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 Rend Lake Surrounding Area  

Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park


Rend Lake-is the second largest man made lake in the state of Illinois, consisting of 18,900 acres of water with 162 miles of shoreline. There are six major recreation areas featuring campgrounds, beaches, picnic and public wildlife areas. The lake also offers outstanding public hunting areas for deer, quail, rabbit, dove, ducks, and Canadian Geese. The lake is one of the most popular fishing sites in the region. There are several boat ramps and a full service marina on the lake. For more information contact the U.S.- Army Corps of Engineers at (618) 724-2493 or the Rend Lake Visitor's Center at (618) 439-7430.

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park-overlooks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 18,900 acre Rend Lake Reservoir, Wayne Fitzgerrell is a getaway to Southern Illinois biggest outdoor playground-a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests. The Park offers outstanding opportunities for field trials, hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor recreation pursuits. The Rend Lake Resort is also located within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. For more information contact 11094 Ranger Road, Whittington, IL, 62897 (618) 629-2320.

Rend Lake Golf Course-one of the finsest public golf courses in the Midwest. This twenty-seven hole complex is located just off of Interstate 57, Exit 77. The course features large contoured bent Grass greens along Zoysia fairways and tees. Rend Lake is recognized as both challenging for the accomplished player and enjoyable for the beginning golfer. Rend Lake hosts the Annual Gateway PGA Southern Illinois Open and will host the Illinois State Amateur in 1998. Rend Lake Golf Course also features a large lighted driving range with target greens and two large tee areas as well as a full service Pro Shop. To schedule a lesson or clinic, set up a tee time or for more information contact the Rend Lake Pro Shop at (618) 629-2353.

The Rend Lake Conservancy District Hunting Preserve-was established to meet the needs of sportsman seeking an extended hunting season of September to April of outstanding hunting opportunities, either for themselves or clients and guests. The upland game hunts are professionally guided with highly trained pointing dogs. At the conclusion of your hunt the birds are cleaned, packaged and refrigerated. Upland hunting of Pheasant, Chucker, and Quail is available at the reserve. NO LIMIT! The club house is surrounded by 400 acres, inside you will find 10 lighted trap fields, a lighted skeet field and 10 sporting clay stations. The RLCD Hunting Preserve has the facilities and resources to handle any size group, from two to fifty-two people. We can guarantee an outing that will be an exciting and memorable experience. For schedules, information, or reservations call (618) 629-2368.

Rend Lake Outfitters-A fishing and hunting guide service tailored to meet the needs of every sportsman. Let our guides show you where to coat Crappie, White Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish and LargeMouth Bass from rend Lake's depths. We supply the guide, boat, motor, gas, bait, tackle, box lunch and a cold drink. For a reservation call (618) 629-2368.

Benton Country Club-Located east of Benton, housing a very nice 9 hole golf course, with dining facilities open 7 days a week. For further information call (618) 439-0921.

West Frankfort Country Club-Golf Course, full service restaurant facility. Call for more information (618) 937-1717.

Christopher Saddle Club-Southeast of Christopher, offers 13 acres of riding and lots of other summer activities. Shows are open to the public, membership fee is $10.00 annually. Call (618) 724-2113 for more details.


Benton Civic Center-Located in Benton, is the site of Ag Days, musical performances, quilt and craft fairs and many other annual events. Facility seats 2,500 and is available for rent. Call (618) 435-5700 for schedule of events and other information.

Old Franklin County Jail Museum-Styled in Georgian Revival Architecture, the Society for Historical Preservation of Franklin County is continually restoring the building to it's once original condition. The restored areas of the building are open for viewing, showing such things as Charlie Birger, a gangster during the early 1900's and the last man hung in Illinois. General John A. Logan and many other Civil War exhibits are on display. It also houses the Franklin County Tourism Bureau where you can get information, brochures, and directions. Tours are available during museum hours. Call 1-800-661-9998.

Silkwood Inn Museum-Built in 1827 by Barzilla Silkwood, was used as a private residence for the Silkwood family and their 16 "orphaned" children. This historic two-story Inn was a frequent stop for travelers along the historic Shawneetown-Kaskaskia trail. This Inn had been restored and is now a museum depicting life in rural Southern Illinois in the 1800's. Open scheduled days only. Call (618) 724-7270 in advance for dates and hours.

