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Bean Days

Wayne City

Fourth Saturday in September


618/895-2661

Chestnut Festival

Saint Francisville

First weekend of October

  • Family entertainment galore!


618/948-2249
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Cumberland County Fair

Greenup

August 21 - 27, 2011


217/923-3034

Dorney's Pumpkin Patch

RR2 Box 14, Lawrenceville

Open: In October open Saturdays for activities 12-5 and Sunday 1 -4, evening for sales through the week.

Pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, squash.

Hayrides, hay mazes, beanbag toss, corn maze, gold mine, gourd slingshot, corn box, choo-choo train, many other activities. One admission for all activities.

Directions: 2 miles east of Lawrenceville on Business Route 50, turn right at the radio station.


618/943-2699
618/943-9600

Edwards County Fair

Albion

July 20st - 30st, 2011


618/445-3615

Embarras River Bridge

N. Van Buren St., Newton

The Embarras River Bridge is located at the north end of Van Buren Street in Newton. The 1890 structure is one of the few remaining Pratt through truss bridges in the state and was added to The National Register of Historic Places in the spring of 1998 - Jasper County's first.



Jasper County Fair

Newton

June 25th - July 2nd, 2011


618/783-3399

Jasper County Fall Festival

Downtown, Newton

Sept 16 & 17 2011 38th Annual Fall Festival Two-day festival celebrating fall and the small town atmosphere of Jasper County. Food, games, entertainment, live music, lip-sync contest. Location: Newton Square. Saturday parade starts at 10 a.m. Phone: (618) 783-3399


618/783-3399
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Lakewoods Flying Duck Sporting Clays

Route 2 Box 188B, Cisne

Open: 8:30 AM until dusk on Saturdays and Sundays, or call for appointment during the week.

Public shooting range with sporting clays & wobble trap. Recent addition: 5 Stand Range.


618/673-2878
618-508-5063
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Lawrence County Fair

Sumner

July 30th to August 6th, 2011


618/943-5018
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Lincoln Heritage Trail State Monument

Illinois Rte. 33 in Westport, Lawrenceville

The Lincoln Heritage Trail begins in the heart of the Wabash Valley in Westport Illinois, just across from Vincennes Indiana, where a monument commemorates the Lincoln family's move from Indiana to Illinois in 1830.


618/943-3516
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Little Toot Railroad

Old U.S. Rte. 50, Flora

Open: Friday 1 PM to 8 PM, Sat. 10 AM to 6 PM; Sun. Noon to 4 pm

Open May through September. Also open Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An attraction not to be missed! Ride the rails and experience train travel as it was decades ago on this 15-in.-gauge Crown Locomotive running through Charley Brown Park. All antique trains from 1937 to 1966. You'll hear the whistle from a bygone era and enjoy the sounds that only a steam engine can make. The depot is available for party rental too. GPS coordinates are N38 39.971' W088 32.337'


618/662-8040
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Living Legacy Farmstead

3759 N. 900 Blvd., Mount Carmel

Open: By Appointment only

Experience what farm life was like at this turn-of-the-century farmstead. The house was originally a log house from the 1870s. The log house portion of the structure is the original homestead to which my enterprising German ancestors added the 'modern' 1902 farmhouse.

On the property see the Summer Cottage, Barn, Bunk House, Tool Shed, Hen House and more.

Follow the blue directional tourism signs that are located in Bellmont. The Farmstead is 10 miles from Mt. Carmel, Grayville, and Albion.


618/298-2476

Moravian Church and Cemetery

157 E. Church St., West Salem

Members of the church migrated from Salem, North Carolina, to establish a new agricultural community founded on their religion. The cemetery follows the Moravian custom of separating burial sections for married men, married women, unmarried men and unmarried women.


618/456-8532

Olney's White Squirrels

Olney

For more than 100 years, Olney area has been home to the largest known population of white squirrels. The best viewing spots are Olney City Park, Millers Grove and several residential neighborhoods with mature trees and feeding stations. Look for them in the early morning hours when they are most active.


618/395-7302
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Parachutes Over Carmi

Carmi Municipal Airport County Road 1500 North, Carmi

Open: Open Year Round

Parachutes Over Carmi in Southeastern Illinois is a small family owned business where you can get personalized skydiving instruction in a comfortable setting. The owners of Parachutes Over Carmi also run the airport. Both businesses work hand in hand making the facility user friendly for both the skydivers and the pilots as well. At Parachutes Over Carmi the student receives total attention from the Instructors and Staff. There are no long delays waiting for experienced skydivers, and you are not herded in groups like cattle. Parachutes Over Carmi is a small but extremely friendly place to learn to skydive. Parachutes Over Carmi's Instructors and Staff offer personal one on one training. It doesn't matter if you are in a group of one or a group of ten, our staff will make you feel as if you are the most important person on the grounds. Come on out and skydive with us! Parachutes Over Carmi is open year round, so you can make that first skydive nearly any day you wish, like on your birthday or anniversary.


618/382-8921
866/POC-JUMP
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Pork Day USA

Albion

Ruritan Club Pork Day USA is on the second Saturday in July and will be held on July 9th, 2011 on the Courtyard Square in downtown Albion. For more information call 618-445-2303


618/445-2303

Prop Busters R/C Club

1000 N & 900 E in Edwards County IL , Browns

GPS 38.394844, -87.98740

The Prop Busters R/C Club is a area radio controlled (R/C) aircraft enthusiasts club that has been in existence for over twenty years. We are a chartered club with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Charter 1321) The purpose of the club is to bring together at specific times those persons who are interested in radio controlled model aircraft and to improve their knowledge and develop their skills and for fellowship. We fly at Nelson Field. The Field is located 3/4 of a mile North of State Route 15 near Browns IL. Browns is located about 12 miles west of Mt Carmel IL. Turn north on county road 900e at the FS plant you will see the field when you reach county road 1000N. Right turn on 1000N then left turn into the parking area. This is a private air field that is 4000 feet long and a 100 ft wide. The elevation is 418 ft. The Unicom frequency is 122.8 MHz We fly off of the south end almost every weekend Spring, Summer & Fall. Our Club meets on the first Thursday of the month. Anyone interested in R/C flying is welcome. The meeting will be at the field during the summer and there will be a cookout before. Some members will come early and fly. Check the web page for place and time of meeting during the winter months and bad weather. We are involved in a lot of area events as you can see from the web page events calendar. On Fathers Day Weekend in June we host our annual Extravaganza 3 day event. Radio controlled aircraft pilots from about 150 mile radius will be at the field to show off their aircraft and what they can do. It will be a great show and the public is invited to come and watch 8:00 am -till?.


