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Horseshoe Lake-Madison State Park, IL

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

Description

Horseshoe Lake State Park is located near Highway 111 in Madison County which lies in the southwestern part of Illinois. Only minutes away from a large surrounding urban area, the park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The site consists of approximately 3,000 acres, 1,200 of which is lake. Horseshoe Lake SP has been inhabited by various American Indian groups throughout time. The earliest evidence of their activity at this site dates 8000 B.C. during the Archaic Period. Artifacts have also been found which fall into the Woodland Period 1000B.C. - 1000A.D. During this period American Indians lived by hunting and gathering wild foods. Horseshoe Lake served as an excellent food source where they fished, hunted animals and gathered wild vegetables. A 3.5 mile hiking trail exists inside the park on Walkers Island. The site provides numerous hunting programs from September through February. All hunters are asked to check the sites hunter fact sheets for information. Fishing opportunities exist both from boats and bank fishing. No boat rentals on site. Boat motors of up to 50 horsepower are permitted on the lake. No swimming or jet skiing allowed. Primitive, or class "C" camping, is available from May 1st thru Sept 30th. No showers or electrical hook ups provided. Only registered campers are allowed in the campground area. Numerous picnic tables are located throughout the park. Five picnic shelters, some of which have potable water, electricity, etc are provided.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archeological Sites
  • Archery
  • BOAT RAMP
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dining
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • PIER, FISHING
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, Nature
  • Recreation Programs
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Shelters
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Bicycling
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Town
  • Trails, Bicycle
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • BATHHOUSE
  • Cultural sites / Exhibtits
  • Emergency Services
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Firewood
  • WATER ACCESS, RIVER / STREAM
Within 10 Miles
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Amphitheater
  • Car Rentals
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Gardens, Botanical Displ
  • Golf
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Mall
  • RENTALS, BICYCLES
  • Recycling Station
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Shuttle Service
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Water Slides
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Antiquing
  • Area attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Cabins
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Equestrian Group
  • Fruit / Produce Picking
  • LODGING, GROUP FACILITIES
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • 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.
Park opens at sunrise and closes at 10 pm.
NONE OF THE FOLLOWING ARE ALLOWED IN THIS PARK: INFLATABLE DEVICES, WATER SLIDES, PINATAS, WATER BALLOONS, AND LIVESTOCK.
Campground is open May 1st thru Sept 30th ONLY.
ALL PARK VISITORS (non-campers) MUST VACATE THE PARK BY 10 pm.

For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-931-0270.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.69028, -90.07917
38°41'25"N, 90°4'45"W

Horseshoe Lake SP is located approximately 4 miles south of Interstate 270 and approximately 4 miles north of Interstates 55/70, on Illinois Hwy 111 in the southwestern area of Illinois. The site office is near the parks main entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Horseshoe Lake-Madison State Park
3321 Hwy 111
Granite City IL 62040

Phone Number:

Project Office:(618)931-0270