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.

Crab Orchard Lake Marina

762 Playport Road
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-997-3344
Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Crab Orchard Lake Marina is home to the Crab Orchard Lake Sailing Association and is located ¼ mile south of Route 13 and Spillway Road.  Restrooms are available and overnight camping is located off-site within the Refuge.  

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-3344
This 43,890 acre National Wildlife Refuge is primarily in southwestern Williamson County, but with small extensions into adjacent eastern Jackson and northeastern Union counties of southern Illinois. Its land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. It centers on Crab Orchard Lake. Major habitat types on the refuge include hardwood forest, agricultural land, grazing units, brushland, wetlands, and lakes. Other major bodies of water on the refuge are Devil's Kitchen Lake and Little Grassy Lake.

Creal Springs City Park

295 East Blue Avenue
Creal Springs, IL 62922
Phone: 618-996-2311
Home of the annual Wonder Water Reunion festival.

Devils Kitchen Lake Campground

8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-3344
Part of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, this primitive campground offers 8 sites and a shower house.

Dunn's Sporting Goods

1904 West Rendleman Street
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-997-3626
Locally owned sporting goods store that opened in 1980. Specializes in hunting and fishing accesories, apparel, and much more. Find decoys, ammunition, and archery supplies all in one stop.

Energy Bruce Park Start! Walking Path

100 Front Street
Energy, IL 62933
Phone: 618-942-6212
The park, boasting covered pavilions, basketball courts, softball fields and plenty of children’s playground equipment, is ringed by a paved and lighted ½-mile walking track.  The track encircles the entire park and has a gentle slope on the northern end.  Park hours are from sun-up to sundown.

Gander Outdoors

2480 Blue Heron Drive
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-964-9546
Serving outdoorsmen throughout all of Southern Illinois, the Marion Gander Outdoors has everything you need for your next adventure.  If you're heading out to Crab Orchard Lake or up to Rend Lake, we've got the latest water toys, boating equipment, and fishing gear to make your trip a success.  We also carry top brand-name clothing, camping equipment, and, for the hunter, a huge assortment of guns and hunting supplies.  Plus, our expert staff is ready to help with everything you need.

Good Guys Motorsports

3008 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: 618-988-9194
Your Yamaha, Kawasaki & Suzuki Motorcycle, ATV & UTV Dealer in Southern Illinois.

Harrison's Sport Shop

15993 Cambria Road
Hurst, IL 62949
Phone: 618-987-2030
Whether you're looking for a new Landau, Skeeter, or G3 boat to relax on the water or catch the next big tournament, we have you covered.  We also stock new Yamaha and Mercury motors so that you can keep your current boat running because we understand there is nothing like Dad's old boat.

Selecting a boat is an important, personal and family decision.  To you, our customer, it is vital that the pontoon boat is set-up for your needs and desires- exactly the way you want it... More »

Herrin Downtown Start! Walking Path

3 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: 618-942-5163
Begin at the Chamber office to pick-up your Healthy Herrin Passport to participate in the Healthy Herrin Program.  This 1.66-mile path goes through Downtown Herrin and is marked by Start! Walking Path signs on both sides of the street and in some downtown Herrin business windows.  The Herrin Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy Herrin Program encourages you to utilize the path during daylight hours and to help keep the path clear of debris by placing trash in the receptacles on the corners along the path... More »



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