618/854-2433
618/445-1352
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Richland County Fair

Olney

July 4-14, 2013


618/863-2606

Shreve's Pumpkin Patch

RR#4, Box 309, Barnhill

Open: September - October, Gift shop open from Thanksgiving to Christmas

Located 6 miles South of Fairfield and just North of the Mill Shoals exit 110 on I-64. Turn East off of Highway 45 at the Barnhill crossroads (there are blue tourists info signs telling you to turn here). From there follow the orange pumpkin patch signs to our farm. Banquet area available year-round for weddings and meetings. Operating since 1990.

Pumpkins, strawberries, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch - already gathered from the field, corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, pre-picked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area Crops are usually available in May, June, September, October. Open: Strawberries: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday Pumpkin Patch: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. on Sunday Strawberries: mid-May through Mid-June Pumpkin Patch: September 1st through October 31st. Huge selection of children's books available in our gift shop. Payment: Cash, Check. Owners Mike & Sharla Shreve.


618-896-5656
618-516-1851
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Simple Rewards Day Spa & Salon, Inc.

606 W. Jourdan St. (Rt. 33), Newton

Open: Open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday & Saturdays and evenings by appointment

Massage Therapy; PUSH Therapy; Facial Room Services; Permanent Makeup; Spa Manicures & Pedicures; Full Service Hair Salon; ; Mystic Tan; Sunlight Infrared Sauna; Zumba® Fitness Classes; Mineral Secrets Makeup; Yon-ka Paris Products; Manuka Honey Balm; Blinc Mascara and Eyebrow Mousse; Nioxin; Scruples; John Amico and much more, for the health and well-being of both men and women.


618/783-3SPA (3772)
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Smith Mill

2353 on County Road 25, Rinard

Open: By appointment or special event

Smith Mill is constructed with components I removed from a Newport Pa. mill and from several other mills from a number of different states over the last 25 years. The Newport mill was built just after the civil war and operated until about 1946.I purchased the contents of the derelict building in 1986. The water wheel was in such bad condition that I rebuilt it 38 inches wide instead of 60 inches,it is 18 feet in diameter. The original brick and stone building no longer exists. Smith mill is in existence only to show people in my area what a mill of that period might have looked like. I believe the wheel is the largest in the state of Illinois . Find us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smith-Mill/279431245439903 GPS Location> http://goo.gl/maps/H2xCy


618/673-2596

Strawberry & Arts Fest

12th & State, Lawrenceville

Lawrence County Strawberry & Art Festival will be held on May 28th, 2011 in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information call 618-943-2116.


618/943-2116

Strawberryfest

Downtown, Newton

Held on the Newton Square Two-day festival celebrating strawberries in Jasper County

First weekend in June

  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games
  • Family Entertainment
  • Great Food
  • Parade

618/783-3399

Streif's Country Market

788 Marble Lane (7/10 of a mile north of Flora on Route 45), Louisville

Open: Friday 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday Through October

In season; Strawberries, Watermelons, Pumpkins, Ornamental Gourds, Mums and Fall Decorations. Play Area for Children; Straw Maze, Corn Maze and even Two Ostriches to Entertain you! Tours by appointment.


618-665-4064
618-843-2729

Taylor's Mini-Mall and Funny Fun Farm Petting Zoo

RR#5, Box 53 Hwy 15 East just of Fairfield City Limits, Fairfield

Open: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday by Chance or Appointment

Antiques and free petting zoo. Come see their trick donkey and goat. Must be seen to be believed.


618/842-7101

The All American Picnic, formerly known as the Starlight Festival

Rotary Park, Olney

Held on third Saturday in July and hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Richland County. A lighted boat parade on East Fork Lake. Food, disk golf, family activities, entertainment and a lighted boat parade at dusk.



Wabash Cannonball Bridge

St. Francisville Road, Saint Francisville

Make the famous Wabash Cannonball Bridge, just north of St. Francisville, a "must" on your next trip! The clack-clack of wooden planks and clear view of the Wabash River below make for an exciting ride.



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Wabash County Fair

Mount Carmel

July 23rd -29th, 2011


618/445-3615

Wabash Valley Soaring Association

Lawrenceville-Vincennes Airport Route 4 Lawrenceville, IL 62439, Lawrenceville

Open: Someone is at the field on the weekends.

Wabash Valley Soaring Association is one of the largest glider clubs in our Bi-State area with over 40 members and 17 gliders. It is still an upcoming and growing club.
To Learn more about how to become a member or just learn more about sailplanes call or come for a visit.


618/943-5857
618/584-3328

Wayne County Fair

Fairfield

July 9- 16, 2011


618/842-4774

White Squirrel Saddle Club

Olney

Coming Soon. For more information call 618-869-2026


618/869-2026

WVC 2008 Performing Arts Series

220 College Dr., Mount Carmel

Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel hosts its own Performing Arts Series each year featuring such past professional entertainers as Chinese Acrobats and the Big Band Sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


618/263-4999
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Boating and Fishing

Beall Woods State Park

9285 Beall Woods Ave., Mount Carmel

Open: Open daily from sunrise to 10:00 pm. It is closed on Christmas and New Years Day as well as the third week of November and the first weekend in Decemb

16 Class C Camping Sites, Restrooms, Phone

Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking and hunting at Beall Woods (pronounced Bell). While a working farm owned by the Beall family since the 1880s, almost half of the 635 acres consisted of forest that had never been cleared. Located on the banks of the Wabash River 6 miles south of Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, Beall Woods today is a 329-acre old-growth forest and one of few remaining virgin forests on the east side of the Mississippi River. It was dedicated in 1966 as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is also registered as a National Landmark. Don't miss the new interactive Visitor's Center with exhibits and educational displays explaining the natural history of the area.

There are more than 300 trees in the preserve that measure more than 120 feet tall with diameters close to three feet.

The park offers five hiking trails that provide an excellent view of the forest.

There is also a 15-acre lake that is stocked with bass, blue gill, catfish, and trout for anglers.

