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SPILLWAY GROUP AREA, IL

Spillway Group Area 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 for fish...
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  • Please contact the Rend Lake Project Office at 618-724-2493 to discuss your lighting and electrical needs.
  • When Reserving the Spillway Group Area: (10 acre site) your reservation includes the following:
    • Large Shelter (250 capacity)
    • Amphitheater (250 capacity)
    • Gazebo (30 capacity)
    • Playground
  • User responsible for providing additional tables, chairs, etc. above existing facility capacity.
  • Boat ramp available at South Marcum Recreation Area.
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Electric Hookup Full Hookup
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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Overview

Overview

Spillway Group Area 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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

Spillway Group Area offers 10 acres for company picnics, weddings, church gatherings, family reunions and many other outdoor events.

The area includes includes a large shelter (250 capacity), an amphitheater (250 capacity), and a small shelter (30 capacity), a playground, and direct access to the Rend Lake Bike Trail. Electric hookups are provided, and the area offers a playground, picnic tables, flush toilets and drinking water in order to provide a comfortable experience for guests.

Nearby Attractions:

Campgrounds, swimming beaches, boat ramps, golf courses, shopping and a resort are all located within a few miles.

Booking Window
Thu Oct 02 2014 - Wed Sep 30 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 Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Bike Trails
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Comfort Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • 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
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
GROUP PICNIC AREA $100.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
GROUP PICNIC AREA $100.00

*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):
38.0383, -88.95431
38°2'18"N, 88°57'16"W

From I-57: Take take exit 71 and turn west onto Highway 14. After 3 miles turn right on Rend City Road, then right on Main Dam. Continue 3 miles to the park entrance on the left.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SPILLWAY GROUP AREA
10833 Rend Lake Dam Road
Benton  IL  62812

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493
Additional Information