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Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Oct 15 2014   Later Dates


With half of its 9000-plus acres a lake for Exelon's Clinton Nuclear Power Plant, Clinton Lake State Recreation Area is popular with anglers, boaters, campers, water-skiers, swimmers, hunters and hikers. Constructed in the 1970s, the lake starts three miles east of Clinton

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hunting
  • Information Center
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Skiing - Water
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Trails, Accessible
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Skiing
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Marina
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Church
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Newspapers
  • Pay Telephone
  • Propane
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Town
  • Viewing Platform/Overlook
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Art & Museum
  • Mall
  • Motel
  • Shopping
Alerts and Important Information
Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.

* 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. * Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only * Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the maximums established by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period Responsible use of alcohol is permitted in the park and campground, with the exception of Loops H, I, J and K All pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet at all times. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly All non-camping visitors are required to leave the campground at or before 10:00 pm Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors We hope you enjoy your stay or event. . . Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at (217) 935-8722

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.16316, -88.78925
40°9'47"N, 88°47'21"W

Located 10 miles West of Farmer City and 10 miles East of Clinton ( State Route 54 ) just 1.9 miles South of DeWitt on County Highway 14 ( Friends Creek Rd ) The informational sign you will follow at DeWitt reads 'MASCOUTIN STATE RECREATION AREA Located 3 miles West of Weldon and 12 miles East of Clinton ( State Route 10 ) just 2.5 miles North on County Highway 14 ( Friends Creek Rd ) The informational sign you will follow at the intersection of St Rt 10 and Friends Creek Rd reads 'MASCOUTIN STATE RECREATION AREA''

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
7251 Ranger Rd
DeWitt IL 61735

Phone Number:

Information: (217) 935-8722

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Dates of operation are approximate and weather dependent. The Boondocks Bait and Grill offers indoor and outdoor seating for its grill customers and also offers firewood, ice, bait and some camping supplies. During operation the phone number is 217/935-0925. from May 01 2010 to Oct 01 2010
  • 30 mile trail run at North Fork trail. For more information contact Bob O'Brien at 217-778-2256 on Mar 31 2012
  • This annual arts and crafts festival is held the last full weekend of September in Clinton. This festival covers several blocks as well as the DeWitt County 4H Fairgrounds, with vendors offering arts, crafts, food, and much more. from Sep 29 2012 to Sep 30 2012