Other park activities include hunting in season, camping and picnicking.


618/298-2442
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Borah Lake

Olney

Located north of Olney, Borah Lake features shoreline fishing and boating.


618/395-7302

East Fork Lake

N. Silver and Millers Grove Rd., Olney

This 934-acre lake located north of Olney has 33 miles of shoreline and offers fishing, water-skiing and other family activities.


618/395-7302

Embarras River - Newton

Newton

Canoeists can enter the Embarras River one block west of Peterson Park.



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.


217/234-3611
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Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

3490 E. 500th Ave., Newton

Boating, Hiking, 5-mile Mountain Biking trail, Cross Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Trails, Fishing, Hunting

This 2,350-acre fish and wildlife area is home to a variety of wildlife, including the state-protected prairie chicken and river otter. The 1,775-acre lake, known for its healthy population of bass, and its shoreline are perfect for bank and boat fishing, picnicking and hiking. Besides fishing, visitors can boat or swim at the lake. There are more than 22 miles of trails that run along the lake for hiking or equestrian use as well as cross country skiing in the winter months. A five-mile mountain biking trail exists and has received many positive reviews. Hunting, wildlife observation, and picnicking are also popular activities with park visitors.

Newton Lake is a power plant lake fishable year round. Producing both numbers and large bass, the combination has made Newton Lake one of the premier bass fishing destinations in America and our guides know it better than anyone! Because it's a power plant lake, the bass get big in a hurry . An 18 inch size limit ensures plenty of lunkers. The average size bass in this lake is 3 to 5lbs, with occasional 6 to 8lbs being pretty common.


618/783-3478
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Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge

2635 North 250th St., Newton

Offers hunting, fishing, golf and meeting packages, as well as getaway weekend packages. Gas fireplaces, central heating and air, satellite TV, and gourmet meals delivered directly to your table.

Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge is conveniently located just off Newton lake with 2 cabins so you can enjoy your hunt. Some of the nations best Bass Fishing can be found as well as a hunters paradise for all game. Guided and non-guided fishing and hunting packages are available by calling. In the off-season this facility is a Bed & Breakfast. Described as a "Sportsman's paradise" by World Champion Angler Denny Brauer.


618/752-5075
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Red Hills State Park

1100 N. & 400 E., RR 2, Box 252A, Sumner

104 Sites, Electric, Water, Restrooms, Showers, Phone, Dump Station

In southeastern Illinois midway between Olney and Lawrenceville on U.S. 50, Red Hills is a carefully preserved and maintained 948-acres of high wooded hills, deep ravines, captivating meadows and year-round springs. It's the perfect setting for natural relaxation and outdoor activities. The sparkling 40-acre lake is ideal for fishing and boating. This 950-acre state park offers hiking and biking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and boating.

The park is an important historical crossroad, representing the western most edge of the first land in Illinois ceded by Native Americans to the United States.

Red Hills features many outdoor activities. Fishing and boating, hunting, hiking and horse trails as well as camping are available for all. A recent addition to the park is a log cabin available for visitors to rent on a nightly basis.

In addition, the park is the home to the Trace Inn Restaurant, with lunch and dinner and daily specials, Tuesday - Sunday.


618/936-2469
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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.


618/835-2292
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Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

13225 E. Illinois Hwy. 33, Newton

Boating, Camping (30 sites, Electric, Restrooms, Phone, Dump Station), Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Picnicking

Surrounded by timberland, this 1,800-acre park is popular with hunters and fishermen. It has a 183-acre lake, 840 huntable acres, picnic areas, a 13-mile equestrian trail, a hiking trail, trailer camping and tent sites. Visitors will enjoy driving or walking through the park at dusk to view the many deer and other wildlife.


618/783-2661
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Vernor Lake

Olney

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


618/395-7302

Wabash River - Mt. Carmel

Mount Carmel

Like other southeastern counties, individuals can enjoy boating on the Wabash via a boat ramp at East 4th Street in Mt. Carmel.


618/262-4822
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Wabash River - Russellville

Elm St., Russelville

Boat ramp on East Elm Street.



Wabash River - St. Francisville

Saint Francisville

Visitors to Lawrence County can also enjoy an afternoon on the Wabash entering the river at St. Francisville on East Main Street. Parking is available for boat trailers.


618/948-2335
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Golf

Carmi Country Club

883 County Road 1350 N , Carmi


618/384-5011

Cedarbrook Golf

Hwy. 50 (RR#3 Box 335), Sumner

Open: Open March October. Call for available dates.

Nine Hole Par 3 Golf Course with lighted driving range.
Come try out our NEW Miniature Golf Course with a 6 foot elevation and fountains. Located just West of the 4-H fairgrounds on US 50.


618/936-9393

East Fork Par 3

5636 E. Branchwood Lane, Olney

Open: Call for available dates

9 hole Par 3 course, driving range and 18 hole miniature golf.


618/395-3505

Fairfield Country Club

N. W. 9th St., Fairfield

Open: April to October

Eighteen-hole semi-private club. Wednesday and Friday afternoons are open to the public. Contains a fully stocked pro shop. Electric golf carts and clubs are available for rent. Snacks also available.


618/847-7222

Jasper County Golf Club

8817 N 800th St, Newton

Jasper County Golf Club is formerly known as Stone's Throw Golf Course. Is a 9 hole golf course and open to the public. Clubhouse, Cart Rental, Driving Range, Banquet Facility for up to 400. Open Year Round. Call for tee times & available dates.


618/783-3790

Lawrence County Country Club

Rt. 2 (West of L'ville just off of US 50), Lawrenceville

Open: Call for tee times and available dates.

Clubhouse, cart rental

9 holes, open seasonally, semi-private-non members at certain times, cart rental, clubhouse. 6,252 yards from the tips.


618/943-2011

Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course

700 Park Road, Mount Carmel

Open: Call for tee times and available dates.

Clubhouse, cart rental

18 Holes, open seasonally, clubhouse, cart rental. 6,233 yards from the tips.


618/262-5771

Richland Country Club

5499 N. IL 130, Olney

Open: Call for tee times and available dates.

