The lake and certain lands are open to the public for recreational activities, fishing, boating, picnicking and hunting. A large variety of fish, birds and wildlife can be found.
A wide variety of fish draw anglers for sport fishing and tournaments. About five miles of trails are behind the dam, and the White Squirrel Saddles Club has an arena here. They host events and have open horse shows, sanctioned events and conduct a Gaitway to Motion program.
Bring your Family to the Park for a great day of fun and relaxation. There are 4 pavilions to hold your family reunions, weddings, BBQ’s, picnics, and more. There is plenty of space to fly a kite. Your children can play on the playground, swim at the pool and play ball on one of the small ball diamonds. There is a walking path that circles the park for exercise. All summer long there are many ballgames played at any of the 8 diamonds. Come on out and cheer your favorite team. Tennis Courts, basketball courts, and the skate park help round out the many things there is to do. The lake was dredged and cleaned in 2015. The lake is not stocked with bass, catfish and blue gill.
Each year the Freeburg Homecoming is held in the park which helps The Freeburg Park District raise money to make improvements to your Park. The Homecoming is held the 3rd weekend in August. The 2018 dates are August 17 & 18. If you would like more information, please contact us on Facebook under Freeburg Recreation Park.
Both lakes offer boating, skiing, canoeing, camping, and fishing. Both are stocked with blue gill, crappie, large-mouth bass, and tiger muskie. Glenn Shoals Lake has a full-service marina, including a restaurant.
Fish the 75-acre Dolan Lake (with 3 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 18 feet) for largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, and bullheads. Within the 1,683-acre Illinois state park are picnic areas with tables, outdoor stoves, and drinking water. Horseback and hiking trails as well as playground equipment are available, and a concession stand operates from April 1 to Oct. 31. Cabins and camping available.
Heard’s Pond was originally built to supply water for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad steam engines, and to provide ice in winter for cutting and shipping. Today, a paved pathway leads to a series of fishing sites as well as a pavilion and fire pits.
The Park provides a boat ramp onto Lake McLeansboro, restroom facilities, and the Izaak Walton Log Cabin. The cabin, built by the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League in 1936, is currently undergoing restoration but will be available for social functions rental in Spring 2018.
The 1,400-acre lake and 300-acre park have boating, fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds, campgrounds, a beach, and horse trails. The Shoal Creek Conservation area on the southeast side of the lake has two easy hiking trails. The area is home to 700 species of plants, 70 species of butterflies and 70 species of breeding birds. Take a self-guided tour through native prairie lands and shoreline woods.
Public swimming pool, large water slides, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis, pickleball, and volleyball courts, miniature golf, batting cages, band shell, playgrounds and soccer, baseball, and softball fields. Several pavilions and picnic tables available.
The 58-acre park features a nature trail with two foot bridges, a meadow and a fishing pond. Primitive camping sites, a night sky observation station, and additional educational features are being developed.