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Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Oct 14 2014   Later Dates


Rolling hills, timbered shoreline and beautiful Ramsey Lake make this park a unique and popular recreation spot. Visitors will enjoy the picturesque woods, secluded picnic areas, and fishing and hunting opportunities, People who want to relax or those energetic outdoor people who want to hike, hunt, fish or camp should visit. The 1,960 acre area is located one mile northwest of Ramsey in Fayette County.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Rent Boats
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Sunbathing
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Horse
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Golf
Within 10 Miles
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Medical Clinic
  • Meeting Space
  • Newspapers
  • Pay Telephone
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Archery
  • Art & Museum
  • Car Rentals
  • Dining
  • First Aid Station
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Kennel
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Mall
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
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. * At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors. * Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only. * Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums. * 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 campgrounds. * All pets must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly * All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 PM * Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office. * 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 618-423-2215

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.16667, -89.13361
39°10'0"N, 89°8'1"W

* Going E or W on I-70, use Exit 63 at Vandalia. Go N on IL Hwy 51 to Ramsey continue 1 mile N of Ramsey to Ramsey Lake State Park Road, turn W (left), continue 1 mile to park entrance * Going S on IL Hwy 51 from Pana continue S 16 miles to Ramsey Lake State Park road - turn W (right), continue 1 mile to park entrance. * Going N on IL Hwy 51 from Vandalia continue N to Ramsey, continue N on Hwy 51 1 mile to Ramsey Lake State Park Road, turn W (left) continue 1 mile to park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area
PO Box 97 Ramsey Lake Road --- intersection of 2900 N Rd and 700 E Rd (Fayette County)
Ramsey IL 62080

Phone Number:

Information: (618)423-2215