The 2.13-mile nature trail with numerous slopes, winds around the peaceful Arrowhead Lake adjacent to the Campground.  The trail is rocked with benches along the route for resting.  Walkers and bikers are welcome as well as pets on a leash.  Water fountains (for humans and pets) available during the summer season, restrooms available year round.  Parking, playground and picnic area is adjacent to the nature trail.  Hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Arrowhead Lake Park

1600 Peterson Avenue
Johnston City, IL 62951
Phone: 618-983-3535
Playground, pavilion and campsites available at Arrowhead Lake.

Blue Heron Marina and Campground

3697 Old Route 13
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2572
Blue Heron Marina & Campground is Carterville's premier marina located on beautiful Crab Orchard Lake. Established in the early 1940s, the marina includes docks with 137 slips, a boat ramp, club house, and boat rental which includes pontoons, paddle boats, and canoes. The campground includes 34 water and electric sites, primitive tent camping, and a full-service shower house and dump station.

The alcohol-free, family-oriented marina & campground is available to the public who choose to pay an annual user fee of $125 (approximately $10... More »

Bruce Park

100 Front Street
Energy, IL 62933
Phone: 618-942-6212
Located in the center of Energy, Bruce Park is a nicely manicured 8-acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields.  The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports.  While you are there, take a look at the military memorial.  There is also a schoolhouse bell monument that stood on the site.

Cambria Park Start! Walking Path

600 South Maple Street
Cambria, IL 62915
Phone: 618-985-6082
This is an asphalted, ½-mile, well-lit path in the center of town.  The path is very child friendly and surrounds a playground.  Restrooms are available.  Parking lot accessible.  No pets please.

Cannon Park

120 North Greenbriar Road
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2252
This beautiful Carterville park includes a community center, baseball field, skate park, walking path that surrounds a fishing pond, volleyball courts (sand), playground, pavilion, gazebo, and memorial garden. Ball fields and shelters can be reserved.

Cannon Park Start! Walking Path

Cannon Drive
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2252
Located on the Northwest edge of Cannon Park, just north of the Harrison Bruce Annex/Carterville Community Center.  The walking path is approximately 0.6 miles, asphalted, well lit, and beautifully landscaped.  Bring your kids and let them fish in the pond, or skate at the skate park—both very close by.  Parking and restrooms are available.  Runners and walkers are welcome, no dogs please.

Carterville's Got Heart!

101 South Division Street
Carterville, IL 62918
Phone: 618-985-2252
This 1-mile walking path gives you the opportunity to check out historic downtown Carterville.  Make sure to take a moment and look closely at the antique architectural features that still grace many of our buildings.  Most of these buildings house modern businesses including a furniture store, cabinet company, daycare center and even our city government.  This well lit path is completely paved and pets are welcome.

Crab Orchard Lake Campground

8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-985-4983
This 6,965-acre reservoir is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  It is fed by Devils Kitchen Lake and Little Grassy Lake, which are also within the Refuge.  The lake offers opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and swimming.  Two campgrounds, Blue Heron and Crab Orchard, operate on the northern side of the lake.



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