Clubhouse, cart rental, driving range

18 Holes, open seasonally, semi private - non-members at times. 6,156 yards from the tips.


618/395-1661

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Riverside Recreation

709 E. Marion St., Newton

Miniature golf and batting cages


618/783-8080

White Squirrel Mini Golf

701 N West St, Olney


618/395-1305

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Hunting

3 Rivers Resources

RR3 Box 74 A , Albion

Manages over 3,000 acres in Wabash and Edwards County. Takes only 4-6 hunters per package. All hunts are fully guided. Primarily Bow hunting but also offers shotgun and muzzle loader hunts as well.


618/839-6940

B & F Hunting Preserve

R.R. #2, Box 207, Xenia

Hunts for deer, turkey, pheasant, chucker, Hungarian partridge, quail and dove. Owns or leases over 5,000 acres of prime land. Owned & Operated by Dave Bumgarner.


618/678-2400
618/678-2777
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Back Achers Buster Bucks

RR 3 Box 310 , Albion

Mike Metcalf, Outfitter

BACK ACHERS BUSTER BUCKS OFFERS HUNTS FOR TROPHY WHITETAIL BUCKS! This is a sleeper area with lots of Giant Trophy Whitetail Bucks. We maintain Whitetail Deer Food Plots located on property. We will cater to all or your Deer hunting needs. Lodging will be arranged for all Deer Hunters. Gun Hunts Muzzle loader Hunts Pre Rut Hunts, Main Rut Hunts, Post Rut Hunts Hunt in Wooded Areas, River Bottoms, Farmland, Hill Tops We have been providing quality Whitetail Deer hunting adventures for several years. Not only are we the farmers; but we are the caretakers of the land and all of its wildlife. Food plots and cover for our critters have been maintained since Metcalf's Back Achers was established in 1986. Covering multiple counties, you can find that trophy buck in the wooded areas surrounded by farmland, river bottoms,or even on the top of our hills. Call 618-445-2024 and tell us what you want in your Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting adventure as you pursue that "Buster Buck"; and we will custom design a whitetail deer hunt that is everything you desire.


618-445-2024

Beall Woods State Park

9285 Beall Woods Ave., Mount Carmel

Open: Open daily from sunrise to 10:00 pm. It is closed on Christmas and New Years Day as well as the third week of November and the first weekend in Decemb

16 Class C Camping Sites, Restrooms, Phone

Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking and hunting at Beall Woods (pronounced Bell). While a working farm owned by the Beall family since the 1880s, almost half of the 635 acres consisted of forest that had never been cleared. Located on the banks of the Wabash River 6 miles south of Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, Beall Woods today is a 329-acre old-growth forest and one of few remaining virgin forests on the east side of the Mississippi River. It was dedicated in 1966 as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is also registered as a National Landmark. Don't miss the new interactive Visitor's Center with exhibits and educational displays explaining the natural history of the area.

There are more than 300 trees in the preserve that measure more than 120 feet tall with diameters close to three feet.

The park offers five hiking trails that provide an excellent view of the forest.

There is also a 15-acre lake that is stocked with bass, blue gill, catfish, and trout for anglers.

Other park activities include hunting in season, camping and picnicking.


618/298-2442
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Buckhorn Wildlife Preserve

1643 N Higgin Switch Rd, Noble

A cabin that will accommodate 6 individuals is available for hunters, business meetings, family reunions or weekend get-a-ways.

More than 700 acres of prime deer hunting. GPS - 38 37.731' W088 10.031'


618/723-2361

Campbell Illinois Whitetails & Hunting Lodge

1327 County Rd 800N, Carmi

Campbell Illinois Whitetails, Illinois' finest Whitetail Outfitter, is a Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting Outfitter covering 20,000 acres located in Southeastern Illinois. Fully guided archery (compound bow and crossbow) and firearm hunts (shotgun, muzzleloader, pistol) are offered. Modernized Hunting Lodge with many amenities. All stands are pre-hung in locations with proven success and all areas are in a rotation creating a very low pressure situation. Archery hunts have an 80% opportunity rate at a whitetail over 130" within 20 yards. Firearm hunts have a 90% opportunity rate. Accommodations offer 28 rooms with 51 beds in three separate lodges, including a game room with pool table, darts, and a deer hunting arcade game. Also available - an industrial washer and dryer, fountain soda machine, buffet bar, and a newly constructed video camera showroom, stocked with everything and anything a person needs if you plan to film your hunts while you are here. Book your hunt of a lifetime today!


877/384-3337
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Coon Creek Bowhunting

511 Buckeye Road (5 Miles from downtown Flora), Flora

All Hunts include lodging in a newly constructed cabin, which is equipped for 4 hunters. A full kitchen and bath is provided. Bed, bath, and kitchen linens will also be provided. Limited food service is available.

Offering prime hunting ground, all of which is privately owned. It includes timber, creek bottoms, cropland, thickets and food plots. Promising a quality hunt. Four hunters allowed per week for a 5 day hunt, insures the best possible hunting experience. All hunts are semi-guided. Hunters are responsible for all personal hunting equipment, license and permits. Hunting October 1st through January 1st, closed for gun season. Call for more information, or any special needs you might have.


618-662-2956

Covey Ridge I & II

Rt. 1, Box 256A, , Geff

Contact: Charles R. Hazel, located 110 mi. E of St. Louis, Est 1988, 896 Acres, open to the public, Field Shoots, Birds; Dove, Quail, Pheasant, Chukar. Dogs Avail/HDW Packages 1/2 Day, 1-20 guns


618/854-2269

Elm River Outfitters

430 E. 7th St., Flora

Over 1,000 acres of deer and turkey hunting in Wayne and Clay counties


618/662-3917

Farm House Hunting Lodge

R.R. #1, West Salem

Southern Illinois Deer & Turkey hunting , bow or gun. Six day & 3 day hunt packages. Fully furnished farm house at the site. Lease complete with plenty of quality lodging, pre-season guiding to hunting areas that include; food, water, timber, cover and open areas. The fully furnished farm house is also available for non-hunters for overnight or extended stays. Besides hunting packages we offer; fishing, bird watching and getaway & meeting packages. Two baths, fully equipped kitchen & plenty of outdoors.


618/943-5341
812/881-9025

Fox Creek Outfitters

5371 Fox Rd., Olney

Located in one of the country's top states for producing Trophy Whitetail Deer, along with the Eastern Wild Turkey. Situated on privately owned land, the cabin is surrounded by hardwood timber, river bottoms, and rich farm fields. Fox Creek offers guided and non-guided deer hunts each season. Several cabins are available for hunters.


