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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Oct 13 2014   Later Dates


Overlooking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 19,000-acre Rend Lake Reservoir, Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park is a gateway to Southern Illinois biggest outdoor playground - a paradice for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests. The park offers outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and other outdoor recreational pursuits. You'd be hard pressed to find a recreational complex with more activities than Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. Birders visiting the area have an excellent chance of seeing great blue heron, American bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl. The resident population of ring-necked pheasants that Wayne Fitzgerrell supports is unique in Southern Ilinois. White-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum and squirrel, are among the mammals wildlife enthusiasts are likely to see. A 4.2 mile hiking/biking trail provides wonderful hiking/biking and wildlife viewing opportunities. The beautiful Rend Lake Resort located within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park offers first class accomodations in one of southern Illinois finest Recreation Areas.The site was dedicated and opened in 1975, the park encompasses 3,300 acresof former farmland leased to the Department of Natural Resources by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Area attraction
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Cottages
  • Dining
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
  • Driftwood Collecting
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Kiosk
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Meeting Space
  • Motel
  • Newspapers
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Recycling Station
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Fuel, Vehicles
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Archery
  • Art & Museum
  • Ball Field
  • Car Rentals
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Marina
  • Medical Clinic
  • Moorage
  • Museum
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Pay Telephone
  • Programs, Nature
  • Propane
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Putt-putt
  • Recreation Programs
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Town
  • Volleyball
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Mall
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. * 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 618-629-2320

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.1125, -88.91111
38°6'45"N, 88°54'40"W

Located 6 miles north of Benton, Il., the park entrance is 2 miles west of Interstate 57, located on Illinois Route 154. ~ Going north on I-57, use Exit #77 the Sesser, Il.exit… Go west on Illinois Route 154 2 miles and you will turn north at park main entrance. ~ Going south on I-57, use Exit 77 the Sesser, Il. exit… Go west on Illinois Route 154 2 miles and you will turn north at main park entrance. Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park is very well signed on I-57 and other major highways and easy to find. Once you enter the park just follow the signs to your destination.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
11094 Ranger Road
Whittington IL 62897

Phone Number:

Information: (618)629-2320