Lake Murphysboro State Park, IL

Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County about one mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre state park is the perfect place...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Feb 18 2015   Later Dates

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  • Daily park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All camping visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 p.m. - you must be off the trails by dusk.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
  • The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • All pets must be on a leash not to exceed 10 feet, pet owners are responsible for their pets waste and must dispose of it properly. Owners must keep their pets quiet between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m (quiet time).
  • All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 p.m.
  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the parks office.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to illinois residents only.
  • Water hydrants - All campers may fill water tanks, but disconnect after full. All campers may not wash vehicles or campers, fill water ballons, or allow children to play in the water.
  • Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed off paved or graveled roads. All terrain vehicles are prohibited. No Bicycles are allowed on the trails. Motorized vehicles (scooters/golf carts) must be licensed to travel on roads.
  • All handicap sites must have proper indentification stating they are disabled. Security of State disability card, coded with a P2, M2A, P20 or a military disabilty card. The military disablity card must note you have camping privileges.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-684-2867
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    Lake Murphysboro State Park Standard 4 25 Back-In
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    Lake Murphysboro State Park Standard 4 35 Pull-Through
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
    Overview

    Description

    Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County about one mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre state park is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. History: Archeological evidence for both the Old Woodland and Paleolithic Native American cultures has been uncovered at the site. The Paleo people lived in small, temporary camps and were known as big game hunters. The Woodland culture left more evidence, since it was agricultural and is known for large settlements. By the early 1800s, there were no Native American settlements in the immediate area. When Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, the Federal government gave Illinois three saline lands. One of them, located less than a mile southwest of the park, was leased to Dr. Conrad Will, who served in both the Illinois House and Senate in the early days of statehood. Dr. Will operated a salt works at the site, and the town of Brownsville grew up around it. The salt works closed in 1840, and all that remains of the town is the cemetery. Although the State of Illinois did not purchase the 1,022 acres that would become Lake Murphysboro State Park until 1948, interest in the area as a public recreational park began in the 1930s. Originally developed by the State's Division of Fisheries, Lake Murphysboro State Park was transferred to the Division of Parks and Memorials in 1955. Today, the park is maintained by the Department of Natural Resources.

    Booking Window

    Shelter

    Fri Aug 29 2014 - Sat Aug 22 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard

    Fri Aug 29 2014 - Wed Feb 18 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Non Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
    Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Archery
    • BATHHOUSE
    • BOAT RAMP
    • Boating
    • Campground Host
    • Camping, Equestrian
    • Camping, Improved Site
    • Camping, Primitive
    • Dining
    • Dock, Boat
    • Dock, Fishing
    • Dump Station, Camper
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Park Lake
    • Fishing, Pier
    • Geological Formations
    • Grills
    • Handicap Access
    • Hiking
    • Hiking - Difficult
    • Hiking - Moderate
    • Hiking Trail
    • Information/Contact Station
    • Jogging/Running
    • PIER, FISHING
    • Paddle Boating
    • Parking
    • Photography
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Pavilion
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Recycling Station
    • River/Stream
    • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
    • Shelters
    • Toilet, Pit/Vault
    • Trails, Moderate Hiking
    • Walking
    • Water, Drinking
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Greater Than 1 Mile
    • Admin Service, Copying
    • Admin Service, Faxing
    • Amphitheater
    • Aquarium Display
    • Fish Hatchery
    • Fuel, Boats
    • Golf
    • Hunting
    • Lodging, Cabins
    • Maintenance, Boat
    • Marina
    • Newspapers
    • Powerboating
    • SWIMMING, PARK LAKE
    • Seasonal Festivals
    • Sightseeing
    • Waterfall
    • Winery Tours
    Within 10 Miles
    • Antiquing
    • Cabins
    • Car Rentals
    • Cash Machine/Atm
    • Catering
    • Church
    • Cottages
    • Cultural Activities
    • Emergency Services
    • Fuel, Vehicles
    • Golfing
    • Grocery Store
    • Group/Community Facility
    • Maintenance, Vehicle
    • Mall
    • Orchard/Produce Farm
    • Propane
    • Retail, Firewood
    • Retail, Ice
    • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
    • Retail, Snacks
    • Shopping
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Airport
    • Hospital
    • Maintenance, RV/Camper
    • Medical Clinic
    • Motel
    • Outfitter
    • Programs, Nature
    • Retail, Supplies
    • Skiing - Water
    • Viewing Platform/Overlook
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    CAMPSITES, CABINS:
    Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

    Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

    No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

    SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Apr 01 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    Standard $10.00-$30.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Walk In Season
    Nov 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Standard $10.00-$20.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Non Peak Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Mar 31 2015
    Standard $10.00-$20.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Peak Season
    Apr 01 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    Standard $10.00-$20.00
    Shelter $25.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.78056, -89.38056
    37°46'50"N, 89°22'50"W

    Lake Murphysboro State Park is located in Jackson County on the north side of Rt. 149, approximately 2 miles west of Murphysboro. From Rt. 13, 127, and 149 junction, take Rt. 149 west 2 miles to the entrance of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid Lake. From Rt. 3, take 149 east approximately 5 miles to the entrance of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid Lake..
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Lake Murphysboro State Park
    52 Cinder Hill Drive
    Murphysboro  IL  62966

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (618)684-2867
    Additional Information