618/392-2124
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Hammell's Wildlife Connection

1886 County Road 2150 N, Crossville

With over 6000 acres in southern Illinois of prime habitat for growing and hunting trophy Illinois Whitetail deer and Eastern turkeys, the Hammell family would like to invite you to an Illinois deer and turkey hunting experience you'll long remember. From groups to the lone hunter, we have an Illinois hunting experience just for you. We also specialize in accommodating hunters with special needs.


618/375-2365
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Hasewinkle Outdoors

RR #1, PO Box 890 , Sumner

Located South of Sumner on 400 N, exit blacktop and go west 1/2 mile. Southeastern Illinois’ best kept secret. The Hasewinkle family would like to invite you to a hunting experience you will long remember. Hasewinkle Outdoors offers trophy Whitetail Deer and Eastern Wild Turkey hunting adventures on nearly 3000 privately owned acres in Lawrence and Richland counties. We have farmed and hunted this land for over 50 years.


618.936.2278
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Illinois Wildlife Connections

13998 N. 1425th St., Newton

All deer and turkey hunts include clean and comfortable accommodations in our new 3400 sq/ft. lodge. The lodge has 7 bedrooms, 5 showers, pool table, mud room, washer and dryer, patio, and more. Guide, stands, transportation, and meals are also included. All meals will be continental style breakfast, soup and sandwich type lunch, and an out of this world gourmet country style dinner, guaranteed to put on a few extra pounds. Airport pickup is available if needed.

More than 5,000 acres for Archery Only Whitetail Deer and Eastern Wild Turkey. A lodge with full amenities await hunters. Their GPS Coordinates N39 .03.297' W088 .06.482'


618/783-3131
618/562-2770
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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.


217/234-3611
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Lamont Outdoors, L.L.C.

2114 County Rd. 1800 E., Crossville

Lamont Outdoors is a full service outfitter that provides fully guided whitetail deer and turkey hunts in southeastern Illinois’s two prime hunting counties, White & Wabash. We currently manage more than 7,000 acres of private land consisting of cropland, river bottoms, fence rows, hillsides, densely wooded areas, and food plots. The Lamont Family has farmed in White County for six generations. Therefore, we understand the land and whitetail patterns very well. Our property has seldom been hunted prior to 2004 and as a result, there is an abundant trophy whitetail population. Lamont Outdoors also manages several hundred acres in Indiana that are available throughout the hunting season. Non-residents may purchase required licenses and tags over the counter upon arrival. Hunters interested in hunting this land have a chance at bringing home a second buck of a lifetime.


618/996-4868
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Little Wabash Shooting Preserve

610 E. 5th St, Neoga

Open to Public, Shoots: Field, Birds: Chukar /Pheasant / Quail, Dogs: Allow hunters to bring their own dogs / Dogs-Guides Available


217/895-2677
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Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

3490 E. 500th Ave., Newton

Boating, Hiking, 5-mile Mountain Biking trail, Cross Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Trails, Fishing, Hunting

This 2,350-acre fish and wildlife area is home to a variety of wildlife, including the state-protected prairie chicken and river otter. The 1,775-acre lake, known for its healthy population of bass, and its shoreline are perfect for bank and boat fishing, picnicking and hiking. Besides fishing, visitors can boat or swim at the lake. There are more than 22 miles of trails that run along the lake for hiking or equestrian use as well as cross country skiing in the winter months. A five-mile mountain biking trail exists and has received many positive reviews. Hunting, wildlife observation, and picnicking are also popular activities with park visitors.

Newton Lake is a power plant lake fishable year round. Producing both numbers and large bass, the combination has made Newton Lake one of the premier bass fishing destinations in America and our guides know it better than anyone! Because it's a power plant lake, the bass get big in a hurry . An 18 inch size limit ensures plenty of lunkers. The average size bass in this lake is 3 to 5lbs, with occasional 6 to 8lbs being pretty common.


618/783-3478
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Outdoor Only Illinois Bow Hunting

RR #3, Box 62a, Albion

We are proud to offer Whitetail Deer Hunting - 5 ½ day semi-guided bow hunts. Shotgun hunts also available. Our clients hunt on rested property only. We will not put hunters on property that has been hunted the week before. We believe that is why our hunters are so successful. Our land is private and 80% of it personally owned, which allows for much better control. We manage our farm and plan our food plots to hold the deer. We are looking for a few dedicated hunters to enjoy our hunts and want to come back. We are located in Southeast Illinois, bordering the Indiana line. Bottom land, CRP, fence rows with corn and soybean fields are the main habitat in our area. Edwards, Wabash, Richland and White Counties totaling over 2,500 privately owned acres.


618-446-3330
618-445-2204
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Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge

2635 North 250th St., Newton

Offers hunting, fishing, golf and meeting packages, as well as getaway weekend packages. Gas fireplaces, central heating and air, satellite TV, and gourmet meals delivered directly to your table.

Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge is conveniently located just off Newton lake with 2 cabins so you can enjoy your hunt. Some of the nations best Bass Fishing can be found as well as a hunters paradise for all game. Guided and non-guided fishing and hunting packages are available by calling. In the off-season this facility is a Bed & Breakfast. Described as a "Sportsman's paradise" by World Champion Angler Denny Brauer.


618/752-5075
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Pine Lodge Outfitters

4830 E. Wayne Lane, Parkersburg

Two lodges available for hunters. Both sleeping 4-8 hunters and have fully equipped kitchens, multiple bathrooms, and family rooms with TVs.

Guided bow hunts with hunting grounds in Richland and Edwards counties. Lodging is included. A minimum of 4 hunters per hunt is required.


618/442-5372

Red Hills State Park

1100 N. & 400 E., RR 2, Box 252A, Sumner

104 Sites, Electric, Water, Restrooms, Showers, Phone, Dump Station

In southeastern Illinois midway between Olney and Lawrenceville on U.S. 50, Red Hills is a carefully preserved and maintained 948-acres of high wooded hills, deep ravines, captivating meadows and year-round springs. It's the perfect setting for natural relaxation and outdoor activities. The sparkling 40-acre lake is ideal for fishing and boating. This 950-acre state park offers hiking and biking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and boating.

