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Cool off with a swim this summer in one of the many lakes and public swimming pools here in Southeastern Illinois.

Places to Swim

Albion City Park


Visitors to Albion can enjoy the City Park, which offers a swimming pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, volleyball and soccer as well as shelter houses.


Lake Mattoon

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.


Lawrenceville City Park


The park features a swimming pool, playground, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts as well as picnic shelters and a walking track.


Leo French Park


Situated on rolling wooded acreage it features a small lake that is home for many geese, ducks and swans that enjoy the treats brought to them by visitors. The lake is also surrounded by a paved walking path and serves as a breathtaking background for the annual candlelight Relay For Life project. During the Christmas Holiday Season Leo French Park is the location for Fairfield's Festival of Lights. To date the Festival will feature 52 (and counting) lighted displays. The park, with its well-designed sports segments and scenic lake is comparable to larger city parks and well worth the trip to see.


Mount Carmel Municipal Park

700 Park Rd., Mount Carmel

This 80-year-old park features an 18-hole championship golf course. It also has tennis courts, a swimming pool, fishing lake, picnic site and two shelter houses.


Musgrove Park


The Musgrove Park features an aquatic center complete with water slide, basketball courts, a playground and soccer fields.


Peterson Park

701 E. Marion St., Newton

On the northern edge of Newton, the park features tennis and basketball courts, a pool, miniature golf, covered pavilions, batting cages, volleyball, and a playground to name just a few facilities.


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.


Vernor Lake


Adjacent to the Richland Country Club, on Rt. 130, Vernor offers fishing and small boating.