Williamson County is a regional destination for a wide variety of high-quality outdoor recreation and sporting events. Visitors can experience exceptional fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, hiking scenic trails, cycling (on and off-road), camping, swimming, and picnicking. Enjoy easy access to a national wildlife refuge, a national forest, our great lakes, and local parks.
Located on the northeast corner of Johnston City, this 35-acre lake includes a paved boat ramp for fishing, walking path, and campground. Only electric motors and canoes are permitted. You will find largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, and channel catfish in this small reservoir.
The 2.13-mile nature trail with numerous slopes, winds around the peaceful Arrowhead Lake adjacent to the Campground. The trail is rocked with benches along the route for resting. Walkers and bikers are welcome as well as pets on a leash. Water fountains (for humans and pets) available during the summer season, restrooms available year round. Parking, playground and picnic area is adjacent to the nature trail. Hours are from sunrise to sunset.
Located in the center of Energy, Bruce Park is a nicely manicured 8-acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields. The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports. While you are there, take a look at the military memorial. There is also a schoolhouse bell monument that stood on the site.
This beautiful Carterville park includes a community center, baseball field, skate park, walking path that surrounds a fishing pond, volleyball courts (sand), playground, pavilion, gazebo, and memorial garden. Ball fields and shelters can be reserved.
Located on the Northwest edge of Cannon Park, just north of the Harrison Bruce Annex/Carterville Community Center. The walking path is approximately 0.6 miles, asphalted, well lit, and beautifully landscaped. Bring your kids and let them fish in the pond, or skate at the skate park—both very close by. Parking and restrooms are available. Runners and walkers are welcome, no dogs please.
This 1-mile walking path gives you the opportunity to check out historic downtown Carterville. Make sure to take a moment and look closely at the antique architectural features that still grace many of our buildings. Most of these buildings house modern businesses including a furniture store, cabinet company, daycare center and even our city government. This well lit path is completely paved and pets are welcome.
This 6,965-acre reservoir is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is fed by Devils Kitchen Lake and Little Grassy Lake, which are also within the Refuge. The lake offers opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and swimming. Two campgrounds, Blue Heron and Crab Orchard, operate on the northern side of the lake.
Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Crab Orchard Lake Marina is home to the Crab Orchard Lake Sailing Association and is located ¼ mile south of Route 13 and Spillway Road. Restrooms are available and overnight camping is located off-site within the Refuge.