The park is an important historical crossroad, representing the western most edge of the first land in Illinois ceded by Native Americans to the United States.

Red Hills features many outdoor activities. Fishing and boating, hunting, hiking and horse trails as well as camping are available for all. A recent addition to the park is a log cabin available for visitors to rent on a nightly basis.

In addition, the park is the home to the Trace Inn Restaurant, with lunch and dinner and daily specials, Tuesday - Sunday.


618/936-2469
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Ridge Outfitting

555 N IL 130, Parkersburg

Hunts at Ridge Outfitting are semi-guided. A typical five-day hunt will include six days on the property. Five nights of lodging at a local motel are included. The first day will be spent meeting your guide, going over the rules, the hunting areas, boundaries of these areas, what has been seen in these areas, and setting up your stand. The other five days will be hunting days.


618/393-2913
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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.


618/835-2292
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Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

13225 E. Illinois Hwy. 33, Newton

Boating, Camping (30 sites, Electric, Restrooms, Phone, Dump Station), Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Picnicking

Surrounded by timberland, this 1,800-acre park is popular with hunters and fishermen. It has a 183-acre lake, 840 huntable acres, picnic areas, a 13-mile equestrian trail, a hiking trail, trailer camping and tent sites. Visitors will enjoy driving or walking through the park at dusk to view the many deer and other wildlife.


618/783-2661
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Skillet Fork Outfitters

1104 County Road 1800 N, Carmi

Skillet Fork Outfitters Inc. is located in Southern Illinois in White County. With over 2,560 acres of prime woodland, 1,000 acres of C.R.P. (Conservation Reserve Program), 40 acres of food plots and 3,500 acres of cropland, you are likely to run into a trophy Illinois Whitetail. If you are a trophy whitetail, turkey or coyote hunter, who appreciates knowledgeable experienced guides, enjoys the comforts of a family operated lodge, and hot home-cooked evening meals, then Skillet Fork is the outfitter for you. See us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crowsfo


618/383-2800
618/599-7700
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TNT Game Preserve

Rt. 1, Box 39, Mount Erie

Contact: Rick or Dennis Taylor

Mt. Erie preserve offers 600 acres, turkey and deer in season, chukar, pheasant and quail hunting.


618/854-2771
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Motor Sports

Central Illinois Motorcycle Club

998 COUNTY ROAD 475 E, Neoga

AMA Sanctioned - Amateur - Semi-Pro & Quads. Hill Climbs & Dirt Tracks, Racing Motorcycles & ATVs on 70 acres. Open to the public on race days to spectators. Club grounds feature an excellent spectator area, clean modern restrooms, concessions, and FREE camping on race weekends. For more info call 217-895 3067 or 217234-2505 or visit our web site http://centralillinoismotorcycleclub.org


217/895-3067
217/895-3355
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Clay County Speedway

U.S. Hwy. 45 N. at 700 N, Flora

Catch a car race on this one-third-mile, clay oval track Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM from Spring through Fall.


618/662-6825

Crossroads MX

3092 Mallard Ln, Mason

Crossroads MX is located in Northern Clay County near Hord & Iola. Regular events are hosted throughout warm weather, and the full schedule can be accessed at www.crossroadsmx.com.


618-686-2769
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Lincoln Trail Motosports

649 N 2150 E , Greenup

Open: Open all year round sun up to sunset

Halfway between Greenup & Casey just South on 2150 East from US 40. DNR riding facility - 220 Acre of Motorcycle and ATV riding area. Approximately 25 miles trails, natural terrain Motocross course along with a pee-wee track for the little ones. Pay per use of the facility or you can become a member of LTM, it's like having your own 220 acres of trails in your backyard to ride when you like. Approximately 30 motocross events per year. Check or website for events. http://www.lincolntrailmotosports.com Free camping for club members. One day passes are available for a nominal fee to non-members. GPS 39.16'06.20" N, 88 04'23.60" W


217/932-2041
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SOIL MX Motorsports Park

Bone Gap

Southern Illinois Motocross's new dirt off-road course


618/445-7231
618/456-8453
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Wayne County Speedway

Rt. 242, Wayne City

Catch a race on this one-eighth-mile, semi-banked dirt oval track every Friday night May through September.


618/895-3269
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Movie Theaters

Arcadia Cinema

230 E. Main St., Olney

Open: Open 7 days a week

3 Screens, 600 Seats


618/392-3000
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Fairview Drive-In

Rt. 33 East, Newton

Open: Fri., Sat. and Sun., April 1 to Sept. 30

One of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Illinois! First Feature starts at approximately 8:30 pm, Second Feature at approximately 11:25 pm GPS - 39 00.634' W088 04.439'


618/455-3100
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Showtime Cinemas of Fairfield

118 Market Ave., Fairfield

3 Screens


618/842-3545
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Parks

Albion City Park

Albion

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.


618/445-2303

Bird Haven, Robert Ridgway Memorial Arboretum & Sanctuary

Olney

Located on the southern side of East Fork Lake, at Millers Grove, this site is a living tribute to Robert Ridgway, naturalist, scientist, artist and author.

A walking trail allows visitors' to view over 50 different varieties of trees, fauna and wildlife. A world-renowned man, Dr. Ridgway was an authority in the field of ornithology with the Smithsonian Institute.


618/395-7302

Bradshaw Park

Illiois & E Street, Carmi

Features tennis courts, a playground and several ball fields.


618/384-2001

Burrell Woods Park & Campground

CR 1000 E & 1525 N, Carmi

Located North West of Carmi. GPS 38.098902, -88.195813

There are 5 shelters in the park that are used for picnicking. Each shelter is equipped with water, electricity and grills for cooking. There are 4 children's play areas near these shelters. Three handicapped restroom facilities are centrally located between picnic areas. A small fishing pond is available for bank fishing only. The pond is stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill. Just behind the pond and over the bridge is a quiet, peaceful walking trail. This trail, which will bring you just a little closer to nature, is approximately ¼ mile long and not a hard walk for most people. 25 Camping sites, RV Facilities, Playground, Grills, Dump Station, Fishing Nearby, Showers, Restrooms, Phone, Electric Hookups with 50 AMP Service. Nearly ever site is shaded and firewood is included in the nightly price. There is a modern bathhouse with 4 showers each, hand dryers, hair dryers and private dressing areas equipped with handicapped sinks, toilets and showers. A shelter for picnics is in the camp area and is equipped with grills, electricity and water. There are 10 primitive tent camping sites as well.


