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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.

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 »

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.

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.  

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.

Lake of Egypt

11543 Lake of Egypt Road
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-964-1448
Lake of Egypt is a privately owned reservoir located six miles south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres with 90 miles of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet. The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.

Little Grassy Lake Campground & Marina

788 Hidden Bay Lane
Makanda, IL 62958
Phone: 618-457-6655
Little Grassy Lake Campground & Marina sits on Little Grassy Lake, located inside Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  It offers boating and fishing opportunities where the fisherman is king and the Bass and Crappie are his chief antagonist.  Where 1,000 acres of crystal clear water, 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, up to 80 feet deep and 31 miles of wooded rocky shoreline create the most scenic lake in southern  Illinois.

Mack's Lake of Egypt Marina

12024 Laguna Drive
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-964-1821
This marina offers new and used boats, seasonal slip rental, boat launch, boat dock and lift sales, rental pontoon boats, rental fishing boats, full line of boating accessories, full convenience store, package beer, liquor and wine.

Pyramid Acres Marina and Campground

12171 Marina Road
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-964-1184
Offers gas, bait, tackle, ice, beer, groceries, laundry, contour maps and camping with water and electricity. Open all year.  Located at the northeastern edge of Lake of Egypt.



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