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part ofRend Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015   Season Dates


Dale Miller Youth Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of southern Illinois.

With amenities including an picnic shelter with electricity, large grassy fields, a private beach and playground facilties--Dale Miller Youth Campground is the ideal location for groups of young campers.

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.


Dale Miller Youth Campground has five cabins, each with bunk beds that can sleep eight. There are also several RV campsites and tent sites available, bringing the total capacity to 200 guests.

A large enclosed picnic shelter with electricity, tables, a fireplace and grill is provided, along with a private beach, playground, baseball field, basketball court and tennis court.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Court
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rental
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Hunting
  • Laundry
  • Visitors Center
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicle use must have prior approval
  • Bunk beds are metal; campers should bring mattresses or sleeping pads
  • Register with gate attendant upon arrival to pick up cabin keys
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.03528, -88.9425
38°2'7"N, 88°56'33"W

From I-57 take take exit 71 and turn west onto Route 14. After 3 miles turn right on Rend City Road, then right again on Main Dam Road. Continue 3 miles to the camp entrance on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

11623 Trailhead Lane
BENTON  IL  62812

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493
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