618/382-2693
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Eckerle Park

200 State Street, Carmi

A swimming pool, baseball and tennis courts highlight this park. The Carmi Pool offers a refreshing respite from the summer heat to many local youth. Our own Carmi Bullfrogs swim team calls the pool home and hosts many meets that bring in visitors to our town. The pool may be rented for private parties.


618/382-8411

Froeman Park

Mount Carmel

Located in the northern section of Mt. Carmel, Froeman features picnic tables, basketball courts and a lake.


618/262-4822

Grayville Memorial Park

Oxford St & Park Lane, Grayville

Located on the southeast side of town high above the Wabash River. GPS 38.248031, -87.98866

The beautiful park on Oxford Hill features; a pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, picnic areas, hiking trails, a lake for fishing and boat access to the Wabash River. The Hilltop Campground is located adjacent to the park, featuring 25 camping sites, including RV camping.


618/375-3671

Kiwanis Park

607 W. North Ave, Flora

Rocket, New Playground Equipment, Toddler Area with Sand, Picnic Tables, Tennis Courts and Skate Park.



Lakeside Park

Fairfield

Lakeside Park offers lighted tennis courts, baseball, playground, and picnic facilities.


618/842-4802

Lanterman Park

Park Ave. and 1st St., Bridgeport

Features the original office of Dr. Schrader and Pepple School, a one-room schoolhouse, both built in the late 1800s. The park also includes a shelter house, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts and a playground.


618/945-7323

Lawrenceville City Park

Lawrenceville

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


618/943-2116

Leo French Park

Fairfield

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.


618/842-4802

Millers Grove

Olney

Adjacent to Bird Haven, this park offers fishing, picnic shelters, and a playground.


618/395-7302

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.


618/262-4822

Musgrove Park

Olney

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


618/395-7302
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Noble City Park

Noble

Features ball diamonds, picnic shelters and a playground.


618/723-2212

Norris City Park

700 N & Rt. 1, Norris City

Visitors to the park will enjoy playground equipment, picnic shelters and a lake.


618/378-3611

Olney City Park

305 N. West St., Olney

This beautiful park, in the heart of Olney, features tennis courts, picnic shelters, a community building and ball diamonds. It is one of the best places to spot the town's unusual white squirrels.


618/395-7302
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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.


618/783-8451

Rotary Park

Kiwanis Road, Olney

Located on the north side of East Fork Lake. Playground Equipment, VITA path (Fitness/exercise trail) and Disc Golf! (A.K.A. Frisbee Golf) Bring your own Frisbee or Discs or they can be purchased at Wal-Mart. Fun for the entire family or the serious enthusiast! Also, offering opportunities for you to fish, picnic and boat.


618/395-7302
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Southwest Park

Fairfield

Southwest Park is center to Fairfield's softball program. In addition to the ball diamonds the park includes a concession stand, generous parking space, and serves as home to the community's annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration.


618/842-4802

St. Francisville Park

Saint Francisville

A playground and baseball diamonds await visitors.


618/948-2335

Sumner City Park

Sumner

Located on the east side of Sumner, the park features a ball diamond, picnic shelter and playground.


618/936-2415

West Salem City Park

West Salem

Features a playground, picnic shelters with water and electric hookups.


618/456-3167

Wisnick Park

8th & Ash Street, Lawrenceville

A playground, BMX dirt track and baseball diamond for all to enjoy.


618-943-2116
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Spas

Serinity Escape Day Spa

314 East Chestnut Street, Olney

"Where It's All About You!" Serenity Escape Day Spa & Salon is a full service Salon & Day Spa offering Body Therapies, Facials, Massage Therapies, Makeup Application, Manicures & Pedicures. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/serenity_escape#ixzz10GpIHem3 or on www.facebook.com/ Serenity Escape Day Spa


618/393-4247
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State Parks

Beall Woods State Park

9285 Beall Woods Ave., Mount Carmel

Open: Open daily from sunrise to 10:00 pm. It is closed on Christmas and New Years Day as well as the third week of November and the first weekend in Decemb

16 Class C Camping Sites, Restrooms, Phone

Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking and hunting at Beall Woods (pronounced Bell). While a working farm owned by the Beall family since the 1880s, almost half of the 635 acres consisted of forest that had never been cleared. Located on the banks of the Wabash River 6 miles south of Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, Beall Woods today is a 329-acre old-growth forest and one of few remaining virgin forests on the east side of the Mississippi River. It was dedicated in 1966 as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is also registered as a National Landmark. Don't miss the new interactive Visitor's Center with exhibits and educational displays explaining the natural history of the area.

There are more than 300 trees in the preserve that measure more than 120 feet tall with diameters close to three feet.

The park offers five hiking trails that provide an excellent view of the forest.

There is also a 15-acre lake that is stocked with bass, blue gill, catfish, and trout for anglers.

Other park activities include hunting in season, camping and picnicking.


618/298-2442
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Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

3490 E. 500th Ave., Newton

Boating, Hiking, 5-mile Mountain Biking trail, Cross Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Trails, Fishing, Hunting

This 2,350-acre fish and wildlife area is home to a variety of wildlife, including the state-protected prairie chicken and river otter. The 1,775-acre lake, known for its healthy population of bass, and its shoreline are perfect for bank and boat fishing, picnicking and hiking. Besides fishing, visitors can boat or swim at the lake. There are more than 22 miles of trails that run along the lake for hiking or equestrian use as well as cross country skiing in the winter months. A five-mile mountain biking trail exists and has received many positive reviews. Hunting, wildlife observation, and picnicking are also popular activities with park visitors.

Newton Lake is a power plant lake fishable year round. Producing both numbers and large bass, the combination has made Newton Lake one of the premier bass fishing destinations in America and our guides know it better than anyone! Because it's a power plant lake, the bass get big in a hurry . An 18 inch size limit ensures plenty of lunkers. The average size bass in this lake is 3 to 5lbs, with occasional 6 to 8lbs being pretty common.


618/783-3478
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Prairie Ridge State Natural Area

5295 N. 1000th St., Newton

The Illinois Audubon Society's environmental educational area, known as the Robert Ridgway Grassland Nature Preserve, is open daily for wildlife viewing and hiking. This area has been restored to prairie and has a self guided interpretive trail and a wildlife viewing platform over looking a wetland surrounded by native prairie plants.

