Explore open land, forests, lakes and rivers for fishing, hunting, swimming, boating or simply taking a walk. Our green spaces are really something to see!
Within the Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area, there’s excellent fishing and migratory bird watching for outdoor enthusiasts. A two-lane boat ramp, camping and picnic facilities are nearby.
Interpretive Visitors Center, trails, campsites, picnic shelters, playground, fishing lake
Belleville has 20+ parks with 200+ acres of parkland, ball diamonds, batting cages, concessions, grandstand seating for 300 and numerous playgrounds, walking and biking trails. Enjoy the New Bicentennial Park, celebrating Belleville’s 200th Anniversary in 2014.
Sanctuary for a wide variety of bird species
36 acres, fishing, swimming at the beach, a playground and boating!
The Marina is on the east side of Carlyle Lake adjacent to the Boulder Recreation Area. It has modern concrete docks, water and electric service, a gas dock and ship’s store, boat lifts, private ramp and more.
The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover’s playground.
Located in Eldon Hazlet State Park, the marina offers launching facilities, a clubhouse, and other amenities. Open to the Sailing Public, the association organizes several sailing regattas from May through October. The harbor accommodates more than 280 boats in ‘dry sail’ plus 100 beach cats. There are three electric hoists, two ramps,
and a 300-foot beach area. CSA offers club activities from May through October including a 25-weekend racing program, learn-to-sail programs for kids and adults, sailboat/kayak rentals, training programs, and numerous social events.
A relaxing walking trail winds around the turtle filled pond through the tall shady trees and across rustic bridges. The 30-acre nature park includes a fising pond, hiking trails and picnic shelters.
Katy Cavins Community Center, swimming pool, six ball diamonds (two lighted), four lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball court, playgrounds, kitchen facilities, pavilions, horseshoe pit, and log cabin.
Sand volleyball courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field, a 1.5-mile walking/running path, concession stands, picnic shelters, a large lake and the new playground make this park a getaway for visitors. Every year the Midwest Salute to the Arts is held here in August.
45 acres of recreation space include a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, skateboard park, several picnic shelters and a variety of playground equipment. The centerpiece of the park is an old locomotive from the early railroad days.
Best known for the annual Balloon Fest, there are also walking trails, nature areas, 36-hole disc golf course and gathering places. This 235-acre park also hosts the annual Festival of Lights each December.
Upland forest, savanna, hill prairie, limestone glade, limestone cliff and sink hole ponds. The area is rich in plants and animals species. From the south end of Fults, take Bluff.
Four baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer fields or two football fields are featured. There is also a basketball court, skate park, concessions stand and a 2.7 mile walking trail.
This fun filled family park is the site of picnics, family reunions, a children’s playground, tennis and basketball courts and a skateboard park. The Veterans Memorial is here and a ceremony held each year after the Veterans Day Parade.
Boating, fishing year-round, campground, marina
Covered shelters, electricity and restrooms/south side of East Fork Lake
Major Shopping Centers
Bikes and Walking Trails
Hunting and Fishing
Hotels and Motels
Bed and Breakfasts