Frankfort Area Historical Museum-Dedicated in 1974, the old Logan School building has been renovated to be used as a preservation of the history of the area from 1802 through 1976. A pioneer home has been created from five display rooms and the museum contains a genealogy library. Open Weds. & Thurs. For more information call (618) 927-6159.

Depot Veteran's Museum/Coal Miner's Memorial-100 East Main Street, West Frankfort. Restored railroad depot housing a museum of memorabilia of all 1900 was, tours are available. Call (618) 927-2205.

Sesser Historic Opera House-Originally built in 1904, this structure was destroyed by fire. The present building was rebuilt in Spanish Colonial style. The Opera has been restored and is now used for community theater and musical programs. Call (618) 625-5511 for schedules and information.

Southern Illinois Artisan Shop & Visitor's Center (formerly Arts & Crafts Marketplace)-Rend Lake-Sesser Interstate 57. Exit #77. A beautiful 15,000 sq. ft. facility featuring the works of more than 350 Southern Illinois artisans. Craft demonstrations and exhibits take place through the summer months. Call (618) 629-2506 for information and group tours.

I-57 Raceway Drag Strip-1 mile south of Benton just west of Route 37. Offers drag racing April through October. Admission price call (618) 439-6039 for race times.


Rend Lake Resort-located on the shores of Rend Lake in the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The resort is all season fun. The boatel cabins overlook the water and are accessible by boat or car. The new complex offers a great escape from life's little problems and stress. Just five miles off Interstate 57. For your pleasure, the resort offers a beautiful pool for sunbathing and swimming. For reservations or more information on our hunting, fishing, or golfing packages, call 1-800-633-3341. Facilities: Riding stables, "Windows" Restaurant, "Reilly's Lounge", Conference/Banquet Rooms, Convenience Store/Gift Shop, Tennis Court, Courtesy Boat Docks, Marine Fuel Stations, Bait, Pontoon Rentals, Kennels.

Season's at Rend Lake-Located at the Golf Course just off Interstate 57, Exit #77. Offers affordable priced, beautifully furnished and tastefully decorated rooms, and an outdoor pool and patio area, optional spa and fireplace suites, and meeting rooms accommodating 12 to 250 people. Golf Packages may be customized to suit your needs. Hunting, fishing guides and packages are avaialbe. "Season's on the Green" Dining facility. Call 1-800-999-0977 for reservations and details.

Days Inn-711 W. Main Street, Benton. Discounts: AAA & AARP. Facilities: Meeting/Convention services, dining, lounge, entertainment, and in-house movies. Handicap accessible rooms. Credit cards accepted: MC, VS, AE, DS, DC. Call (618) 439-3183 for reservations.

Gray Plaza Motel-706 W. Main Street, Benton. Call (618) 439-3113 for reservations and facilities.

Motel Benton-407 North Main Street, Benton. Call (618) 435-3105 for reservations and facilities.

Gretchen's (Bed & Breakfast) (618) 625-6067

Gray Plaza Motel-1010 West Main Street, West Frankfort. Call (618) 932-3116 for information.

Ho Jo In-1001 Factory Outlet Drive, West Frankfort. Call (618) 932-2171 for more information and reservations.


Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park-6 miles north of Benton. Many camping and RV units available. Call (618) 629-2320 for availability.

Rend Lake-North and South Sandusky, Gun Creek, and South Marcum are the various camping areas. Reservations call (877) 444-6777.

LB's Campground-Route 1, Sesser. Swimming pool. Call (618) 625-6250.

Coy & Wilma's One Stop-14387 N. Rend City Rd., Sesser, IL. Call for information (618) 625-2101.

Holiday Trav-L-Park-Route 1, Whittington. Swimming pool, store, playground. Call for details (618) 439-4860.

KOA-Kampground Of America-North DuQuoin Road, Benton. Pool, store. Call for further information (618) 439-4860.

Klaesner's First Stop-14759 N. Rend City Rd., Sesser, IL. Call (618) 625-5507.

Rend Lake Marina-The marina is located on the south end of Rend Lake. Various levels of service from full service to daytime courtesy docks are available. Various boat rentals are also available. Call (877) 444-6777.

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