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part ofRend Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Nov 29 2015   Season Dates


Gun Creek Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of southern Illinois.

Click here for a virtual tour of the area.

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.


Gun Creek Campground offers more than 60 reservable campsites and one large group picnic shelter. All campsites have electric hookups, and the campground offers a dump station, hot showers, flush toilets and drinking water in order to provide a comfortable camping experience for guests.

A boat dock, boat ramp and playground are also conveniently located within the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Interactive Programs
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Golf Course
  • Horseback Riding
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Visitors Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • One RV and three tents or four tents are permitted per reservation
  • Register with gate attendant upon arrival
  • Additional first-come, first-served sites are available
  • 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):
38.07861, -88.93028
38°4'43"N, 88°55'49"W

From I-57 take exit 77 and turn west on Route 154. Turn left onto Gun Creek Trail/Larry Foster Parkway, then right onto Golf Course Road. Continue 1/2 mile to park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

12165 Golf Course Drive
Whittington  IL  62897

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493
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