Lake Murphysboro State Park, IL

Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County about one mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre state park is the perfect place to enjoy ...

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Description

Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro and provide a wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County about one mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre state park is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. History: Archeological evidence for both the Old Woodland and Paleolithic Native American cultures has been uncovered at the site. The Paleo people lived in small, temporary camps and were known as big game hunters. The Woodland culture left more evidence, since it was agricultural and is known for large settlements. By the early 1800s, there were no Native American settlements in the immediate area. When Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, the Federal government gave Illinois three saline lands. One of them, located less than a mile southwest of the park, was leased to Dr. Conrad Will, who served in both the Illinois House and Senate in the early days of statehood. Dr. Will operated a salt works at the site, and the town of Brownsville grew up around it. The salt works closed in 1840, and all that remains of the town is the cemetery. Although the State of Illinois did not purchase the 1,022 acres that would become Lake Murphysboro State Park until 1948, interest in the area as a public recreational park began in the 1930s. Originally developed by the State's Division of Fisheries, Lake Murphysboro State Park was transferred to the Division of Parks and Memorials in 1955. Today, the park is maintained by the Department of Natural Resources.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archery
  • BATHHOUSE
  • BOAT RAMP
  • Boating
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Dining
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Jogging/Running
  • PIER, FISHING
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Recycling Station
  • River/Stream
  • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
  • Shelters
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Amphitheater
  • Aquarium Display
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Marina
  • Newspapers
  • Powerboating
  • SWIMMING, PARK LAKE
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Sightseeing
  • Waterfall
  • Winery Tours
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Cabins
  • Car Rentals
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Cottages
  • Cultural Activities
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Mall
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Propane
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Shopping
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Outfitter
  • Programs, Nature
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Skiing - Water
  • Viewing Platform/Overlook
Alerts and Important Information
  • Daily park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All camping visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 p.m. - you must be off the trails by dusk.
  • 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 May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • All pets must be on a leash not to exceed 10 feet, pet owners are responsible for their pets waste and must dispose of it properly. Owners must keep their pets quiet between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m (quiet time).
  • All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 p.m.
  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the parks office.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to illinois residents only.
  • Water hydrants - All campers may fill water tanks, but disconnect after full. All campers may not wash vehicles or campers, fill water ballons, or allow children to play in the water.
  • Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed off paved or graveled roads. All terrain vehicles are prohibited. No Bicycles are allowed on the trails. Motorized vehicles (scooters/golf carts) must be licensed to travel on roads.
  • All handicap sites must have proper indentification stating they are disabled. Security of State disability card, coded with a P2, M2A, P20 or a military disabilty card. The military disablity card must note you have camping privileges.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-684-2867
  • Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Lake Murphysboro State Park
    52 Cinder Hill Drive
    Murphysboro  IL  62966

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (618)684-2867