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Shagbark Group Area Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of southern Illinois.Completed in the early 1970s, Rend Lake is a dam project that was built to provide dependable water supplies to nearby counties. Since then, the dam and lake have become a natural haven...
Status: Open through Sun Nov 02 2014   Season Dates

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Shagbark Group Area Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of southern Illinois.

Natural Features:

Completed in the early 1970s, Rend Lake is a dam project that was built to provide dependable water supplies to nearby counties. Since then, the dam and lake have become a natural haven for fish and wildlife as well as a recreational haven for more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rend Lake consists of 18,900 acres of water and 20,000 acres of land. Surrounded by hills, prairies and bottomlands, the scenery at the lake never disappoints.


Rend Lake is a relatively shallow reservoir, filled with countless native species of fish, making it an ideal angling destination. Abundant and large crappie and channel catfish are especially popular, along with hybrid striped bass and flathead catfish.

Birding is a popular pastime at the park, and the area provides the ideal habitat for a diverse range of bird species.

The Rend Lake Bike Trail offers opportunities for hiking and biking, along with the nearby Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, which also offers horseback riding.

The lake has earned the reputation of being one of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the state for both ducks and geese. There are also plenty of opportunities for archery and firearm deer hunting at higher elevations. Another popular attraction is the annual controlled pheasant hunt held at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.

Ranger-led educational programs are available at the Rend Lake Visitor Center. Boat rentals are also available at the Rend Lake Marina.


Shagbark Group Area Campground can accommodate up to 200 campers, and electric hookups, flush toilets, showers and drinking water create a comfortable camping experience.

A picnic area with grills, playground, beach and boat ramp are also provided, making the campground perfect for large parties and family functions.

Nearby Attractions:

Golf courses, shopping and a resort are all located within a few miles.

Booking Window
Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Oct 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Mar 28 2014 Sun Nov 02 2014
Peak Fri Mar 27 2015 Sun Nov 01 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fire Rings
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Playground
Within 10 Miles
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Hunting
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Visitor Center
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Mar 28 2014 -
Nov 02 2014
Peak Season
Mar 27 2015 -
Nov 01 2015

*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):
38.07111, -89.00556
38°4'16"N, 89°0'20"W

From I-57 take take exit 77 and turn west onto Route 154. Turn south onto Rend City Road and continue to the camp. Shagbark Group Area is located within North Sandusky Campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

8420 Loon Lane
Sesser  IL  62884

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493
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