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Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 17 2014   Later Dates


Hamilton County F&W Area also known as Dolan Lake , is a 1,683 acre site ideal for outdoor enjoyment. The property was acquired by the State of Illinois in 1960 and in 1962 a earthen damn was constucted for a 75 acre lake.The lake has 3 miles of shoreline and maximum depth is 18 feet. The site is one of gently rolling hills, with 1,300 acres being open for hunting. Most of the hunting area consists of small, open fields bordered by heavy fence rows, border plantings of warm season grasses, lespedeza and small food plots for wildlife food and cover.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bath House
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Handicap Sites
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Ice
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 100 Feet
  • Fishing, Reservoir
Within 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Propane
  • Tennis
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Mall
  • River/Stream
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. * 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 leash. Pet owners are resonsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly, There is NO pets alowed in cabins. * All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00PM.

For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-773-4340

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.05306, -88.39417
38°3'11"N, 88°23'39"W

Loacted 8 miles East of McLeansboro on Routre 14.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area
RR # 4, Box 242
McLeansboro IL 62859

Phone Number:

Project Office:(618)773-4340