Located southwest of Newton, this 3,300-acre site is unique in Illinois, dedicated to conserving the rarest members of Illinois's native tall grass prairie and marsh communities. It offers one of the most spectacular viewing opportunities for grassland wildlife in Illinois. The park is home to the largest breeding population of northern harriers and short-eared owls, as well as prairie chickens.


618/783-2685
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Red Hills State Park

1100 N. & 400 E., RR 2, Box 252A, Sumner

104 Sites, Electric, Water, Restrooms, Showers, Phone, Dump Station

In southeastern Illinois midway between Olney and Lawrenceville on U.S. 50, Red Hills is a carefully preserved and maintained 948-acres of high wooded hills, deep ravines, captivating meadows and year-round springs. It's the perfect setting for natural relaxation and outdoor activities. The sparkling 40-acre lake is ideal for fishing and boating. This 950-acre state park offers hiking and biking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and boating.

The park is an important historical crossroad, representing the western most edge of the first land in Illinois ceded by Native Americans to the United States.

Red Hills features many outdoor activities. Fishing and boating, hunting, hiking and horse trails as well as camping are available for all. A recent addition to the park is a log cabin available for visitors to rent on a nightly basis.

In addition, the park is the home to the Trace Inn Restaurant, with lunch and dinner and daily specials, Tuesday - Sunday.


618/936-2469
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Robeson Hills Nature Preserve

Lawrenceville

The topography is rugged and challenging. Trails have been established and an interpretive pamphlet is available.

From jct. Hwys. 1 and 50 in Lawrenceville, take Hwy. 50 east 8 mi. to the Business Route 50 interchange, then turn and go south and southeast 2.1 mi., then turn and go northeast 1.6 mi. on Hwy. 33. The nature preserve is west of the road. Part is on the north side of Hwy. 50 and is accessible from the rest stop on the westbound lane of Hwy. 50

Robeson Hills is a 120-acre remnant of mesic upland forest of the Southern Upland Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division. The preserve is part of a 545 acre outdoor laboratory and environmental education site managed by Vincennes University. The area is located on Robeson Hills, a prominent topographic feature of the Wabash River bottomlands. The rugged terrain is characterized by narrow flat-topped ridges, steep slopes, and deep ravines. These features not only provide diverse habitats, but help to protect them as well. The most significant feature of the preserve is a beech-maple forest on dissected, deep loess deposits overlooking the Wabash River. Other important canopy species include ash, tulip tree, oaks, basswood, and hickories. Woodland wildflowers are abundant. Robeson Hills also has significant archeological and historical features; shell middens of an Archaic Indian culture occur on the river bluffs.


812/882-335
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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.


618/835-2292
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Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area

13225 E. Illinois Hwy. 33, Newton

Boating, Camping (30 sites, Electric, Restrooms, Phone, Dump Station), Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Picnicking

Surrounded by timberland, this 1,800-acre park is popular with hunters and fishermen. It has a 183-acre lake, 840 huntable acres, picnic areas, a 13-mile equestrian trail, a hiking trail, trailer camping and tent sites. Visitors will enjoy driving or walking through the park at dusk to view the many deer and other wildlife.


618/783-2661
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Wineries

Berryville Vineyards

1910 N. Prairieton Rd., Berryville

Open: Saturdays Noon to 5:00 PM and by Appointment

Somewhere nestled between Mulberry Hill and the town of Berryville, lies a place called Berryville Vineyards. Here we harmonize with nature to cultivate premium wine grapes. Only hand selected, sun-ripened fruit from our own vineyard becomes Berryville wine. All our wines are 100% Estate Grown & Bottled, ensuring you the finest quality.

Berryville Vineyards features handcrafted fruit and grape wines from 20 varieties of grapes as well as raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries grown on site. Visitors are welcome anytime (by appointment other than Saturdays) to enjoy the peaceful nature of Berryville Vineyards. Walk through the mature oak forests, picnic in the vineyards or wade in the creek. Escape to the seclusion of the country and relax.


618/456-2335
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Cameo Vineyards

400 Mill Road, Greenup

Open: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.

Cameo Vineyards started as a dream in 1991 when we first planted 70 grapevines. For nearly 11 years we grew grapes and honed our winemaking skills. Then, in 2002, Cameo Vineyards opened its doors. Today, we have nearly 4,000 French-American hybrid grapevines, covering close to seven acres. We crush approximately 35 tons of Illinois grapes each year and produce 14 varieties of wine, from dry to sweet, in reds, whites and blushes. Our wines have won numerous regional and international awards, but it is more important to us that you, the customer, will find enjoyment from the fruits or our labor.


217/923-9963
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Fox Creek Vinyards

5502 N. Fox Rd., Olney

Open: Fri. - Sat.10 am - 6 pm; Sun. 1 pm - 6 pm; and by appointment

Fox Creek Vineyards Company is a small, family owned and operated winery with their own modest vineyard and is located in the Southeastern Illinois countryside amid the low rolling hills of the old orchard country of Richland county.

They have fine Hand-Crafted Wine in the Traditional Styles of the Old Masters.

Tastings and tours are available.


618/392-0418
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Lasata Winery L.L.C.

RR 2 Box 64B Highway 33 (GPS N38° 41' 58.80", w87° 31' 48.96"), Westport

Open: Open Tuesday - Sunday 12-5 PM Central time

Free wine tasting & tours. All wines produced from our vineyards . Peaceful setting & outdoor seating area one mile north of Westport on Highway 33

Lasata is an Indian word meaning a place of peace. Our winery is located in a peaceful wooded setting near Robeson Hills across the Wabash River from Vincennes, Indiana, one mile north of Westport, Illinois, on scenic highway 33. It is a wonderful place to sit and have a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery. Visit the gift shop and choose from a variety of wine related items plus customized gift baskets for any occasion. You may also call the winery to schedule your very own private tasting, or call us to schedule your next catered event. Lasata Wines L.L.C. creates a variety of wines, including a Sweet Blush, Dry White, Dry Red, and Sweet Whites all of which are available to enjoy at the winery. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lasatawines

Lasata Winery Brochure (pdf)


618/884-1200
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