Randolph County State Recreation Area, IL

Randolph County State Recreation Area is a mecca for outdoor recreational activities. Fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting and camping are just a few of the choices, keeping even the most avid outdoorsman content. Located five miles northeast of Chester in Randolph County...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Jan 20 2015   Later Dates

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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.
* The maximum length of camping stay from April 1 through October 31 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
* Responsible use of alcohol is permitted in the park and campground.
*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.
*Campfires allowed in grills only. No ground fires. Please do not put cans, bottles, etc. in fires.
*Please do not throw trash, bottles, cans, etc. into pit toilets.
Firewood Ban: It is illegal to bring or possess on IDNR properties any firewood from out-of-state or from a quarantine area or adjacent counties where wood exportation or movement has been prohibited by State or Federal Law..

For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-826-2706

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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 40 Back-In
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 40 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 40 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 40 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 30 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 20 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 40 Back-In
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Randolph County State Recreation Area Standard 4 30 Back-In
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** 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

Randolph County State Recreation Area is a mecca for outdoor recreational activities. Fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting and camping are just a few of the choices, keeping even the most avid outdoorsman content. Located five miles northeast of Chester in Randolph County, it lies in the rolling hill country of southern Illinois. Offering a cool retreat from hot summer days, well shaded picnic areas, hiking trails and scenic forest stands await park visitors.

Randolph County Lake is a 65 acre clear-water lake and is stocked with walleye, saugeye, channel catfish, redear and bluegill sunfish, and rainbow trout. Game fish such as largemouth bass, green sunfish, bullhead and crappie also can be found, so no angler should be disappointed.

The area is renowned for its wooded areas and abundance of songbirds and wildlife. Thirteen miles of horse trails provide riders with the same panorama of sights and sounds.

Booking Window
Thu Jul 31 2014 - Tue Jan 20 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
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • BOAT RAMP
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Stalls
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • PIER, FISHING
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters
  • Stargazing
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Antiquing
  • Art & Museum
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Church
  • Cultural sites / Exhibtits
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • HISTORIC STRUCTURE/FEATURE
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Supplies
  • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Artifact/Petroglyph View
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
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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 $18.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Standard $18.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Standard $18.00
Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
Standard $18.00

*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):
37.98083, -89.80444
37°58'51"N, 89°48'16"W

Site is located just northeast of Chester on Palestine Road. Coming south on State Route 3 turn left at Shawneetown Trail crossroad. Turn right on Palestine Road. Follow signs. Entrance is on left on Palestine Road.

Coming north on State Route 3 to Chester. Follow signs in Chester to Palestine Road. Entrance to right on Palestine Road.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Randolph County State Recreation Area
4301 South Lake Drive
Chester  IL  62233

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)826-2706
Additional Information