Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell

Carl Lee Park Pavilion | Jackson County | Murphysboro

1850 Walnut Street Murphysboro, IL    The Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell is a sculptural form which features Zahner manufacturing and engineering technologies. Designed by artist John Medwedeff, this public art project is located at the town center of Murphysboro, Illinois. The project was completed in 2010, and measures 35′ long. The artwork provides […]

Little Grassy Lake

Little Grassy Lake in Jackson County, IL.

788 Hidden Bay Lane | Carbondale IL 62901  Jackson County  618-457-6655  Little Grassy Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.8 km²) reservoir in southern Illinois, created by the damming of Little Grassy Creek, a tributary of Crab Orchard Lake and the Big Muddy River. Most of the lake is located in Williamson County, southeast of Carbondale, Illinois. The […]

Little Grand Canyon

Little Grand Canyon in Jackson County, IL.

346 Etherton Road | Murphysboro IL 62966  Jackson County  Little Grand Canyon is a recreational area within the Shawnee National Forest. A 3.6-mile loop trail constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Offers spectacular views of the Big Muddy River, Turkey Bayou, and the Missouri bluffs across the Mississippi River. Globe Hiking

Lake Murphysboro State Park

Lake Murphysboro State Park in Jackson County, IL.

52 Cinder Hill Drive | West on Route 149 | Murphysboro, Illinois   62966  Jackson County  618-684-2867  This 144-acre lake in Jackson County has 7.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum doth of 40 feet. It provides largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, carp, white bass, and suckers.  Globe Water

Kinkaid Lake

Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, IL.

West of Murphysboro on Rt. 149 | Right on Marina Rd | Murphysboro IL 62966  Jackson County  618-684-4914 | 618-684-2867 This is one of the few lakes in Southern Illinois to successfully stock muskie. It’s 2,750 acres wind around the northwestern hills of Shawnee National Forest. It has 92 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of […]

Johnson Creek Recreational Area

Johnson Creek Recreational Area in Jackson County, IL.

Right off of IL-151 N | On Johnson Creek Rd | Murphysboro IL 62966  Jackson County  618-833-8576  Located on a northwest finger of beautiful Kinkaid Lake, Johnson Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor activities. Here you will find something for everyone in the family, from camping and picnicing to hiking along the lake, biking the […]

Devil’s Kitchen Lake

Devil’s Kitchen Lake in Jackson County.

South on Giant City Rd | East on Grassy Rd | Makanda IL 62958  Jackson County  618-997-3344 This 810-acre lake is part of the Crab Orchard Refuge and is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. It has a maximum depth of 90 feet and a 24-mile shoreline. It also provides largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, […]

Crab Orchard Lake

Crab Orchard Lake in Jackson County, IL.

Rt. 13 East of Carbondale | Carbondale IL 62901  Jackson County  618-997-3344 The largest of the three refuge lakes, this 6,965-acre body of water has two marinas, 125 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 25 feet. Species include largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, carp and white bass. Globe Water

Riverside Park – Grandstand and Ball Park

2640 W. Riverside Park | Murphysboro IL 62966 The Baseball Stadium and Grandstand was built around 1939 by the WPA and designed by local Murphysboro architect Rudolph Zerse Gill. Facebook Desktop

Shawnee National Forest

Administered by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, and single largest publicly owned body of land in the state of Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. […]