Congratulations! You've just discovered Rend Lake, the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of activities, events and nature at its best. Even a short visit to Rend Lake will impress you with the versatility of this magnificent area.Rend Lake is made up of 20,633 acres of water and 19,523 acres of land. Wildlife in the area includes deer, turkey, fox, raqccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and others as seasons change throughout the year. Whether you're looking for high adventure, a peaceful retreat, or something in between, you'll find it here in the heart of Southern Illinois.
Dale Miller Youth Campground has five cabins with open floorplans to accomodate air mattresses or other sleeping equipment. There are also nine (9) RV campsites and several 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.
The Dale Miller Youth Area is currently undergoing renovations which include the following:
Off-road vehicle use must have prior approval.
Register with gate attendant at South Marcum Campground upon arrival to pick up cabin keys.
Prior approval for the placement of non-camping equipment including portable toilets, inflatables, refrigerators, etc. required. Please contact the Project Office for additional information, (618) 724-2493.
The cabins have an open floor plan. Campers should bring their own equipment (air mattress, cot, etc.) to sleep on.
See Park Information Guide for additional rules and regulations.
Dale Miller Youth Campground sits along the Southeastern banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. With amenities including a picnic shelter with electricity, large grassy fields, a private beach and playground facilities, Dale Miller Youth Campground is the ideal location for groups of young campers.
Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away you'll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.
Rend Lake Project Office 11981 REND CITY ROAD BENTON IL 62812
11623 TRAILHEAD LANE Benton IL 62812
For campground inquiries, please call: 618-724-2493
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.